Current Research Projects

Understanding the Impact of Internet of Things (IoT) on Automated Payment Systems - Lessons for the Security Managers of Tomorrow. 

The internet of things (IoT) brings an unprecedented level of collaboration in device enabled payments that can connect a bank to organizations through their nodes of automated payments. Moving from traditional to e-banking and then to mobile banking has been challenging for consumers as well as providers. Device enabled payments in IoT will open a third model in the banking sector in terms of bill presentation and payments which will have to tie seamlessly with checking accounts, working capital disbursement, mortgage lines of credit, just to name a few. These new challenges pose a myriad of research questions explored in this proposed study.

Turnover Among Cybersecurity Workers: Influences from Attitudes, Job Characteristics and External Markets

Organizations employing cybersecurity workers are experiencing higher than desirable rates of employee turnover leading to higher costs for recruitment and training. Additional costs from increased risks resulting from lower than optimum staffing levels may also exist. The cybersecurity workforce is currently experiencing a shortage in the number of trained workers available across all industry segments and all skill levels. To address the problem of understaffing from the shortage of suitable skilled workers as well as the threat that may be caused by further reductions in staffing from increased voluntary turnover, the proposed project extends previous work on the voluntary turnover intentions of information technology workers. The extension explores the antecedents of voluntary turnover among cybersecurity workers.

Industry Perspectives on Cybersecurity Competencies: A Foundation for Cybersecurity Curriculum Development

The proposed project is designed to assess and understand industry competency priorities and future hiring plans regarding entry-level cybersecurity employees, which can help shape current and future Cybersecurity curriculum. For the purposes of this project, the term Cybersecurity is used to represent all information security and related fields.

Mapping Unconscious Behavior to Model Non-Malicious Security Breach Habits

The proposed project explores non-malicious security breaches and related behaviors by visualizing unsecure, unconscious habits that employees may have even though they go through standard SETA programs. Neurophysiological tests (i.e., EEG, skin conductance, eye-tracking). Will be used to highlight which practices are best for what level/role/characteristics of employees and suggest a revised training plan.