Skip to main content

Incorporating psychology into cyber security education: A pedagogical approach.

Taylor-Jackson, J., McAlaney, J., Foster, J.L., Bello, A., Maurushat, A. and Dale, J., 2020. Incorporating psychology into cyber security education: A pedagogical approach. In: International Conference on Financial Cryptography and Data Security FC 2020: Financial Cryptography and Data Security, 14 February 2020, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 207 - 217.

Full text available as:

AsiaUSEC20_paper_14.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial.


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-54455-3_15


The role of the human in cyber security is well acknowledged. Many cyber security incidents rely upon targets performing specific behavioural actions, such as opening a link within a phishing email. Cyber adversaries themselves are driven by psychological processes such as motivation, group dynamics and social identity. Furthermore, both intentional and unintentional insider threats are associated with a range of psychological factors, including cognitive load, mental wellbeing, trust and interpersonal relations. By incorporating psychology into cyber security education, practitioners will be better equipped with the skills they need to address cyber security issues. However, there are challenges in doing so. Psychology is a broad discipline, and many theories, approaches and methods may have little practical significance to cyber security. There is a need to sift through the literature to identify what can be applied to cyber security. There are also pedagogical differences in how psychology and cyber security are taught and also psychological differences in the types of student that may typically study psychology and cyber security. To engage with cyber security students, it is important that these differences are identified and positively addressed. Essential to this endeavor is the need to discuss and collaborate across the two disciplines. In this paper, we explore these issues and discuss our experiences as psychology and cyber security academics who work across disciplines to deliver psychology education to cyber security students, practitioners and commercial clients.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:34711
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:20 Oct 2020 12:13
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:24


Downloads per month over past year

More statistics for this item...
Repository Staff Only -