HUMAN FACTORS IN CYBERSECURITY

CSE2HUM

2019

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

This subject introduces the scientific study of human behaviour as it relates to cyber security, especially the mental states of hackers and defenders. Key theories covered include; motivation; cognition; emotion and personality; that make victims vulnerable, and hackers successful. The subject covers both practical and theoretical aspects of behavioural analysis in cyber security, including an analysis of business models and criminological theories designed to modify behaviour.

The subject also introduces students to personality characteristics of victims, hackers and defenders, and with this knowledge, how policies, procedures and guidelines can be developed to support an organization's sustainability goals. This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make impact the sustainability of natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems - now and in the future.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlex Ng

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCyber Security: Concepts and CasesPrescribedWatters, P. (2012)British Scientific Publishing

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Assess personality characteristics of victims, hackers and defenders, to develop policies, procedures and guidelines that support organisations# sustainability goals

Activities:
2 x 2 Hour Lectures. Students will learn Personality Theory, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, IPIP-NEO and Rational-Experiential Theory. Students will also cover Motivation and Emotion, including Intrinsic Motivation, Extrinsic Motivation, Mood and Arousal
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

02. Evaluate the role of cognition in cybersecurity responses, withincurrent sustainability theoretical frameworks

Activities:
2 x 2 Hour Lectures. Students will learn Intelligence Theory, including Measures of Intelligence, Creativity and Emotional Intelligence. Students will also cover Cognition, including Mental Processes, Short-Term Memory, Long-Term Memory and Problem Solving
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Employ professional skills and practice to establish effective team building, negotiation and high level communication across a range of environments

Activities:
2 x 2 Hour Lectures. Students will learn Learning, including Associative Learning and Non-Associative Learning. Students will also cover User Vulnerability Analysis, including Credential Trading, Phishing, Data Breaches and Piracy
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

04. Categorise and evaluate different cybercrime business models to assess the impact of corporate social and ethical responsibilities

Activities:
2 x 2 Hour Lectures. Students will learn Malware and Behaviour Analysis, including Trojan Horses, Worms, Ransomware and Viruses. Students will also cover Group Structures and Dynamics, including Hacking Group Characteristics, Organised Crime Structure and Topology and Intragroup and Intergroup Dynamics
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

05. Apply critical and ethical awareness of human factors to develop effective policies that protect against common cyber threats

Activities:
2 x 2 Hour Lectures. Students will learn Economic Modelling, including Business Planning, Economic Analysis and Revenue Forecasting. Students will also cover Situational Cybercrime Prevention, including Increasing The Effort, Increasing The Risks, Reducing The Rewards, Reducing Provocations and Removing Excuses
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

06. Evaluate the potential success of proposed regulatory and resource efficiency approaches to behaviour modification using ethical frameworks

Activities:
2 x 2 Hour Lectures. Students will learn Regulation, including Extraterritoriality, Laws and Conventions, and Policing.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlex Ng

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Computer Laboratory Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Report on ethical issues in current cyber contexts (equivalent to 500 words)15 01, 02, 04
Report on socio-cultural and economics in the context of Cyber threats (equivalent to 1000 words) There are two parts to this assignment # a written 500 word report and a 10 minute oral presentation.20 01, 04, 05
Group submission on Cyber crime business models (equivalent to 1000 words per student) 25 03, 04, 05, 06
One 2-hour final exam (equivalent to 2000 words)40 01, 02, 04