Human Centric Security

Our Research

The Human Centric Security team aims to further Data61’s goal to create a data-driven future, by focusing on cyber security that is specifically centred around humans. As both creators and users of technology and specifically cyber security models, techniques and approaches, the human (on both a cognitive and a behavioural level) should be at the centre of all design and development efforts. We consider human centric cyber security as involving all aspects of cyber security, but with a particular focus on the human involvement in the system and processes. That is, understanding how humans represent value, but also risk to an organisation; understanding how humans and data interact and what the risks are that are introduced as a result of these interactions. More importantly, understanding that the human can be regarded as both the point of success and failure, and that a specific trust relationship needs to be developed between the human and the system to ensure the correct balance.

Our team understands that humans are integral in the security chain, and as such, we need to step in to mitigate the inherent threats and risk introduced by humans. Therefore, we aim to make the governance, management and understanding of cyber security more accessible to the Australian audience, in support of the National Plan to Combat Cybercrime which focuses largely on developing and maintaining cyber security governance through its vision “a safe and secure digital environment for all Australians”. As a team, we focus on transforming cyber security governance to be more accessible, transforming online risk resilience hardening to ensure that technology users are ready when cyber adversity strikes, and transforming cyber education through gamification, to make learning fun.

Research Highlights

The Human Centric Cyber Security team was successful in being awarded a Cutting Edge Science and Engineering Symposium award for 2019/2020. The jointly hosted symposium “Advances in personalised healthcare and wellbeing support technologies (OzDHI2020)” is organised by the Precision Health Future Science Platform, CSIRO’s Data61 and CSIRO’s Health and Biosciences. Originally scheduled for 20 May 2020, the Symposium has been rescheduled for the 19/5/2021 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more information visit:

DSS is annually partnering with DSTG to host a national Cyber Security Summer School. This event brings together high profile local and international speakers on the topic of cyber security. For more information visit:

The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) in collaboration with Data61’s DSS launched a new course in November 2017 to help directors stay up-to-date on the risks and opportunities of the cyber age. Visit for more information.

By developing better understanding of the complex relationship between data technology and people. We will be able to influence the development and use of technologies for data to lead to better societal outcomes.… We will develop new understandings of the integrated correlation between the understanding of the cyber landscape and the managing thereof through governance structure, culture and awareness.

[Data61 Science Vision H4, p. 8]

The main efforts of the Human centric security focus area will be targeted at two scientific challenges: top down and bottom up. These foci are spilled around the Data61 Science Vision’s headline H4 – Shaping societal transformations.

Our Team

Dr Marthie Grobler
Research Team Leader
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Dr Mohan Baruwal Chhetri
Senior Research Scientist
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Dr Kristen Moore
Senior Research Scientist

Dr Alan Colman
Research Scientist

Dr Tingmin (Tina) Wu
Research Scientist

Dr Shahroz Tariq

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Muhammed Esgin
Joint Venture Postdoctoral Fellow

Chehara Pathmabandu

Postdoctoral Fellow

Tooba Aamir

Postdoctoral Fellow