Theme Issue on People, Culture and Cybersecurity

Guest Editors

Dr. Jongkil Jay Jeong, School of Information Technology, Deakin University, Australia, (coordinating Guest Editor)
Assoc. Prof. Gillian Oliver, Communities, Organisations and Social Informatics, Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, Australia,
Assist. Prof. Eunsuk Kang, Institute for Software Research, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA,
Prof. Sadie Creese, Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, UK,

Cybersecurity is not only a major concern in organisational or operational settings, but importantly in human and community contexts. Liaropolous (2016) argues that there is “the need for a human centric approach that addresses digital human rights violations, Internet freedom, and privacy of data.”
But understanding the human and more subjective nature of cybersecurity is a challenge. Achieving a cohesive understanding of culture and cybersecurity requires an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses behavioural and social sciences in addition to information technology and computer security.
The aim of this special issue is to advance knowledge about the social and cultural factors that determine how people and organisations experience and behave in cybersecurity related activities.
We welcome original contributions including application-oriented, methodological, technological and review papers that will develop the state-of-the-art in people, culture and cybersecurity.
Special attention will be given to papers that propose and evaluate innovative approaches or strategies for working with people, and the risks associated with human and cultural factors that arise in cybersecurity activities. We are less focused in this special issue on purely technical aspects of cybersecurity without attention to people or cultural dimensions.


Topics of interest include but are not restricted to:

  • Socio-cultural factors and cybersecurity
  • Methodologies for the study of people, culture and cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity and peopleSocial media, censorship and security
  • Data privacy and surveillance
  • Organisational and national cybersecurity strategies and frameworks
  • Emerging Issues in cyber-crime and cyber-safety
  • Industrial and organisational psychology and cybersecurity
  • Fraud examination and investigative techniques
  • Novel incident response methods and techniques

Important Dates

Submission deadline:     extended to 31st October 2020
Author notification:        December 1st, 2020
Revised papers due:       January 1st, 2020
Final notification:           January 30th, 2021


Submissions should be original papers and should not be under consideration in other publications. Extended versions of high quality conference papers that are already published at relevant venues may also be considered as long as the additional contribution is substantial (at least 30% of new content).

Authors must follow the formatting and submission instructions of the Personal and Ubiuitous Computing journal at
During the first step in the submission system Editorial Manager, please select “Original article” as article type. In further steps please confirm that your submission belongs to a special issue and choose from the drop-down menu the appropriate special issue title.