CMU hosts 11th Workshop on Security and Human Behavior

Daniel Tkacik

May 25, 2018

The eleventh Workshop on Security and Human Behavior kicked off this week on Carnegie Mellon University’s Pittsburgh campus, bringing together computer scientists, security engineers, economists, psychologists, and other scholars around the world interested in understanding the interplay between security and human behavior. The workshop ran from March 24-25 in Hamburg Hall, home to CMU’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy.

Each year, the workshop aims to foster discussion on issues at the intersection of security, psychology, and behavioral sciences. In addition to US-based universities and industries, this year’s participants traveled from Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.

“This conference is important because it studies security by combining technical, behavioral and economic issues,” said Alessandro Acquisti, a CyLab faculty member and a professor of Information Technology and Public Policy in the Heinz College and one of the conference’s co-chairs. "The conference provides a holistic approach to the problems that security impacts."

The program of the annual invite-only workshop included a range of topics, ranging from privacy to terror, risk, and fear. The full conference program can be found here.

Other workshop co-chairs included University of Cambridge professor Ross Anderson and Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society fellow Bruce Schneier.