Prof. M. Angela Sasse presents the sixth Wheeler Lecture


'Can we make people value IT security?' Professor M Angela Sasse from the Department of Computer Science at University College London will speak on the subject in Cambridge on Wednesday 24th May.

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The “Wheeler Lecture” is an annual series of distinguished lectures named after David Wheeler, one of the early pioneers of Computer Science.

There is no charge to attend, but it would be helpful if you could register your interest using the registration form.

Event details

Date: Wednesday 24 May 2017
Venue:Lecture Theatre 1, Computer Laboratory, William Gates Building, 15 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0FD
Speaker: Professor M Angela Sasse, UCL
Subject: Can we make people value IT security?

In many organisations today, IT security is a battleground: to manage the risks the organisation faces, security specialists devise policies and deploy security mechanisms that they expect staff and customers to comply with. But most of time, staff and customers don’t comply, and attempts to change that by “raising awareness” and “educating” them generally fail. The talk will use the examples of security warnings, access control, and sandboxing to explain the different perspectives and values that security specialists and ‘the rest of us’ apply to security. In conclusion, I will argue that a value-centred design approach is the only way to develop security solutions people want to use.

M Angela Sasse is the Professor of Human-Centred Technology in the Department of Computer Science at University College London. She obtained an M.Sc. in Occupational Psychology from the University of Sheffield and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Birmingham. She joined UCL as a lecturer in 1990. Since the mid-90s, her research has focussed on establishing the human-centred perspective on security, privacy, identity and trust. She has pioneered research on how IT security affects individual and organisational productivity, working with a number of major UK companies, and government agencies in the UK, US and Germany. She is currently the Director of the UK Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2015.


The programme for the day is as follows:

  • 15:45 Afternoon tea
  • 16:15 Wheeler Lecture
  • 17:30 Drinks reception

For further information about the Wheeler seminar series contact David Greaves.

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