15 October 2018 • Karin Hirelal
The ‘human’ factor in cyber security
On Tuesday, 11 October 2018, Dr Rutger Leukfeldt gave his inaugural lecture as professor of Cyber Security in SMEs. In his inaugural lecture The ‘human’ factor in cyber security, Leukfeldt observes that research into the human factor in cyber crime and cyber security is still in its infancy.
Leukfeldt: “Technology, of course, also plays an important role in cyber incidents, but we are talking about people who carry out cyber attacks, people who – knowingly or unknowingly – participate in those attacks, people who become victims and people who are working to stop cyber attacks.”
According to Leukfeldt, the social sciences, and criminology in particular, can make a significant contribution in solving cyber security issues. Finally, in his inaugural lecture, he gives an outline of the research programme of the research group that has the ambition to actually reduce victimisation and cyber attacks.
Rutger Leukfeldt: ‘Cyber crime may appear to be a technical issue, but it involves many human aspects.’