Work by John McAlaney, Jacqui Taylor, and myself on the social psychology of cybersecurity has been accepted at the 1st International Conference on Cyber Security for Sustainable Society. This paper argues for a focus specifically on the role of social psychology in cybersecurity. The experience of psychologists in applying experimental research in ethically sensitive topics may be beneficial for researchers seeking to develop a deeper understanding of social engineering. In addition social psychological research may help explore the dynamics within online adversary groups, and how these processes can be used to predict and perhaps prevent cybersecurity incidents. The paper discusses the issue of motivations of cyber adversaries, the social context in which they operate and possible ways to bring about behaviour change.
A pre-print of this paper will be available soon.