An application to estimate the cyber-risk detection skill of mobile device users

Guillaume Schaff, Carlo Harpes, Romain Martin, Marianne Junger

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According to experts’ predictions, mobile devices (smartphones, tablet computers) will replace the widespread personal computer by 2017 for personal and work tasks (emergence of BYOD). In parallel, the expert community has observed an increase of cyber-attacks against mobile devices. Mobile device users are increasingly required to develop new skills to manage their equipment correctly. Towards this goal, the 21st Century Skills framework redefines the essential knowledge and skills, which people should acquire during the education process in order to meet the new requirements of the “computing society‿. However, the lack of IT security awareness on mobile devices clearly shows that the 21st Century Skills is not yet assimilated by the users. To measure and improve the assimilation of such skills, we propose to define a new psychological concept; Cyber-risk Detection Skill (CDS), inspired by the 21st Century Skills framework. In this, paper we present the concept and design of a user behaviour test based on a cyber-attack scenario in order to measure user awareness. In a later phase we propose to develop a psychological tool (such as a specific methodology), which will measure the Risk Detection Skill of mobile device users in a more comprehensive way.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCENTRIC 2013
Subtitle of host publicationThe Sixth International Conference on Advances in Human oriented and Personalized Mechanisms, Technologies, and Services
EditorsLasse Berntzen, Stephan Böhm
Place of PublicationWilmington, DE
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)978-1-61208-306-3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


  • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/318003
  • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/2007-2013
  • METIS-297445
  • IR-87117
  • EWI-24046
  • Security awareness
  • Social engineering risks
  • Behaviour analysis and measurement
  • Risk detection
  • IT risks
  • Smartphone and IT users

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