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Psychology and Cybersecurity: Implications for Research and Practice

03 May 2023

Join us on Tuesday, 30 May at Alliance Manchester Business School for this Seminar with Q&A and lunch provided

Speaker: Robert di Schiavi | Head of Cyber Security, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Date and Time: Tuesday, 30 May 2023 | 12.30pm - 2pm

Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School

Summary: Cybersecurity has become a major concern in the digital age, as the increasing reliance on technology has led to an increase in cyberattacks. The psychology of cyber security involves the study of the human factors that contribute to the success or failure of cybersecurity efforts. This includes the behaviour of both attackers and defenders, as well as the social and psychological factors that influence the effectiveness of security measures. Understanding the psychology of cyber security is crucial in developing effective strategies to prevent cyberattacks and protect sensitive information. Key areas of research include understanding user behavior and decision-making, creating effective security awareness programs, and designing secure systems that take into account the human element. By considering the psychological factors that influence cybersecurity, we will look at how organisations can better protect themselves and their customers from the growing threat of cybercrime .

Bio: Robert di Schiavi is a Neuro-Diverse Cyber Security Technology leader, who currently heads up the cyber security function at the PHSO. After picking up his initial toolset as a 'child hacker' he continued his exposure to technological security with a career in the military. He has developed a broad range of specialist skills in multiple domains including risk management, malware detection, analysis, programming, reverse engineering, and social engineering. He is also highly skilled in developing strategies to incorporate and deploy frameworks, and cyber security road maps.

He has sat on several boards including the NorthWest Cyber Resilliance Centre Expert Group: threat intelligence working group, and is now the Head of Technical Advisory for Bsides Lancashire. He has several publications, online, and is heavily involved in the cyber security community.