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Human behaviour as an aspect of cybersecurity assurance

Evans, Mark; Maglaras, Leandros A.; He, Ying; Janicke, Helge


Mark Evans

Ying He

Helge Janicke


There continue to be numerous breaches publicised pertaining to cybersecurity despite security practices being applied within industry for many years. This paper is intended to be the first in a number of papers as research into cybersecurity assurance processes. This paper is compiled based on current research related to cybersecurity assurance and the impact of the human element on it. The objective of this work is to identify elements of cybersecurity that would benefit from further research and development based on the literature review findings. The results outlined in this paper present a need for the cybersecurity field to look in to established industry areas to benefit from effective practices such as human reliability assessment, along with improved methods of validation such as statistical quality control in order to obtain true assurance. The paper proposes the development of a framework that will be based upon defined and repeatable quantification, specifically relating to the range of human aspect tasks that provide or are intended not to negatively affect cybersecurity assurance.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 29, 2016
Online Publication Date Oct 20, 2016
Publication Date Nov 25, 2016
Deposit Date Dec 8, 2022
Journal Security and Communication Networks
Print ISSN 1939-0114
Electronic ISSN 1939-0122
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 17
Pages 4667-4679
Keywords cybersecurity assurance, information security management, human factors, human reliability assesment
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