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Towards a Human-Centered Cybersecurity

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Feb 21

Date and time: 21 February 2023, 13:00 – 14:00 CET
Speaker: Asreen Rostami, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden & Stockholm University
Title: Towards a Human-Centered Cybersecurity

Where: Digital Futures hub, Osquars Backe 5, floor 2 at KTH main campus OR Zoom
Meeting ID: 695 6088 7455
Password: 755440

Moderator/administrator: Francisco J. Peña,

Abstract: Cybersecurity relies not only on a functioning infrastructure but also on human interactions with systems and each other through and around systems. Even with the ever-growing implementation of automated industry and AI, humans are still the key component of the socio-technical systems, from online social networks to hospital administration and smart cities to democratic elections and governmental decision-making processes. While the human dimension has always existed and been explored, as new “hybrid threats” are becoming increasingly common, we need to understand better how users perceive and experience cybersecurity (or not) before providing socio-technical solutions.

In her talk, Asreen Rostami presents three case studies focusing on surveillance, users’ experiences of hacking and being hacked, and gender-inclusive cybersecurity. Applying a human-centred perspective to cybersecurity would allow us to identify different human factors in delivering cybersecurity (or failing to do so) and leverage these human factors together with technical aspects to provide a versatile cybersecurity solution.

Bio: Dr Asreen Rostami is a senior Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) researcher at RISE Research Institute of Sweden and a Digital Futures Postdoctoral fellow at the Stockholm Technology and Interaction Research Group (STIR) at Stockholm University’s Department of Computer and Systems Sciences. Her doctoral research focused on incorporating interactive technologies in designing and experiencing interactive and XR experiences. After her PhD, Asreen joined RISE Cybersecurity as an ERCIM postdoctoral fellow, where her research was focused on “humanising” Internet of Things (IoT) security.

Currently, in addition to investigating different XR and VR applications, Asreen conducts gender-inclusive cybersecurity research and leads the Human-Cantered Cybersecurity research focus at RISE. This research initiative is centred around bringing together the social, design and technical competencies in cybersecurity to establish the leading Nordic research group in Human-Cantered Cybersecurity. Her research has been published in several human-computer interaction venues and includes an ACM honourable mention award from the IMX conference.

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