T07: Human Computer Interaction and Cyber-Security

Sunday, 15 July 2018, 13:30 – 17:30


Abbas Moallem, Ph.D. (short bio)

UX Experts, LLC - Cupertino, California, USA
Adjunct Professor at San Jose State University and California State University East Bay



The "human agent" is at the center of all security research. Some people refer to human agents or users as the "weakest link in the security chain". It is true that user behavior plays a part in many security failures. This introductory/intermediate course in the human aspects of cyber security will provide an overview of HCI related sciences and technology within the growing field of cyber security. In addition to learning about cyber security, participants will also learn how to manage and monitor their own online activities, security, and protect themselves from cyber attacks.


Content and benefits:

The first half of the course will be used to make sure that all participants have a solid understanding of human computer interaction in cyber security. The second half of the session will delve into more advanced applications of cyber security, including examples of a number of scenarios that may reveal the vulnerability and causes of undesirable user behavior in cyber security.

The course will feature presentations, small group activities, and discussions to enhance learning. Presentations will examine the following topics:

  • Fundamental principles and human behavior in cyber security
  • Human behavior in authentication and access control
  • Social engineering and human behavior
  • Trust in human computer interaction
  • User privacy and data protection
  • Smart devices, appliances, and environments
  • HCI and cyber security in mobile computing & cloud computing


Target Audience:

Prior knowledge of experience in the field of cyber security is not required, therefore potential beneficiaries of this course may be:

  • People who are new to the topic of cyber security
  • People who have some experience with cyber security
  • HCI professionals with an interest in the field of cyber security
  • People who would like to learn about cyber security on a personal level
  • Researchers already working in the area of cyber security

Bio Sketch of Presenter:

Dr. Abbas Moallem is an executive director of UX Experts, LLC and an adjunct professor at San Jose State University, California State University, East Bay, where he teaches HCI, human factors and cyber security.

Dr. Moallem has over 20 years of experience in the fields of human factors, ergonomics, human computer interaction (HCI) and usability. He has also served as a senior engineering product manager and usability expert at NETGEAR and as a UI Architect at PeopleSoft, Oracle Corporation, Tumbleweed, and Axway for over 11 years. He has also consulted with numerous companies that include, Sears H.C., Polycom, Cisco System, HID Global, Lam Research, and Applied Materiel.  Dr. Moallem has also consulted a variety of industries in Europe, and Canada.

Dr. Moallem holds a Ph.D. in Human Factors and Ergonomics from the University of Paris (Paris XIII), a Master’s degree in Biomechanics from the University of Creteil (Paris XI) and a Master’s degree in Ergonomics from the Conservatoire Nation des Arts et Métiers in Paris, France. Dr. Moallem obtained his B.A. degree from the University of Tehran in 1978.

He currently serves as Communication and Exposition Chair of the HCI International Conference and the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International Conference.