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Job Advert – Applied Behavioural Scientist

The organisation: Social Machines is a rapidly expanding behavioural science consultancy. We specialise in research, innovation and capability development in the fields of strategic behaviour change, online and offline social influence, computational social science, and cyber security. We aim to establish ourself as the pre-eminent leader in our field within five years. Our clients are …

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Navalny and his Poisoners: How Social Engineers Exploit Cracks in Social Networks

In an unprecedented sting, Russian opposition leader and assassination survivor Alexei Navalny tricked his own poisoners into admitting their crime. The episode highlights that even highly trained specialists – those who should know better – will fall for deception when the conditions are right. Navalny collapsed into a coma during an internal Russian flight. He …

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Advanced Persistent Threats put Your Users in the Front Line

In the hyperconnected age of the internet, businesses are increasingly drawn into the geopolitical games of nation states. Sophisticated state-sponsored adversaries may pre-position for future cyber conflict in utilities, power, telecoms and technology companies; or execute operations that steal intellectual property or money, or perhaps simply aim to punish criticism of the dear leader. One …

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Covid-19 has left us more vulnerable to cyber attack and data breach: what might your organisation need to change?

You’ve provided all of your IT users with teleworking platforms and now everyone in your organisation is able to work entirely remotely. But the pandemic is keeping you extra busy. Strangers start hacking into sensitive online meetings. Employees complain of chronic stress and fatigue and seem to be making more mistakes than usual. Several employees …

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Gamification as Effective Training to Protect against Socially Engineered Cyber Attacks

The Research Institution for Socio-technical Cybersecurity (RISCS) features our NCSC-funded project: ‘Gamification as Effective Training to Protect against Socially Engineered Cyber Attacks’. Research Fellows: Justin Jones ‘We are developing an evidence base for a taxonomy that signposts the most effective training and awareness techniques for defending IT users against socially engineered cyber-attack. People and processes …

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