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Standardisation of Human Factors in Cybersecurity – Join our event

We are delighted to invite you to our online lecture and discussion event on the 20th of January.

This event has been organised in cooperation with StandICT. You can look forward to a lecture and discussion on the outcomes of our assessment of human factors in cybersecurity. 

WHEN: 20th of January 14:30 CET
WHEREOnline – Click here to register 

Human behaviour is considered as one of the main causes for cybersecurity incidents. The 2021 Verizon data breach investigations report identifies social engineering as the most frequent pattern in breaches with 85% of breaches involving a human element. While the importance of human factors in cybersecurity remains a growing concern, they somehow keep getting lost in a fragmented and incomplete collection of human factor-related threats across multiple cyber threat taxonomies and are often only vaguely defined in regulations.

The Horizon 2020 project SOTER aims to improve Research & Innovation on human factors in cybersecurity. This includes the development of risk assessment methodologies, cybersecurity competence training modules, a human factor cybersecurity threat taxonomy and an integrated overarching human factor cybersecurity framework based on work from recognized standardisation bodies. Training and awareness measures in the finance sector (and in all critical infrastructures) need more efficient and targeted assessments of human factor-related risks and dedicated mitigation measures. Enhanced standardisation efforts in this domain should support documentation, reporting and information sharing practices. This can also lighten the weight of existing information security teams by sharing the work with social scientists and other human factor-oriented security experts. 

The online event, organised in cooperation with the StandICT project, will present key outcomes of the SOTER project’s assessment on human factors in cybersecurity, assessment, threats and competence and will invite experts & stakeholders to debate key elements for future standardisation of human factors in cybersecurity. The event will also introduce the 2023 fellowship programme, opportunities & achievements, and the European Observatory for ICT Standardisation (EUOS Observatory).

Lecture Agenda

Introduction to 2023
Francesco Osimanti ( Vice Coordinator, Trust-IT Services Srl)


Human Factor Cybersecurity Framework: An Overview Martin Griesbacher (SOTER, Research Industrial Systems Engineering GmbH)

Assessing cybersecurity with SSH methods and improving cybersecurity culture
Robin Renwick (SOTER, Trilateral Research)

Collecting human factor-related threats
Paul Rabel (SOTER, University of Graz)

Enhancing cybersecurity competence of employees
Eva-Maria Griesbacher (SOTER, University of Graz)

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