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Championing the Human in Cybersecurity

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Human-Centered Cybersecurity team brings together experts in diverse disciplines to work on projects aimed at understanding and improving the usability of cybersecurity software, hardware, systems, and processes. This work was initiated as part of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) Research and Development effort. Our goal is to provide guidance for policymakers, system engineers and security professionals so that they can make better decisions that enhance the usability of cybersecurity in their organizations. Ideally, these decisions should: (1) Have a basis in real empirical data, (2) Create solutions that are secure in practice, not just in theory, and (3) Take user needs and behavior into account.

Our research areas include:

  • Authentication
  • Cryptography
  • Cybersecurity Adoption and Awareness
  • Internet of Things
  • Phishing
  • Privacy
  • User Perceptions & Behaviors

For more information and to view our reports visit Human-Centered Cybersecurity.

Created April 12, 2021, Updated October 23, 2023