This workshop was organised by SPRITE+, the UK NetworkPlus for Security, Privacy, Identity and Trust in the Digital Economy. SPRITE+ is funded until 31 August 2027 by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council as part of its Digital Economy programme (grant references EP/S035869/1 and EP/W020408/1).
In November 2022, SPRITE+ held a workshop focused on collaboratively mapping the stakeholders involved in communicating cybersecurity. During the event, we discussed the following questions: who are the key people and organisations responsible for communicating cyber security? How to improve their effectiveness? Who are the key underserved groups? How to identify them and give them more agency? The aim of the session was to build the emerging community of interest “Communicating Cyber Security” launched with our community-build event earlier this year. The session outputs will help us with planning for the future events, where we’ll focus on priority stakeholders.
During the session, we heard brief lighting talks from Dr Ola Michalec (University of Bristol) and Dr Emma Moreton (University of Liverpool) who reported on their respective research projects, which explore how complex cyber security ideas can be communicated in more accessible ways and how language choices, when communicating cyber threats, can have an impact on decision making.
Following the presentations, participants were placed in breakout groups at random for interactive discussion. Over 30 SPRITE+ members attended including researchers from STEM, humanities, arts and social science disciplines and non-academic members from regulators, government departments, businesses and third sector organisations At least 24 different organisations were represented.
Participants in breakout rooms were encouraged to discuss relevant issues and add to a virtual notes board. The contents of the notes have been transcribed below. They have been lightly edited to remove identifying particulars and for clarity. Some notes captured an emerging group view and others reflected the views of a single participant.
Based on the presentations they heard and their own work, participants were asked to identify the most important research questions and key challenges for communicating cyber security.
Participants were asked to note their ideas for next steps and opportunities for collaboration when it comes to communicating cyber security.
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