The Social and Behavioural Science for Cyber Security Conference 2019


The Social and Behavioural Science for Cyber Security Conference aims to highlight the contributions social and behavioural science can make to cyber security challenges.

The event will bring together industry experts and researchers from the social and behavioural sciences, to provide insights into real-world cyber security problems and demonstrate the impact that social and behavioural science can have.

The conference will showcase the latest research, provide facilitated networking opportunities, and be a forum to explore future social and behavioural science research directions in cyber security.

Who should attend?

This conference is aimed predominantly at early career researchers and PhD students and is a unique opportunity for social and behavioural scientists with an interest in cyber security to come together.

Who is speaking?

Download the full programme (PDF).

Academic Keynote: Dr David Ellis, Lancaster University

"Shape shifting – building interdisciplinary teams in behavioural science"

Academia is often a reclusive affair, but building teams of researchers who are working towards a common goal can provide a stronger sense of purpose. Indeed, teams including researchers from multiple disciplines and organisations are slowly becoming the norm rather than the exception. These collaborations are also essential in order to maximise the value of behavioural and social science outside a university setting. In this talk, I will highlight the importance of building communities around research interests. Drawing on examples from my own work, these collaborations also provide a strong support mechanism when things inevitably fail or suddenly become part of a larger debate that goes beyond any single piece of research or discipline. Perhaps more importantly, building a community can help early-career researchers find their own voice in a safe environment. This can help instil confidence and resilience when surrounded by senior and apparently ‘all-knowing’ colleagues.

Dr David A. Ellis holds a 50th Anniversary Lectureship in Psychology at Lancaster University and an Honorary Research Fellowship at The University of Lincoln. Much of his research considers the impact of technology on people and society. This capitalises on methodological developments across ubiquitous computer systems, sometimes referred to as digital traces. His research has appeared in journals associated with psychological science (e.g., Computers in Human Behavior), medicine (e.g., BMJ), public health (e.g., The Lancet Public Health), and computer science (e.g., The International Journal of Neural Systems). In addition to university led research, David continues to work collaboratively with external partners to generate applied impact, and regularly appears in the media to discuss his work. A co-investigator as part of the ESRC administered Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), his research has also received funding from the Chief Scientist Office, DSTL, Unilever and the EPSRC.

Industry Keynote: Pete Cooper, Director at Pavisade Ltd

“Working on the edge – Pushing multidisciplinary boundaries in cyber security”

The traditional view of cyber security is that of a hooded hacker, hunched over a keyboard and attacking our data, our finances, our services and now even our way of life. Traditionally this has always been seen as a technical battle, computer vs computer - but that’s wrong. This is an adversary / defender relationship, human vs human - technology is just the means of effect, these means have been evolving for years and will keep evolving. The one constant in this adversarial relationship is the human, be they attacker or defender – so why is it that this is mostly seen as a technical challenge? In this presentation, Pete will explore why a multi-disciplinary, team approach to cyber security has never been more critical and that, irrespective of where the edges and boundaries of our disciplines are, the way to secure the future is to communicate and collaborate across them.

Pete Cooper is an independent cyber strategy adviser based in London and a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative and has . Pete advises on cyber security challenges and opportunities internationally across a number of sectors ranging from government, aviation, finance, defence and energy. Before this he spent a twenty-four-year career in the UK Royal Air Force (RAF), firstly as a fast jet pilot, flight safety officer and instructor on the Tornado GR4, before moving into cyber operations. His final position was in Joint Forces Cyber Group where he was the first Strategic Cyber Operations adviser to the UK MOD, playing a key role in operations, international liaison and countering strategic threats. He has an MSc in Cyberspace Operations from Cranfield University, lectured on his own MSc and published his dissertation on how blending psychology and technology could play a key role in both cyber defence and legal active cyber defence. He is also the Founder and Director of the UK's only cyber policy and strategy competition, Cyber 9/12 UK, which focusses on finding and developing the cyber security leadership of the future by placing university students in the role of National Security Council advisers during an escalating, complex cyber-attack on the UK.

Call for abstracts.

The call for abstracts is now closed

Successful submissions have been informed.

Book your place

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Location and travel

The conference will take place at:

Level 39
One Canada Square
Canary Wharf
E14 5AB

Canary Wharf, on the Jubilee line, is the nearest underground station.

For detailed directions please see the CybSafe website.

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