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Studying human behaviour to prevent successful spear-phishing attempts

Urban, Wojciech (2022) Studying human behaviour to prevent successful spear-phishing attempts.

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Abstract:Next to the countless number of opportunities, the digital transformation brought to existence new threats and challenges. Except for the technological improvement on both sides of the barricade, both defenders and attackers look for more efficiency in this field. However, attackers do bypass software security and deceive people to achieve the goal of a cyberattack. One of the most popular methods that hackers use is spear-phishing. This way of attacking can have serious consequences in terms of financial losses and privacy violations. These material losses have an impact on individuals as well as corporations that have to face cybersecurity issues. Both, quantitative and qualitative research on human behaviour in case of recognizing phishing emails by students with no prior technical computer science background, can find improvements and prevent people, who are not experts in the field of computer science, from falling for a spear-phishing attack. This research will include an observation study under the simulation of receiving a spear-phishing email, interviewing participants and a survey in order to analyse human behaviour, motives and emotions that accompany people while deciding whether an email displayed is a phishing attempt or not.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Business & IT BSc (56066)
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