We are glad to have been part of the International Ergonomic Association (IEA 2018) congress with a HERMENEUT Symposium revolving around the role played by Human Factors in Cybersecurity. The symposium was chaired by Katy Ho (Digital Catapult) and the agenda consisted of four presentations:
• Identifying emergent cyber threats: lessons from radical economics for estimating a Benefit-Harm Index by Brian MacAulay (Digital Catapult). Brian illustrated the economic and mathematical definition of the BHI (Benefit-Harm Index) for cyber-threat estimation, and its application in the context of the HERMENEUT project.
• Me, the cyberthreat? The Human Factors as a potential to leverage upon by Alessandro Pollini (Deep Blue). Alessandro discussed the assessment of human and organisational vulnerabilities in complex organisations.
• GDPR: issues and opportunities for the security management in Healthcare by Marco Bechini (DEDALUS). How the new GDPR affects data management in the healthcare domain? Marco presented challenges, open issues and new opportunities to exploit from a technology provider perspective.
• Human Factors for Security: case studies and challenges by Damiano Taurino (Deep Blue). Damiano showed how Human Factors can support Security and Cyber-security analysis in different contexts of application.
The presentations are now available on the IEA 2018 congress website.
Overall, the HERMENEUT Symposium engaged the audience, which actively participated to the following discussion posing questions and asking for additional information about the project. In particular, the HERMENEUT approach and tools for holistic and dynamic risk management raised the interest of participants.