A project within the PETRAS Internet of Things Research Hub

Principal Investigator
Professor Jeremy Watson, UCL
UCL team members
Dr Carmen Lefevre, Dr John Blythe
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Project start and end dates May 2016 - August 2017
Project website

Project details

At the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change we are exploring the Cyberhygiene strand of PETRAS. The PETRAS Internet of Things (IoT) Research Hub is a consortium of nine leading UK universities which will work together over the next three years to explore critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security. Funding for the Hub includes a £9.8 million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) which will be boosted by partner contributions to approximately £23 million in total.

The PETRAS Internet of Things Hub, is led by UCL and includes Imperial College London, Lancaster University, University of Oxford, University of Warwick, Cardiff University, University of Edinburgh, University of Southampton, and University of Surrey.

The IoT will bring many benefits for consumers, businesses and government but alongside these benefits will be a heightened risk to cyber threats. Cyberhygiene refers to the security behaviours users need to engage in to protect themselves in IoT environments.

By working with IoT experts and partner institutions, our work seeks to address this problem to help promote behaviour change and lead to better cyberhygiene in end-users. Specifically, the Cyberhygiene project seeks to:

  • Identify key IoT cyberhygiene behaviours
  • Understand user motivations and barriers to IoT cyberhygiene behaviours
  • Develop guidelines for developers, companies, and end-users on improving security behaviours
  • Identify intervention strategies to improve security behaviour