Special Session on Humans And Cyber Security (HACS2020)

The special session on Humans and Cyber Security (HACS-2020) will be taking place in a virtual format on the 2nd of December 2020 (EDT), again co-hosted with IEEE CIC (Collaboration and Internet Computing), IEEE CogMI (Cognitive Machine Intelligence) and IEEE TPS (Trust, Privacy and Security of Intelligence Systems, and Applications).

Target audience: PhD students, early career researchers and experts focusing on the human behavioural aspects involved in cyber security.

Special session focus

The 2020 Humans and Cyber Security (HACS-2020) will provide a forum where researchers and technical parties interested in humans and cyber security can share their latest research insights, and present key and emerging results in terms of this field.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Human centric cyber security
  • Human behavior in cyber security
  • Cyber psychology and cyber security
  • Human-machine interaction/collaboration from a security/privacy perspective
  • Usable security/privacy by design
  • Constructing user-centric privacy and security in mobile and IoT applications
  • Usability of online security indicators
  • Usable guidelines for security and privacy
  • Consumers’ views on privacy and security
  • Case studies in usable security and privacy (both successful and unsuccessful case studies)
  • Ethical and policy dimensions related to human centric cyber security
  • Human cyber security issues, such as phishing, social engineering, insider threats, etc.

Submission process

Submissions are now finalised and accepted papers will be published as part of the IEEE CIC proceedings.

Important dates

  • Special session: Dec. 2, 2020



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2 December 2020


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Event Items
08:30 EST

00:30* AEDT

Welcome / Opening Dr Marthie Grobler
08:40 EST

00:40* AEDT

Paper Session #1 Session chair: Dr Shirang Mare

Invisible Security: Protecting Users with No Time to Spare — Josiah Dykstra

Assessing the provision of public-facing cybersecurity guidance for end-users — Nirosha Holton and Steven Furnell

Smart Storytelling: Video and Text Risk Communication to Increase MFA Acceptability — Sanchari Das, Shrirang Mare and L. Jean Camp

09:30 EST

01:30* AEDT

Panel Discussion “The role that humans play within cyber security and privacy for organizational security”

Panel moderator: Dr Sanchari Das

Panel members:

  • Divya Sharma
  • Maritza Johnson
  • Gerald Auger
  • Yasemin Acar
10:30 EST

02:30* AEDT

Break Participants are encouraged to join the CIC tracks, plenaries and keynotes during this break
14:45 EST

06:45* AEDT

Keynote Beyond Phishing:  The socio-technical aspects of implementing security in an agile organisation

Prof Debi Ashenden, University of Adelaide, Australia

15:30 EST

07:30* AEDT

Round Table Discussion “State-of-the-art research from academic front on ‘hacking the human’”

Round table moderator: Dr Jay Jeong

Round table members:

  • Peter Mayer
  • Kanad Basu
  • L. Jean Camp
  • Rinku Dewri
16:30 EST

08:30* AEDT

17:00 EST

09:00* AEDT

Paper Session #2 Session chair: Dr Hamza Sellak

Cybersecurity in Medical Private Practice: Results of a Survey in Audiology — Josiah Dykstra, Rohan Mathur and Alicia Spoor

Designing User-Centric Information Security Management Systems in Financial Services Organisations — Ivano Bongiovanni

What Information is Required for Explainable AI? : A Provenance-based Research Agenda and Future Challenges — Fariha Tasmin Jaigirdar, Carsten Rudolph, Gillian Oliver, David Watts and Chris Bain

17:50 EST

09:50* AEDT

Closing, Final Thoughts, Future of HACS Dr Marthie Grobler

HACS2020 organising committee

  • General chair: Dr Marthie Grobler, CSIRO’s Data61, Australia (marthie.grobler@data61.csiro.au)
  • Program chair: Dr Jay Jongkil Jeong, Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre, Australia
  • Public relations chair: Dr Sanchari Das, University of Denver, USA
  • Technical chair: Dr Hamza Sellak, CSIRO’s Data61, Australia
  • Review chair: Dr Shrirang Mare, Western Washington University, USA

Keynote Speaker: Professor Debi Ashenden

Debi holds the DST Group-University of Adelaide Chair in Cybersecurity. In addition, she is Professor of Cyber Security at the University of Portsmouth (UK) and a visiting Professor at Royal Holloway, University of London (UK).  Debi’s research interests are in the social and behavioural aspects of cyber security – particularly in finding ways of ‘patching with people’ as well as technology. She is currently researching the socio-technical issues around cloud computing and DevSecOps, as well as exploring the implications of algorithmic decision-making.

Debi was previously Head of the Centre for Cyber Security at Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the UK and was a member of the UK MOD’s Defence Science Expert Committee.  She has worked extensively across the public and private sector for organisations such as UK MOD, GCHQ, Cabinet Office, Home Office, Euroclear, Prudential, Barclaycard, Reuters and Close Bros. She has had a number of articles on cyber security published, presented at a range of conferences and co-authored a book for Butterworth Heinemann, Risk Management for Computer Security: Protecting Your Network & Information Assets.

For more information, please contact Dr Marthie Grobler, marthie.grobler@data61.csiro.au