Cyber Influence and Cognitive Threats

Cyber Influence and Cognitive Threats

1st Edition - September 1, 2019

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  • Editors: Vladlena Benson, John Mcalaney
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128192054
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128192047

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In the wake of fresh allegations that personal data of  Facebook users have been illegally used to influence the outcome of the US general election and the Brexit vote, the debate over manipulation of social Big Data continues to gain more momentum. Cyber Influence and Cognitive Threats addresses various emerging challenges in response to cybersecurity, examining cognitive applications in decision-making, behaviour and basic human interaction. The book examines the role of psychology in cybersecurity by addressing each factor involved in the process: hackers, targets, cybersecurity practitioners, and the wider social context in which these groups operate. Cyber Influence and Cognitive Threats covers a variety of topics including information systems, psychology, sociology, human resources, leadership, strategy, innovation, law, finance and others.

Key Features

  • Explains psychological factors inherent in machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Explores attitudes towards data and privacy through the phenomena of digital hoarding and protection motivation theory
  • Discusses the role of social and communal factors in cybersecurity behaviour and attitudes
  • Investigates the factors that determine the spread and impact of information and disinformation


Researchers in psychology who study human factors, human-computer interaction, and applied psych. Secondary market: professionals in computer science, engineering, tech development, cyber security, and policy-making

Table of Contents

  • 1. Cybersecurity as a social phenomenon

    John McAlaney and Vladlena Benson

    2. Towards an integrated socio-technical approach for designing adaptive privacy aware services in cloud computing

    Angeliki Kitsiou, Eleni Tzortzaki, Christos Kalloniatis, and Stefanos Gritzalis

    3. Challenges of using machine learning algorithsm for cybersecurity: a study of threat-classification models applied to social media communication data

    Andrei Queiroz Lima and Brian Keegan

    4. 'Nothing up my sleeve': information warfare and the magical mindset

    K. Scott

    5. Digital hoarding behaviours: implications for cybersecurity

    Nick Neave, Kerry McKellar, Elizabeth Sillence, and Pam Briggs

    6. A review of security awareness approaches: towards achieving communal awareness

    Azma Alina Ali Zani, Azah Anir Norman, and Norjihan Abdu Ghani

    7. Understanding users' information security awareness and intentions: a full nomology of protection motivation theory

    Farkhondeh Hassandoust and Angsana A. Techatassanasoontorn

    8. Social big data and its integrity: the effect of trust and personality traits on organic reach of facebook content

    Vladlena Benson and Tom Buchanan

    9. The impact of sentiment on content post popularity through emoji and text on social platforms

    Wei-Lun Chang and Hsiao-Chiao Tseng

    10. Risk and social influence in sustainable smart home technologies: a persuasive systems design model

    Nataliya Shevchuk, Harri Oinas-Kukkonen, and Vladlena Benson

Product details

  • No. of pages: 238
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: September 1, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128192054
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128192047

About the Editors

Vladlena Benson

Professor Vladlena Benson, leads the Cybersecurity and Innovation Partnership and the IS Research group of academics working in the areas of cyber security risk management, information and supply chain security. Professor Benson is a Founding member of the Neustar International Security Council - an industry leading forum of trust, integrity and confidentiality focused on defending against cyber threats. Vladlena has served on the Board of Directors of ISACA London and Central UK over the last three years. She has published over 100 journal papers, books, edited volumes and other publications. Vladlena's research encompasses areas of innovation actions across cybersecurity risk management, financial and VFA technologies. Her research at Aston has been supported by grants from the European Commission, GCRF, Ministry of Science and Technology (Taiwan), UK Strategic Priorities and the British Council. Having been recognized as a Women in IT Editor's Choice Award in 2017, Professor Benson continues her work in creating an inclusive space in cyber security careers.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Aston Business School, Aston University, UK

John Mcalaney

John McAlaney is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Associate Professor of Psychology at Bournemouth University. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Stirling, his MSc at the University of Strathclyde and then his PhD at the University of West of Scotland in 2007. Dr. McAlaney's PhD was on the topic of social psychology and substance use, looking particularly at misperceptions of peer norms. Following this he worked on an AERC funded post-doc position at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine before moving onto a lecturing post at the University of Bradford in 2008. He joined the Department of Psychology at Bournemouth University in 2014. Since joining Bournemouth he has collaborated extensively with colleagues in the Department of Computing and Informatics to explore psychological factors of cyber security, including participation in hacking and hacktivism, group dynamics in cyber security actors and decision making processes in relation to phishing emails and other mediums. As part of this work he collaborates extensively with government, military and commercial organisations. In 2018 he led the authorship of the British Psychological Society’s briefing paper on the role of psychology in informing cybersecurity practices.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Psychology, Bournemouth University, UK

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