Researching exploring the human element of cybersecuirty
The AVANT Lab is currently exploring why individuals are vulnerable to various cybersecuirty threats such as phishing attacks. Recent work from AVANT's lab director, Dr. Dawn Sarno, suggests that both task factors (e.g., email load, phishing prevalence) and individual differences (e.g., personality, age, impulsivity) contribute to phishing vulnerability.
The AVANT Lab is also developing interventions aimed at improving email classifications. Preliminary findings indicate that persistent interventions, embedded into the users' email systems, may demonstrate the largest performance improvements.