InfoSec Seminar: Title: Appropriation of security technologies in the workplace

Speaker: Dr Simon Parkin

Date/Time: 27-Aug-2015, 15:00 UTC

Venue: Roberts 422



Using two case studies, we examine the appropriation of security technologies by employees in organisations. We find that employees adapt security technologies and procedures in many different ways, and that the implications of adaptation for employees’ productive tasks and the wider organisation are not considered in process. We want to understand how appropriation within technology use can be observed, so that organisations can reconcile unanticipated security adaptations with standard practices. Based on lessons learned from studies of security technologies in organisations, we identify areas of focus where appropriation activities could inform the design of organisational security: personal security context; interpersonal dynamics, and; training and support.


Dr Simon Parkin is a Senior Research Associate in the Information Security group at University College London, and a member of the Productive Security research team within the UK Research Institute in the Science of Cyber Security (RISCS).

Parkin was previously a member of the Innovation Team at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Security Services (HP ESS) until mid-2012. From 2007 to 2011 Parkin was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University, where he also obtained his PhD.

Current research focuses on the human factor in IT-security and how it is managed in organisations. Interests include holistic IT-security management principles; IT-security knowledge formalisation and communication; IT-security policy management metrics, models and tools.

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