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Uncertainty and Risk: Investigating Line Graph Aesthetic for Enhanced Cybersecurity Awareness

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posted on 2023-10-10, 09:28 authored by Joel Pinney, Fiona CarrollFiona Carroll

 Cybersecurity has never been more important than now (during/post-COVID-19 pandemic). In 2020, we experienced a global shift to remote work and many businesses had to adopt new technologies to facilitate this remote operation. With this change, there was not only the increased risk of exposure to new types of cyber attacks but also a lot of questions around how we should deal with these attacks. In particular, how do we present and visualise these new uncertainties and risks to ensure a more heightened cybersecurity awareness. This paper focuses on the use of lines and, in particular, how the advancement in the aesthetic of the line could afford enhanced cybersecurity awareness. The results from a large study showed the influence of design element colour and design principle emphasis to portray intuitive visual warnings of uncertainty. Moreover, we found that the use of unanticipated colours paired with aesthetic qualities can afford a stronger impression of dangers and risks as opposed to those conventionally associated with danger. In terms of cybersecurity visualisations, these findings show that advanced line aesthetics have the power to nurture a heightened cybersecurity awareness. Furthermore, portraying the potential to encode further warnings and information into cybersecurity visualisations that employ the use of lines (i.e. force directed graphs). 

History

Presented at

International Conference on Cybersecurity, Situational Awareness and Social Media Cyber Science 2022; 20–21 June; Wales

Publisher

Springer

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Citation

Pinney, J., Carroll, F. (2023) Uncertainty and Risk: Investigating Line Graph Aesthetic for Enhanced Cybersecurity Awareness. In: Onwubiko, C., et al. Proceedings of the International Conference on Cybersecurity, Situational Awareness and Social Media. Springer Proceedings in Complexity. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-6414-5_14

Print ISSN

2213-8684

Electronic ISSN

2213-8692

ISBN

978-981-19-6414-5

Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Technologies

Cardiff Met Authors

Joel Pinney Fiona Carroll

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  • © The Authors

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Language

  • en

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