Evaluating the Risks of Human Factors Associated with Social Media Cybersecurity Threats

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Salamah, F. B., Palomino, M. A., Maria Papadaki, Craven, M. and Furnell, S. 2023. Evaluating the Risks of Human Factors Associated with Social Media Cybersecurity Threats. 17th IFIP WG 11.12 International Symposium, HAISA 2023, Kent, UK, July 4–6, 2023, Proceedings. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-38530-8_28
AuthorsSalamah, F. B., Palomino, M. A., Maria Papadaki, Craven, M. and Furnell, S.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

Human behaviors and attitudes play a significant role in cybersecurity. However, studies to quantify the impact of such behaviors and attitudes are scarce, and they are not always considered when developing mitigation strategies. To compensate for this, we have looked into a large sample of employees with different levels of expertise and backgrounds across a variety of industrial sectors and organizations. We have found that age and job role constitute the main human factors associated with social media cybersecurity risks. We can confirm that the youngest employees are the most risk prone within an organization, and the employees working in the business and financial sectors are the ones who face the highest amount of cybersecurity risk. In addition, our investigation shows that employees with less than two years of working experience, and those who are at least of age 55, need more cybersecurity training, due to their lack of awareness on the subject. Our work has led us to formulate a risk equation which can assist policymakers and training providers in defining countermeasures against risks and prioritize the training for those who need it the most.

KeywordsHuman behaviors and attitudes ; Cybersecurity ; social media cybersecurity risks
Year2023
Conference17th IFIP WG 11.12 International Symposium, HAISA 2023, Kent, UK, July 4–6, 2023, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-38530-8_28
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-38530-8_28
ISBN9783031385292
Output statusPublished
Publication dates26 Jul 2023
Publication process dates
Deposited09 Nov 2023
Book titleHuman Aspects of Information Security and Assurance
IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
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