Behavior change interventions for cybersecurity

P. Briggs*, D. Jeske, L. Coventry

*Corresponding author for this work

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While behavior change methods have become relatively commonplace in the health domain, they have only recently been applied to the cybersecurity field. In this chapter we review two fundamentally different approaches to behavior change in cybersecurity. First we explore "nudging" and behavioral interventions arising from the MINDSPACE framework. Second we explore the more theoretically based Protection Motivation Theory (PMT) as a framework for introducing behavior change. Finally we consider the relationship between these two approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBehavior change research and theory
Subtitle of host publicationpsychological and technological perspectives
EditorsLinda Little, Elizabeth Sillence, Adam Joinson
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780128027059
ISBN (Print)9780128026908
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Cybersecurity
  • Nudge
  • Protection motivation theory


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