Cyber-Security Webinars

Produced in association with Cyber-Security: A Peer-Reviewed Journal, this brand new, educational webinar series has been designed to brief the information security community on the issues that matter. The key issues and themes to be examined in this series include: 

  • Protection Information Assets & Technology 
  • Information Security Policies & Processes
  • Information Security Standards & Controls 
  • Information Compliance 
  • Security Technologies
  • Information Risk Management 


Understanding the "Human Factor" in Cyber-Attacks

Wednesday 11th December 2019

Chris Kayser

The “Human Factor” – how human nature and human curiosity dominate how we act when accessing technology, often determines whether or not we will be victimized by a socially engineered cyberattack.

By raising awareness about how to determine the legitimacy of electronic communications, being able to recognize when we are being socially engineered, and mistakes we make in responding to trickery used by cybercriminals incorporating social engineering, rates of cyber-victimization can be effectively reduced.

Referencing his new theory RESCAT (Required Elements of a Social Engineered Cyber Attack Theory), Chris Kayser will explain how our decision processes when exposed to a socially engineered cyberattack, based on human nature and curiosity, can determine whether or not we will become a cybervictim.

About the speaker: 

Chris Kayser is the Founder, President and CEO of Cybercrime Analytics Inc., a Calgary-based cybercrime consulting and research company. His 25+ years in the computer field, 15 years in the financial services industry, plus research and work in cybercrime investigation and cybersecurity continue to make him a sought after consultant, researcher and presenter.

Observing how cybercriminals were utilizing advanced computer technology to attack individuals, organizations, and governments, Chris commenced an intensive study program to address these issues. He earned a Master of Criminal Justice with a Subconcentration in Cybercrime Investigation and Cybersecurity, a Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime Investigation and Cybersecurity from Boston University and became a member of the Honors Society of Criminal Justice – Alpha Phi Sigma.

He is an active member of CATA Alliance, CATA's eCrime Cyber Council, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), American Society of Criminology (ASC), SERENE-RISC, and ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) and holds a Chartered Market Technician certification from the Market Technicians Association.

Chris has co-authored two research papers in the field of cybercriminology, and has recently introduced a new theory - RESCAT (Required Elements of a Social Engineered Cyber Attack Theory), explaining the importance of social engineering as it relates to cybercrime. He is also the author of “How to Master an Online Degree – A Guide to Success” that is recommended reading for a number of university-level courses.