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HFES Annual Meeting Presentations to Focus on Human Factors in Cyber Security

Friday, September 2, 2016

HFES Annual Meeting Presentations to Focus on Human Factors in Cyber Security Friday, September 2, 2016, As the incidence of data breaches that threaten security and privacy increases, governments and organizations are struggling to put barriers in place to prevent consequences such as terror attacks and identity theft. The more data that goes mobile, the greater is exposure to vulnerabilities, requiring a deeper understanding of human factors so that cyber security systems and processes can be improved. “Unfortunately,” noted one author of a presentation at the upcoming HFES 2016 Annual Meeting, “the study of human factors in cyber security defense is still largely in its infancy.”

A number of presentations at the 2016 Annual Meeting represent efforts to advance human factors research in this critically important area. They address topics such as displays, training, situation awareness, attention, and vigilance. Below is a sampling of the presentations during the week of September 19–23 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC.


3:30-5:00 p.m.

Special Invited Session 3: How Human Factors Must Change to Address Cybersecurity
Chair: Ben D. Sawyer, Massachusetts Inst. of Technology
Panelists: David Schuster, San Jose State U.; Peter A. Hancock, U. of Central Florida

5:00-6:30 p.m.

An Investigation of Trust in a Cyber Security Tool, Preston Brown, Kallan Christensen, and David Schuster, San Jose State U.


1:30-3:00 p.m.

Effects of Gain/Loss Framing in Cyber Defense Decision Making, Nathan Bos, Johns Hopkins U. Applied Physics Lab; Celeste Lyn Paul, U.S. Department of Defense; John R. Gersh, Ariel Greenberg, Christine Piatko, Scott Sperling, and Jason Spitaletta, Johns Hopkins U. Applied Physics Lab; Dustin L. Arendt and Russ Burtner, Pacific Northwest National Lab

Coordinated Displays to Assist Cyber Defenders, Alex Vieane, Colorado State U.; Gregory J. Funke, U.S. Air Force Research Lab; Vincent Mancuso, MIT Lincoln Lab; Eric T. Greenlee, Texas Tech U.; Gregory Dye, U.S. Air Force Research Lab; Brett J. Borghetti, U.S. Air Force Inst. of Technology; Brent Miller, U.S. Air Force Research Lab; Lauren Menke and Rebecca Brown, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.


8:30–10:00 a.m.

Cyberspace Operations and the People Who Perform Them, Discussion Panel
Chair: Stoney Trent, U.S. Cyber Command; Cochair: Robert Hoffman, Inst. for Human and Machine Cognition
Panelists: Tony Leota, Robert Frost, and Danielle Gonzalez, Cyber National Mission Force

A Temporal Analysis of Persuasion Principles in Phishing Emails, Olga A. Zielinska, Allaire K. Welk, Christopher B. Mayhorn, and Emerson Murphy-Hill, North Carolina State U.

10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon

Addressing Human Factors Gaps in Cyber Defense, Discussion Panel
Chair: Alex Vieane, Colorado State U.; Cochair: Kelly Hale, Design Interactive, Inc.
Panelists: Gregory J. Funke, U.S. Air Force Research Lab; Robert Gutzwiller, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific; Vincent Mancuso, MIT Lincoln Lab; Ben D. Sawyer, MIT AgeLab; Christopher D. Wickens, Colorado State U.

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Categorization of Events in Security Scenarios: The Role of Context and Heuristics, Prashanth Rajivan, Emmanouil Konstantinidis, Noam Ben-Asher, and Cleotilde Gonzalez, Carnegie Mellon U.

A number of the presentations are included in the HFES 2016 Annual Meeting proceedings. To obtain copies of proceedings papers for media-reporting purposes, contact HFES Communications Director Lois Smith (310/394-1811; lois@hfes.org).

‚ÄčThe 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.”