Episode 05 - A conversation with Ciaran McMahon, Director at Institute of Cyber Security

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EPISODE 05 SUMMARY - CIARAN MCMAHON

Director at Institute of Cyber Security // Research and Development Coordinator, CyberPsychology Research Centre // Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Psychology

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Award-winning academic psychologist Ciaran McMahon joins Bruce Hallas in episode 5 of Re-thinking the Human Factor. Hailing from the Republic of Ireland, Ciaran comes from a psychology background and has extensively studied how advancements in technology, throughout human history to the present day, have affected societal behaviours. He shares our belief that understanding the human side of things is necessary to effectively influence information security behaviours within an organisation, and he is eager to bring his psychological insights to the problems we face in cyber security awareness, behaviour, and culture.

“It’s unlikely that we can use all of this technology and not be changed in some way…”

Join Bruce and Ciaran in this episode as they explore:

  • The impact on people’s behaviour of changes in technology and what that means for designing security environments and choices in cyber security awareness and policy implementation
  • How people justify their behaviour and choices not to comply with security best practise including: deterrence, punishment vs reward, neutralization, the defence of necessity, and others.
  • People’s innate understanding of right and wrong and the issue of justice and fairness in relation to security behaviours.

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