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Mr Najem Mahmoud

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Targeted security awareness for end users

There has been an increasing focus on the importance of information security awareness with the aim of reducing human error, theft, fraud, and misuse of computer assets. In order to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information, organizations should ensure that employees should be informed of their responsibilities and the policies and procedures that protect the IT system. Therefore, all end users of the information systems should know the basics of IT security and be able to apply good security practices in their daily work environment. If employees are aware of IT security threats they can be the first line of defence by detecting and preventing the security problems. The most serious security breaches are from multiple failings in people, processes and technology. The human factor is a fundamental issue as the report found that the main cause is often a lack in investment in educating staff about security risks - for example 54% of small businesses have reported that they do not have any security education programme for their staff. Moreover, many issues still need to be solved such as how we can find a way to target the right users at the right time. Almost all training programmes are designed to be delivered annually, whereas some security issues need to be solved, and users need to be informed, in a more timely manner. It would also be desirable to deliver targeted training to avoid the problem of overloading the end users with information about security issues which may confuse or distract them.

Mr Najem Mahmoud

Director of studies: Prof. Steven M Furnell
Other supervisors: Dr Paul S Haskell-Dowland

Conference papers

Design Principles and Guidelines for Targeted Security Awareness
Mahmoud N, Furnell SM, Haskell-Dowland PS (Dowland PS)
Proceedings of the Annual Information Institute Conference, March 26-28, Las Vegas, USA, ISBN: 978-1-935160-19-9, 2018
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Towards Targeted Security Awareness Raising
Mahmoud N, Furnell SM, Haskell-Dowland PS (Dowland PS)
Proceedings of the Annual Information Institute Conference, 18-20 April, Las Vegas, USA, ISBN: 978-1-935160-18-2, 2017
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2 Conference papers

Internal publications

Comparative Study and Evaluation of Six Face Recognition Algorithms with a View of their Application on Mobile Phones
Mahmoud N, Clarke NL
Advances in Communications, Computing, Networks and Security 6, ISBN: 978-1-84102-258-1, pp212-225, 2009
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1 Internal publications

3 publication(s) - all categories.