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2017 Human Factors Prize Submissions on Cybersecurity Invited

Monday, January 30, 2017

Improved measures to prevent security breaches, such as the Russian e-mail hacks in the months leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the release of 200 million Yahoo user account details, cannot be achieved without considering the critical importance of the human factors behind data and privacy protection. The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society has therefore announced that this year’s Human Factors Prize will focus on human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) research on cybersecurity. The submission window is May 8 through June 2, 2017.

Manuscripts should provide a theoretical basis, a thorough background, and a detailed description of the methods, results, and discussion of the practical ramifications of the research. The paper also needs to show the HF/E link and impact.

Papers may address the following topics, among others:

  • Research activities in national and international cybersecurity

  • Improvements in systems for the collection and storage of personal information (including health information), e-mails, and phishing susceptibility

  • Development of methods and techniques to detect and analyze vulnerability in cyberspace

  • New techniques to address cybersecurity in aviation, military operations, and terrorism

  • Trust, privacy, risk-taking, user-acceptance, etc. of mobile devices, app installation decisions, and personal information entry

  • Security culture effects and cyber situation awareness

  • Cyber warfare, social cyber attack, data breaches

  • Defensive and offensive cybersecurity operations

  • Automation or collaboration in cyberspace

Any researcher is eligible to submit relevant work; membership in HFES is not required. Complete details about eligibility and submission requirements may be found here.

The winning submission, along with other acceptable submissions, will be published in Human Factors, and the authors will be invited to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting to present their work. The meeting will be held October 9–13 at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas.

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is the world’s largest scientific association for human factors/ergonomics professionals, with more than 4,500 members globally. HFES members include psychologists and other scientists, designers, and engineers, all of whom have a common interest in designing systems and equipment to be safe and effective for the people who operate and maintain them. “Human Factors and Ergonomics: People-Friendly Design Through Science and Engineering.”