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Fujitsu Psychology Tool Profiles ­sers for Risk of Cyberattacks


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Part of a chart comparing the relative vulnerabilities of users.

Fujitsu Laboratories researchers are developing an enterprise tool to identify people who may be more vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Credit: Fujitsu Laboratories

Fujitsu researchers are integrating psychology into profiling software to make computer security more personalized.

Fujitsu Laboratories is developing an enterprise tool to identify people who may be more vulnerable to cyberattacks based on how they use email, Web browsers, keyboards, and the mouse. The software assumes the majority of attacks exploit mistakes made by users, such as clicking malicious links or accidentally emailing the wrong person.

The software can be compared to "an action log analysis that looks into the potential risks of a user," says a Fujitsu Labs spokesperson.

The researchers found individuals who are more comfortable taking risks also are more susceptible to virus infections, while those who are confident of their computer knowledge are at greater risk for data leaks.

The tool can display warnings such as, "You are vulnerable to being scammed. Be careful," after a risk analysis, as well as create bar graphs to indicate a user's vulnerability to viruses, scams, and data breaches compared to the risk profiles of other departments in their organization. The software also can analyze a user's attention level when reading privacy policies by tracking the distance their mouse moves.

Fujitsu says any identifying information is removed from the collected information prior to analysis, and data would only be collected with the consent of users.

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