Promoting cyber security awareness via gamification

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


Modern society depends upon the Internet, allowing users access to online services such as social networks, Internet banking applications, and e-commerce websites. To ensure users behave in a safe and secure manner online, it is important for them to have an understanding of basic security measures. However, users often do not know how to make their online interactions secure. This talk will discuss the challenges of improving security awareness and how gamification techniques have the potential to address these issues. An exploratory study will be presented based on research conducted with a role-playing Android application which uses gamification techniques to educate users about password security.

Relevant paper: Scholefield, S., Shepherd L.A. (2019). Gamification Techniques for Raising Cyber Security Awareness. HCI International 2019. Florida, USA (arXiv preprint available
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2019
EventWorkshop on Serious Games for Cyber Security - Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 May 201922 May 2019


WorkshopWorkshop on Serious Games for Cyber Security
CountryUnited Kingdom
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