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Human-Centered Cybersecurity


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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Human-Centered Cybersecurity program seeks to "champion the human in cybersecurity" by conducting interdisciplinary research to better understand and improve people’s interactions with cybersecurity systems, products, processes, and services.



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Research Areas

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Created November 17, 2016, Updated May 29, 2024