T09: 10 Things you need to know to protect yourself and your company from cyber attacks

Saturday, 27 July 2019, 08:30 – 12:30
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Abbas Moallem. Ph.D. (short bio)

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



Every day the number of ransomware, identity thefts, credit card fraud, email message hacking, etc. grows and costs individuals and institutions both short-term and long-term loss.

The press is full of reports of data center breaches that result in loss of intellectual property, trade secrets, and/or customer data and affect the company’s reputation.

Successful cyber protection at the individual level or enterprise level is not possible without having well-trained people who are aware of security risks and are knowledgeable enough to make sound judgments when they are confronted with cyber-attacks such as phishing or fraudulent phone calls. The active involvement of employees and their awareness are paramount to a company’s security compliance.

The objective of this tutorial is to cover 10 important areas of cybersecurity risks and teach attendees about protective measures.

After the completion of this training, session participants will learn practical ways of dealing with cyber-attacks, and a list of actions to take to protect themselves at both the individual and the company level.

  1. Trust
  2. Authentication
  3. Privacy
  4. Ransomware
  5. Identity Theft
  6. Phishing
  7. Application Access
  8. Social Media
  9. Home Networking
  10. Surveillance


Target Audience:

Prior knowledge of experience in the field of cybersecurity is not required. Therefore potential beneficiaries of this course may be: 

  • Students at All level
  • All Academics
  • Professional and Practitioners

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, where he teaches HCI, human factors and cybersecurity. He is editor of the newly published book Human Computer Interaction in Cybersecurity Handbook" published by CRC Press.

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 Material.  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).