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RCSI Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn
‘The CyberPsychology of Cyber Security’
World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit 2014
Mary Aiken
Director RCSI CyberPsychology Research Centre
Fellow RCSI Institute of Leadership
Research Fellow School of Law Middlesex University
Fellow IBM Network Science Research Center
What is CyberPsychology?
Field within applied psychology
Internet psychology, virtual
environments, AI & IA, gaming, digital
convergence, social media, mobile
telephones and networking devices
30 peer-reviewed journals: 1,000
CyberPsychology: exponential
growth due to continued rapid
acceleration of Internet technologies
and the ‘unprecedentedly pervasive
and profound influence of the internet
on human beings’ (Yan, 2012)
Psychology of Cyberspace
Interest in cyberspace: cognitive,
social, educational, organisational,
personality, clinical and experimental
Traditional ‘real world theories’ – will
they suffice? do we need to modify - or
develop new ones?
Interdisciplinary scholars are
crystalising new ideas and moving
towards conquering a new scientific
‘State & Trait’ in Cyberspace
Anonymity (Joinson, 2001)
Online disinhibition effect (Suler, 2004)
Cyber immersion (Takatalo et al., 2008)
Cyber presence (Riva et al., 2007)
Self-presentation online (Gibbs et al., 2006)
Privacy (McMahon & Aiken, 2014; Barnes, 2006)
Escalation online (White & Horvitz, 2002)
Altruism (Adar & Huberman, 2000)
Trust (Putnam, 2000)
Identity (Turkle, 1999; Gross & Acquisti, 2005)
Cyber Security
CyberPsychology: Delivering insight at the human/technology interface
Big Data
Environment Trust
Artificial Intelligence
Needs Habits & Emotions
Mobile Cyber Defence
Identity Presence
Anonymity CyberPsychology
Network Security
Intelligence Amplification
Malware Risk
Socialisation Resilience
Ubiquitous Cities
Key Perspectives
Consideration of Cyber Security in the context of CyberPsychological factors
1. Cyber security & ‘factoring in the human’
- Person vs. User
- State & Trait
- Real World vs. Virtual World Self (org. insider threat)
- Organizational CyberPsychology: Hierarchical vs. Networked (zero day scenario)
- Cyber Behavioral Profiling – NB Motive (primary & secondary gains)
2. Cyberspace as an environment
- Immersive vs. Transactional
- Need to update/revise definitions? Privacy, Identity, Trust, Security, Resilience
- Minimisation of Status and Authority in Cyberspace
3. Cyber technologies
- Artificial Intelligence (A.I) v’s Intelligence Amplification (I.A)
- Scientific Creativity
- Cyber Ethics / Cyber-Tort
Research Vision
Cyberpsychology approach:
understanding new norms of
behaviour online
Theoretically profound,
experimentally rigorous,
developmentally longitudinal,
technically sophisticated to
achieve longlasting positive
societal effects
Adhere to principles of Virtual
Research Methodology
Our vision is that the CyberPsychology Research
Centre will become a global leader in delivering
research and insight at the intersection of psychology
and technology
Thank you

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