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Dr James Nicholson

Lecturer

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

James is a Lecturer in the School of Computer and Information Sciences. James is interested in many aspects of cybersecurity and privacy, including usable security, usable authentication, social engineering, lay users’ understanding of cybersecurity, multifactor authentication, everyday surveillance, and inclusive cybersecurity.

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’ work has focused on 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).

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.

James Nicholson

Campus Address

B113, Ellison Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Engaging Users with Educational Games: The Case of Phishing, Dixon, M., Asanka Gamagedara Arachchilage, N., Nicholson, J. 8 Feb 2019, Proceedings of CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (CHI’19 Extended Abstracts), Glasgow, ACM
  • “If It’s Important It Will Be A Headline”: Cybersecurity Information Seeking in Older Adults, Nicholson, J., Coventry, L., Briggs, P. 10 Dec 2018, ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019
  • Introducing the Cybersurvival Task: Assessing and Addressing Staff Beliefs about Effective Cyber Protection, Nicholson, J., Coventry, L., Briggs, P. 12 Aug 2018, 14th Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security
  • Simple Nudges for Better Password Creation, Nicholson, J., Vlachokyriakos, V., Coventry, L., Briggs, P., Olivier, P. 6 Jul 2018, BCS 32nd Human Computer Interaction Conference
  • Activity Recognition for Quality Assessment of Batting Shots in Cricket using a Hierarchical Representation, Khan, A., Nicholson, J., Ploetz, T. Sep 2017, In: ACM Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT)
  • Can We Fight Social Engineering Attacks By Social Means? Assessing Social Salience as a Means to Improve Phish Detection, Nicholson, J., Coventry, L., Briggs, P. 12 Jul 2017, Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) 2017
  • Everyday surveillance, Briggs, P., Churchill, E., Levine, M., Nicholson, J., Pritchard, G., Olivier, P. 7 May 2016, CHI EA 2016, ACM
  • Using IMUs to identify supervisors on touch devices, Kharrufa, A., Nicholson, J., Dunphy, P., Hodges, S., Briggs, P., Olivier, P. 30 Aug 2015, Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2015, London, Springer
  • Social media as a resource for understanding security experiences: A qualitative analysis of #password tweets, Dunphy, P., Vlachokyriakos, V., Thieme, A., Nicholson, J., McCarthy, J., Olivier, P. 22 Jul 2015, Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) 2015
  • Captchat: A messaging tool to frustrate ubiquitous surveillance, Dunphy, P., Schöning, J., Nicholson, J., Olivier, P. 18 Apr 2015, 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Qualifications

  • Psychology PhD Investigating User Authentication in the Context of Older Adults January 25 2013
  • Psychology MRes Location Tracking in Families September 30 2009
  • Information Systems BSc (Hons) Securing Passfaces for Description August 30 2008
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy AFHEA


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