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Cybersecurity Definitions for Non-Experts



Lorenzo Neil, Julie Haney, Kerrianne Buchanan, Charlotte Healy


Despite the importance of cybersecurity, there is no standard definition nor common terminology for explaining cybersecurity. Existing definitions largely target academics or technical experts but not non-experts (those without cybersecurity proficiency). To gain a better understanding of which definitions and terms within definitions are most appropriate to non-experts, we conducted a systematic search and analysis of existing definitions that are likely to be accessed by non-experts. This analysis is informing a future interview study to directly discuss definitions with non-experts.
Proceedings Title
Poster session at the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security
Conference Dates
August 6-8, 2023
Conference Location
Anaheim, CA, US
Conference Title
Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security


cybersecurity, definitions


Neil, L. , Haney, J. , Buchanan, K. and Healy, C. (2023), Cybersecurity Definitions for Non-Experts, Poster session at the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security, Anaheim, CA, US, [online], (Accessed May 25, 2024)


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Created August 6, 2023, Updated September 22, 2023