Can We Fight Social Engineering Attacks By Social Means? Assessing Social Salience as a Means to Improve Phish Detection

Nicholson, James, Coventry, Lynne and Briggs, Pamela (2017) Can We Fight Social Engineering Attacks By Social Means? Assessing Social Salience as a Means to Improve Phish Detection. In: Proceedings of the 13th Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2017): Santa Clara, CA, USA, July 12–14, 2017. USENIX Association, pp. 285-298. ISBN 9781931971393

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Abstract

Phishing continues to be a problem for both individuals and organisations, with billions of dollars lost every year. We propose the use of nudges – more specifically social saliency nudges that aim to highlight important information to the user when evaluating emails. We used a signal detection analysis to assess the effects of both sender saliency (highlighting important fields from the sender) and receiver saliency (showing numbers of other users in receipt of the same email). Sender saliency improved phish detection but did not introduce any unwanted response bias. Users were asked to rate their confidence in their own judgements and these confidence scores were poorly calibrated with actual performance, particularly for phishing (as opposed to genuine) emails. We also examined the role of impulsive behaviour on phish detection, concluding that those who score highly on dysfunctional impulsivity are less likely to detect the presence of phishing emails.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: C800 Psychology
G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: James Nicholson
Date Deposited: 26 May 2017 12:13
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2020 10:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/30862

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