Professor Monica Whitty holds a full-time Chair in Human Factors in Cyber Security at the University of Melbourne and a part-time Chair in Human Factors in Cyber Security at the University of Warwick. She is also a committee member of the Global Futures Council on CyberSecurity for the World Economic Forum.
Professor Whitty is a cyberpsychologist, whose research over the last 20 years has focused, generally, on how individuals behave in cyberspace. Her current research expertise is in the following areas:
- cyberscams - (e.g, romance, investment, consumer scams) detection, prevention (both cyber and training methods), victimology (e.g., the types of individuals and behaviours that place individuals at greater risk of becoming scammed), criminal strategies (e.g., the tricks criminals employ);
- e-safety - the development and evaluation of effective methods to improve users' cybersecurity practices;
- insider threat - detection and prevention models;
- online identity - the types of identities individuals construct in cyberspace and how these compare across cyber spaces and the physical realm;
- digital deception;
- online harassment and stalking - users' perceptions of these crimes and methods to deter;
- morals codes in cyberspace - whether individuals hold the same moral codes in cyberspace as they do in the physical realm (with a focus on games); and
- the future of digital technologies and issues around AI, ethics, privacy and security.
Professor Whitty is and Australian who has lived in the UK from 2003-2017 in psychology, media and communication and engineering departments. She has previously held full-time Chairs at the University of Warwick (2016-2017) and the University of Leicester (2010-2016).
Prior to working at Leicester she held full-time academic p