Cybersecurity and Privacy

Cybersecurity and Privacy

As our access to information grows and our ability to exchange information digitally expands, the risks to our security and privacy grow as well. Cybersecurity threats and threats to our privacy are not the result of technology alone. Often, it is human behavior that poses the greatest risk to cybersecurity and privacy. Researchers in sociotechnical cybersecurity and privacy understand that technology exists in a societal context and that effective cybersecurity approaches must consider the human and societal context of technology. The sociotechnical approach considers the interplay of the person, technology, and organizations to build real-world solutions to the challenges faced in cybersecurity and privacy.

iSchool researchers are finding new ways to approach threats to cybersecurity and privacy. Our researchers are examining how hackers think to better understand how and why they attack, demonstrating the depth and breadth of information about an individual that can be learned from social media, and considering the privacy and security threats that children and teens face online. As technology continues to offer new opportunities for sharing information, our researchers are working to ensure that the risks to users are minimized.

The iSchool’s expertise in sociotechnical cybersecurity and privacy can assist in:

  • Building systems that consider human behavior realistically and use this knowledge to help users stay safe and set privacy boundaries
  • Protecting vulnerable populations, including children and teens, as these groups make further use of digital communications
  • Understanding the cybersecurity threats faced by large institutions and how institutions can build more secure systems
  • Identifying the effects of social media use on privacy and social interaction

Research Projects

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Increasingly pervasive data about people enables fundamentally new computational research. Simultaneously, changes in scale, scope, speed, and depth of data availability require reconsideration of ethics for computational research.

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The project detailed below responds to the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries (Research grant category) and covers a three-year period from December 2016 to November 2019.

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Ensuring privacy and data security is a critical challenge for trustworthy computing in the mobile device ecosystem.

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Cultivating ethical computing and ethical computing researchers is an ongoing challenge. Much current research focuses on framing ethics (e.g.

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Named Data Networking (NDN) aims to redesign the architecture of the Internet, producing not only technical advances, but social impacts on privacy, intellectual property, law enforceme

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The development of mobile and interconnected computing has, in many ways, positively affected the efficiency, convenience, and enjoyment of people’s everyday lives.

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Computer security researchers prevent, discover, and fix flaws in devices and cyber infrastructures, impacting national security, business practices, information privacy, and personal s