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Understanding factors that influence our levels of cybersecurity

19 June 2020

This study explores factors that can possibly influence our levels of cybersecurity to help us engineer better systems. Antivirus software and IT rules can be rigid which can restrict how work is performed. Simultaneously, individuals are increasingly responsible more a variety of tasks and tight deadlines. This study investigates if these factors contribute to successful cyber attacks such as phishing or ransomware.


  • Age: Over 18yrs
  • Location: Skype or Teams
  • Experience: ANY of these scenarios: 1. Accidentally sent an email to the wrong person with confidential information OR 2. Accidentally clicked a link that resulted in a cyberattack (ransomware/phishing scam) on personal or professional device OR 3. Clicked a link by mistake that allowed someone to hack email, take control of the device or access social media account

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Ethical approval

This study has been approved by the Ethics Committee at the University of Nottingham.

About the researcher

Hi, my name is Neeshé Khan and in this study I'm investigating factors that might influence our cybersecurity robustness in our personal or professional lives. With many successful cyberattacks such as ransomware and phishing, I think we need to design innovative solutions to overcome threats through human centric design.

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