The CyCOS Team

The CyCOS project is a collaboration between a team of investigators based at the University of Nottingham, Queen Mary University of London, and the University of Kent.

Prof. Steven Furnell

Principal Investigator

University of Nottingham

Steve is Professor of Cyber Security in the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham. His research interests include security management and culture, usability of security and privacy, and technologies for user authentication and intrusion detection.  He has authored over 370 papers in refereed international journals and conference proceedings, as well as various books, book chapters, and industry reports.  Steve is the UK representative to Technical Committee 11 (security and privacy) within the International Federation for Information Processing, and a board member of the Chartered Institute of Information Security, and a member of the Steering Group for the Cyber Security Body of Knowledge (CyBOK) and the Careers and Learning Working Group within the UK Cyber Security Council.  

Dr Maria Bada


Queen Mary University of London

Maria is a Lecturer at Queen Mary University in London and a RISCS Senior Fellow on cybercrime. Maria is a Co-I for the project 'Enhancing Cyber Resilience of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises through Cyber Security Communities of Support - CyCOS'. She is a behavioural scientist, and her work focuses on the human aspects of cyber security and cybercrime. Her research looks at the effectiveness of cyber security awareness campaigns trying to identify factors which potentially lead to failure of changing the information security behaviour of consumers and employees. She has collaborated with government, law enforcement and private sector organisations to assess national level cyber security capacity and develop interventions to enhance resilience. She is a member of the National Risk Assessment (NRA) Behavioural Science Expert Group in the UK, working on the social and psychological impact of cyber-attacks on members of the public. She is a member of the British Psychological Society. 

Dr Jason Nurse


University of Kent

Jason is a Reader in Cyber Security at the University of Kent and the Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS). Dr Nurse is a Co-I on the “Enhancing Cyber Resilience of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises through Cyber Security Communities of Support” (CyCOS) project. He holds the roles of Visiting Fellow in Defence & Security at Cranfield University, Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), and Co-Chair of the Research Institute for Sociotechnical Cyber Security (RISCS) Advisory Board. His conducts research on cyber insurance and its interplay between security and threats such as ransomware, security risk management, corporate communications and cyber security, and security culture. Dr Nurse was selected as a Rising Star for his research into cyber security, as a part of the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers (RISE) awards campaign. Dr Nurse has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in internationally recognised security journals and conferences, and he is a professional member of the British Computing Society. His research has been featured in various national and international media including the BBC, Newsweek, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, and Wired.

Dr Neeshé Khan

Research Fellow

University of Nottingham

Neeshé is a Research Fellow in Cyber Security in the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham. Her research interests include human factors in cyber security within organisational contexts through the lens of risk and safety engineering approaches. Her research investigates factors that influence unintentional insider threat to identify and limit accidental cyber security breaches, exposures and incidents. She has collaborated with higher education institutes globally, governmental bodies, private firms and worked on national level cyber security challenges concerning various aspects of the human element. Neeshe champions diversity and has engaged in interviews and TV appearances to encourage females and BAME in STEM.


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