Dr Jason R.C. Nurse is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Cyber Security at the University of Kent and Public Engagement Lead at Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS), part of the Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS). He is also a Visiting Academic at the University of Oxford, an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a Visiting Fellow in Defence and Security at Cranfield University, a SPRITE+ Expert Fellow, and a professional member of various associations relating to cyber security research and practice.
Prior to joining Kent in 2018, Dr Nurse was a Senior Researcher in Cyber Security at the University of Oxford and before that, a Research Fellow in Psychology at the University of Warwick. For his research into the interdisciplinary aspects of security, privacy and trust, Jason was nominated as a Rising Star within the UK’s EPSRC RISE Awards Campaign. Specifically, his research concentrates on investigating interdisciplinary approaches to enhance and maintain cyber security for organisations, individuals and governments. This often focuses on human individuals and users and how they interact with technologies.
For more about me, please visit my personal academic website here: jasonnurse.github.io
- Visiting Academic in Computer Science at the University of Oxford
- Associate Fellow in Cyber at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
- Visiting Fellow in Defence and Security at Cranfield University
- Professional Member of the British Computer Society
- Research Member of Wolfson College Oxford
- Member of the Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG)
I belong to the following research groups:
My research focuses on the interaction between users and aspects of cyber security, privacy and trust. This considers the full spectrum of technologies in use today and encompasses topics such as:
- security and privacy in the internet of things (IoT) and social media (with an organisational and personal device focus)
- usable security as well as security awareness programmes in organisations and for the public
- technical and psychological aspects of cybercrime (e.g., insider threat, phishing susceptibility and ransomware)
- identity security and privacy risks in cyberspace (this also considers areas such as open-source intelligence)
- detection of fake news and rumours (or conversely, trustworthy content) on social media and
- corporate security in light of new forms of technology (e.g., IoT, wearables and cyber-insurance).
If you are interested in studying for a PhD in any of the topics above, please drop me a line.
I currently lecture on (or am involved with) the following modules:
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Selected Professional Activities
Programme Committee member and/or reviewer for various journals/conferences including: General Chair for the 15th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), Reviewer for Journal of Cybersecurity (JCS), Computers & Security (C&S), Computers in Human Behavior (CHB), Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), IEEE Access, International Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust (PST), British Human Computer Interaction Conference (BCS-HCI), World Conference on Information Security Education (WISE), Workshop on Socio-Technical Aspects in Security (STAST), International Workshop on Managing Insider Security Threats (MIST) (associated with ACM CCS), Workshop on Research for Insider Threat (WRIT) (associated with IEEE S&P), International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo), Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2), and European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics (ECCE).
Selected Research and Public Engagement Talks/Articles
- Chatham House International Security panellist (2021) How do we tackle ransomware?
- Media coverage of new RUSI Occasional Policy Paper on "Cyber Insurance and the Cyber Security Challenge" (2021) that I co-authored in The Associated Press, ZDNet, Infosecurity, ComputerWeekly, SC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, HelpNetSecurity, and US News. [The Associated Press][ZDNet][Infosecurity][ComputerWeekly][SC Magazine][IT Pro Portal][The Register][HelpNetSecurity][The Register][US News]
- Wall Street Journal article, The Dangerous Secrets Our Working-From-Home Photos Reveal (2020)
- The Register, Wondering how to tell the world you've been hacked? Here's a handy guide from infosec academics (2020)
- How to Protect Your Company Brand if a Breach Occurs - SOPHOS Cybersecurity Summit (2020)
- Working from home risks online security and privacy: how to stay protected - The Conversation. (2020)
- Online data and the pursuit of privacy - Talk at New Scientist Live, in London, UK. (2019) talk (2019)
- Amazon, Facebook and Google don't need to spy on your conversations to know what you're talking about - The Conversation. (2019)
- Advice for CISOs: Want More Resources? Think Beyond Pure Tech -Interviewed for Symantec Blogs Feature Stories (2019).
- Featured Scientist in Children's book, Fantastic Jobs and How to Get Them. Copies available here (2018).
- At least 57 negative impacts from cyber-attacks - covered by Phys.org, ScienceDaily, FlipBoard, GlobalHomeland, ThreatBrief, and others.
- Strava storm: why everyone should check their smart gear security settings before going for a jog - The Conversation. (2018)
- The Internet of Things and Voice Assistant Tech: Balancing the risks and benefits - EPSRC Blogs. (2018)
- How cybercriminals exploit us and what we can do about it - Lecture at Pint of Science Festival, in Oxford, UK. (2018)
- Risks to online privacy - Lecture at Parque Explora Science Museum, in Medellin, Colombia. (2018)
- The Cybersecurity Challenge: Emerging risks in complex environments - Keynote at the Advisen Annual Cyber Risk Insights Conference, in London, UK (2018)
- Cybersecurity: It's so much more than just 1s and 0s! - Keynote at the 59th London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF), in London, UK. (2017) [pdf booklet]
- BBC Tech Tent: fake news, algorithms and listening gadgets - BBC Tech Tent podcast to speak about voice assistant technology and its privacy risks, in UK. (2017)