Cybersecurity Awareness of College Students and Faculty

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Room: Oceanic 6


Abbas Moallem. Ph.D. (short bio)

UX Experts, LLC - Cupertino, California, USA
Adjunct professor at San Jose State University and California State



The digital world has fundamentally changed and continues to change the way of life for all human beings. Hacking of all sorts is growing exponentially, coming from a variety of sources such as criminals, spying agencies, competitors and so on and for different reasons: financial gain, political influence, intellectual property, trade secrets, etc.

To implement an action plan for defense against hacking, it is essential to measure the cyber security knowledge of people and see how much they can protect themselves in cyberspace.  However, establishing a knowledge measurement at a global level is challenging due to the diversity of communities in factors such as age, level of education, geographical location, standard of living, and technology usage. This seminar will review the results of an extensive investigation of cyber security awareness, knowledge and actions among college students and faculty.  Students and faculty represent the most dynamic and knowledgeable population in any society.  The investigation was also run in a geographic area with one of the highest levels of technology usage, prosperity and diversity in the world:  in Silicon Valley, California USA.  As such, the results represent the high bar of such knowledge and serve as a good indicator to extrapolate for the rest of the population.

The main objective of this seminar is to discuss the cyber security awareness of people and how they protect themselves against cyber-attacks, show trends and discuss possible solutions.


Content and Benefits:

The first part of this seminar will review the main results of the surveys administered in 2018 among students and faculty. In the second part, we will discuss what needs to be done to improve awareness of the general population to protect themselves in cyberspace.


Target Audience:

Potential beneficiaries of this course may be:

  • Academics
  • Professional and Practitioners 
  • Cyber Security professionals

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 human-computer interaction.

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 UI Architect at PeopleSoft, Oracle Corporation, Tumbleweed, and Axway for over 11 years. He also served as a senior engineering product manager and usability expert at NETGEAR. Dr. Moallem has also consulted with numerous companies that include, Sears H.C., Polycom, Cisco System, HID Global, Lam Research, and Applied Materials.  Dr. Moallem has also consulted a variety of industries in Europe, and Canada.

Abbas 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.

Abbas recently edited a book “Human-Computer Interaction and Cybersecurity Handbook", that provides insight into how understanding human factors could change how companies invest their resources in what is currently a $101 billion industry.

He currently serves as Communication and Exposition Chair of the HCI International and Conference and program chair of 1st International Conference on HCI for Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Trust (HCI-CPT).