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Background to the Theme

The online environment is increasingly being used by malicious individuals and groups for criminal or antisocial activity. The complexity of software, systems and processes increases the scope and incidence of vulnerabilities.

Our reliance on online systems means that successful cyber attacks are likely to have significant and damaging consequences. The combination of increased threats, vulnerabilities and consequences increases our exposure to cyber risks. Better cybersecurity can help reduce risks to an acceptable level.

Further research is needed to develop a clearer understanding of current and future vulnerabilities, the threats and consequences that result from them and the inadequacies of current approaches. It was with this in mind that EPSRC and PaCCS ran the Human Dimensions of Cyber Security Grants scheme, which emerged from a 2014 workshop on the subject.

Researchers looking for advice on engagement with non-academic stakeholders to get some help with pathways to impact in the cybersecurity space are encouraged to contact Dr. Tristram Riley-Smith by email (

The Cybersecurity theme is led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on behalf of the partnership.


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SPRITE+ brings together people involved in research, practice, and policy with a focus on digital contexts. They are a ‘one stop shop’ for engagement between academic and non-academic communities in the areas of Digital Vulnerabilities; Digital Technologies and Change; Accountability and Ethics in a Digital Ecosystem; and Digital Technologies, Power and Control.