Cybersecurity is not only a major concern in organisational or operational settings, but importantly in human and community contexts.
Understanding the human and more subjective nature of cybersecurity is a challenge. Achieving a cohesive understanding of culture and cybersecurity requires an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses behavioural and social sciences in addition to information technology and computer security.
The aim of this special issue, following on from our
in 2021, is to continue to advance knowledge about the social and cultural factors that determine how people and organisations experience and behave when undertaking cybersecurity related activities.
We welcome original contributions including application-oriented, methodological, technological and review papers that will develop the state-of-the-art in people, culture and cybersecurity.
Special attention will be given to papers that propose and evaluate innovative approaches or strategies for working with people, and the risks associated with human and cultural factors that arise in cybersecurity activities. We are less focused in this special issue on purely technical aspects of cybersecurity without attention to people or cultural dimensions.
Topics of interest include but are not restricted to:
Socio-cultural factors and cybersecurity
Methodologies for the study of people, culture and cybersecurity
Cybersecurity and people
Social media, censorship and security
Data privacy and surveillance
Organisational and national cybersecurity strategies and frameworks
Emerging Issues in cyber-crime and cyber-safety
Industrial and organisational psychology and cybersecurity
Fraud examination and investigative techniques
Novel incident response methods and techniques
Submission deadline: 31 March 2022
Notification to authors: 1 June 2022
Revised submissions: 31 July 2022
Final decision: 1 October 2022
Submissions should be original papers and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Extended versions of high-quality conference papers that are already published at relevant venues may also be considered as long as the additional contribution is substantial (at least 30% new content).
Authors should follow the formatting and submission instructions for Personal and Ubiquitous Computing at
During the first submission step in Editorial Manager select Original article as the article type. In further steps you should confirm that your submission belongs to this special issue by choosing the special issue title from the drop-down menu.
All papers will be peer-reviewed. Before any special issue is given final approval to be put into production, additional rigorous integrity checks are carried out by the editor-in-chief, editorial team, production office and by Springer Nature.