James Nicholson

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Usable security, cybersecurity, human factors, usable authentication, social engineering, inclusive cybersecurity

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James is a Lecturer in the School of Computer and Information Sciences. James is interested in human-centred cybersecurity, in particular around the domains of usable authentication and social engineering.

 

James' recent work focuses on improving the cybersecurity awareness and behaviours of communities through embedding knowledgeable peers to encourage open discussions around security and serve as behaviour change role models. Past work has looked into improving user authentication, both by repurposing existing graphical authentication systems and by evaluating novel ones. He is also interested in user privacy and how groups of users (children, parents, older adults) experience location tracking technologies, as well as how CCTV video can be crowdsourced to de-centralise the surveillance landscape. More recently, he has developed tools and methodologies for uncovering and understanding employees’ mental models of security threats with the aim of improving training programmes and/or organisational policies, as well as practical means for improving users’ protection against these security threats (e.g. phishing).

 

Previously, James was a senior researcher in PaCT Lab working on the Cybersecurity Across the Lifespan (cSALSA) project. The project explores how cyber-security is understood, and the attitudes and behaviours of people to cyber-security and risk. During his time in PaCT Lab, James also worked on Choice Architecture for Information Security (ChAISe), Digital Economy Research Centre (DERC), and the Horizon 2020 project CYBECO. Prior to PaCT Lab, James worked at Open Lab, Newcastle University on the TEDDI and SiDE projects. James obtained his BSc (Information Systems) from Newcastle University in 2008, and his MRes Psychology from Northumbria University in 2009. James’ PhD work – completed in 2012 – explored user authentication in the context of older adults under the supervision of Professor Lynne Coventry and Professor Pam Briggs.

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Other Qualification, Northumbria University

1 Sep 201815 Dec 2019

Award Date: 2 Mar 2020

Psychology, PhD, Northumbria University

1 Sep 200931 Aug 2012

Award Date: 25 Jan 2013

Psychology, MRes

30 Sep 200931 Dec 2099

Award Date: 30 Sep 2009

Information Systems, BSc (Hons), Newcastle University

1 Aug 200530 Aug 2008

Award Date: 30 Aug 2008

External positions

Newcastle University

1 Jan 20133 Nov 2014

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  • Exploring the Acceptability of Graphical Passwords for People with Dyslexia

    Evtimova, P. & Nicholson, J., 28 May 2021, (Accepted/In press) INTERACT 2021: 18th IFIP TC13 International Conference on Human–Computer Interaction: Sense, Feel, Design. Cham: Springer, (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)).

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  • From Personal Data to Digital Legacy: Exploring Conflicts in the Sharing, Security and Privacy of Post-mortem Data

    Holt, J., Nicholson, J. & Smeddinck, J., 19 Apr 2021, WWW '21: Proceedings of the Web Conference 2021. Leskovec, J., Grobelnik, M., Najork, M., Tang, J. & Zia, L. (eds.). New York: ACM, p. 2745-2756 12 p.

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  • Training and Embedding Cybersecurity Guardians in Older Communities

    Nicholson, J., Morrison, B., Dixon, M., Holt, J., Coventry, L. & McGlasson, J., 6 May 2021, CHI '21: Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Kitamura, Y., Quigley, A., Isbister, K., Igarashi, T., Bjørn, P. & Drucker, S. (eds.). New York: ACM, p. 1-15 15 p. 86

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  • CyberGuardians: Improving Community Cyber Resilience Through Embedded Peer-to-Peer Support

    Nicholson, J. & McGlasson, J., 6 Jul 2020, DIS' 20 Companion: Companion Publication of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference. New York, NY: ACM, p. 117–121 5 p.

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  • Designing for Employee Voice

    Abdulgalimov, D., Kirkham, R., Nicholson, J., Vlachokyriakos, V., Briggs, P. & Olivier, P., May 2020, Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’20): April 25–30, 2020, Honolulu, HI, USA. ACM, 13 p. 157

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