Special Issue "Humans and Cyber Security Behaviour"

Submission Deadline: 31 July 2021
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Guest Editors
Dr. Mobashar Rehman, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia.
Dr. Aamir Amin, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia.
Dr. Rehan Akbar, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia.
Dr. Manzoor Ahmed Hashmani, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia.
Dr. Sohail Safdar, Ahlia University, Bahrain.


Advancement in technology is ensuring that people use smart devices excessively. This excessive use of such devices results in the generation and storage of a huge amount of data at the personal as well as organizational level. However, there are continuous threats to this data being stolen and misused owing to security breaches especially among Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) due to lack of awareness, lack of training, lack of expertise, and less financial resources. Unfortunately, majority of the security breaches among SMEs are caused by human mistakes or human behaviour thus making people as the most vulnerable component for cyber security hackers.

Therefore, the objective of this special issue is to investigate human and associated aspects that results in cyber security breaches.

·Cybersecurity behavior in SMEs
·Personal factors
·Social factors
·Socio-cognitive factors
·Environmental factors
·Organizational factors
·Cyber hygiene
·Cybersecurity awareness

Published Papers
  • AI/ML in Security Orchestration, Automation and Response: Future Research Directions
  • Abstract Today’s cyber defense capabilities in many organizations consist of a diversity of tools, products, and solutions, which are very challenging for Security Operations Centre (SOC) teams to manage in current advanced and dynamic cyber threat environments. Security researchers and industry practitioners have proposed security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) solutions designed to integrate and automate the disparate security tasks, processes, and applications in response to security incidents to empower SOC teams. The next big step for cyber threat detection, mitigation, and prevention efforts is to leverage AI/ML in SOAR solutions. AI/ML will act as a force multiplier empowering SOC analysts… More
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  • Assessing User’s Susceptibility and Awareness of Cybersecurity Threats
  • Abstract Cybersecurity threats, including those involving machine learning, malware, phishing, and cryptocurrency, have become more sophisticated. They target sensitive information and put institutions, governments, and individuals in a continual state of risk. In 2019, phishing attacks became one of the most common and dangerous cyber threats. Such attacks attempt to steal sensitive data, such as login and payment card details, from financial, social, and educational websites. Many universities have suffered data breaches, serving as a prime example of victims of attacks on educational websites. Owing to advances in phishing tactics, strategies, and technologies, the end-user is the main victim of an… More
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