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Scrutinizing the behavior of a computer user.

Research at the Missouri University of Science & Technology is focusing on how unexpected human behavior on computers can leave systems vulnerable.

Credit: Trinidad Consulting

The effect of unexpected human behavior on computers that can make systems vulnerable is the focus of researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). The team will design experiments to study the characteristics of user behavior in an attempt to create a theoretical framework for studying human cyber behavior.

The researchers note network users are not always conscious of risks and security issues. A user's psychological state and cognition capacity affect cyber behavior, and a cyber user's situational cyber behavior also depends on the user's own assessment of the risk.

Moreover, cyber behavior may vary with the network and device the user is on, says Missouri S&T professor Maggie Cheng. She thinks a user most likely will be more conscious of risk on the networks and devices that have higher security requirements. "We're trying to consider in what ways user behavior can change the network state," Cheng notes.

Her team has received a two-year research grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation.

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