Training and Embedding Cybersecurity Guardians in Older Communities

Nicholson, James, Morrison, Benjamin, Dixon, Matt, Holt, Jack, Coventry, Lynne and McGlasson, Jill (2021) Training and Embedding Cybersecurity Guardians in Older Communities. In: CHI '21: Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, p. 86. ISBN 9781450380966

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Older adults can struggle to access relevant community expertise when faced with new situations. One such situation is the number of cyberattacks they may face when interacting online. This paper reports on an initiative which recruited, trained, and supported older adults to become community cybersecurity educators (CyberGuardians), tasked with promoting cybersecurity best practice within their communities to prevent older adults falling victim to opportunistic cyberattacks. This initiative utilised an embedded peer-to-peer information dissemination strategy, rather than expert-to-citizen, facilitating the inclusion of individuals who would ordinarily be unlikely to seek cybersecurity information and thus may be vulnerable to cyberattacks. We report on ways the CyberGuardians used informal methods to create more aware communities, served as role models for behaviour change and indirectly improved their personal wellbeing. We discuss considerations for supporting CyberGuardians, including implications for sustainability and for replicating this model in other digital contexts, e.g., recognising misinformation or improving mental health.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Funding information: This work was funded by the EPSRC NetworkPlus on Social Justice through the Digital Economy (EP/R044929/1), UK. We would also like to thank Mike Martin for his continued support and our project partners the University of the Third Age (U3A) Whitley Bay and the Old Low Light Heritage Centre.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Older adults, civic engagement, community, cybersecurity, information sharing
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2021 11:51
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2021 09:30

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