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EPSRC offering £5 million to support projects addressing the human dimensions of Cyber Security

Following through on the proposition of the output of a workshop it organised in 2014 - that cybersecurity depends not just on the design of systems to deliver effective cybersecurity, but also the capacity of individuals to comply rather than bypass those systems - the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is offering £5 million to support around six projects to address the consumer side of the cyber security equation.

 

Cybersecurity to address ‘human failure’ in the design process

Citing issues such as susceptibility to social engineering, inequitable terms of service, and the irreversible effects of some non-financial data losses, the output of the EPSRC workshop posits that that human failings are “the major risk to cybersecurity”.

As a result, it suggests individuals “must be at the centre of the design process to begin with so that systems are clear, robust and acceptable without being intrusive”.

EPSRC has published an invitation for proposals for its Human Dimensions of Cyber Security Call, open to UK higher education institutions, to support collaborative, international and problem-driven projects that address the challenges identified at its Human Dimensions of Cyber Security (HDoCS) workshop held in 2014. These challenges are titled:

  1. Design, build and measure
  2. A theory of everyone
  3. Risk, trust and response
  4. Understanding people
  5. Evolution of cybercrime

 

Applications by 8 June

Applications are open to UK Higher Education Institutions that receive grant funding from one of the UK higher education funding bodies are eligible to receive funds for research, postgraduate training and associated activities.

The deadline for proposals is 8 June 2016, for funding decisions in October 2016.

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