The social psychology of cybersecurity

Authors: McAlaney, J., Thackray, H. and Taylor, J.

Journal: The Psychologist

Volume: 29

Issue: 9

Pages: 686-689

Publisher: The British Psychological Society

ISSN: 0952-8229

Cybersecurity incidents may seem very technological in nature, but ultimately the hackers and the organisations they target are people, with their own goals, influences and beliefs. There is a danger of relying on lazy stereotypes of those involved in cybersecurity, or taking the Hollywood portrayals of hackers and cybersecurity experts as fact. Our research aims to explore the social psychological factors of this increasingly important societal issue, as well as inputting into the discussion about where psychologists should place themselves in what can be a controversial and morally complex topic.

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