Researcher

Professor Monica Whitty

Biography

Professor Monica Whitty is the Director of Research (Cyber) at the UNSW (Canberra), where she also holds a Chair in Human Factors in Cyber Security. She is a member of the World Economic Forum Cyber Security Centre and was a member of the WEF Cyber Security Global Futures Committee. She is also a visiting Professor in Cyber Security at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her work, in particular, examines fraud (esp romance scams), identities...view more

Professor Monica Whitty is the Director of Research (Cyber) at the UNSW (Canberra), where she also holds a Chair in Human Factors in Cyber Security. She is a member of the World Economic Forum Cyber Security Centre and was a member of the WEF Cyber Security Global Futures Committee. She is also a visiting Professor in Cyber Security at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her work, in particular, examines fraud (esp romance scams), identities created in cyberspace, online security risks, behaviour in cyberspace, insider threat, as well as detecting and preventing deception, such as cyberscams and mis/disinformation (drawing from psychological theory and methods and linguistic tools). Monica is the author of over 100 articles and 5 books, the latest being: 'Cyberpsychology: The study of individuals, society and digital technologies' (Wiley, 2017, with Garry Young). 


My Grants

CURRENT

2020                CSCRC. Cyber Risks of COVID-19 Response: Risks, Mitigations and Interventions of Mass Remote Working during the COVID-19 Outbreak.

 

PREVIOUS

2018 - 2019     Solicitors Regulation Authority. Understanding susceptibility to dubious investment schemes. Lead by the Behavioural Insights Team. Co-investigator: Monica Whitty.

2018 - 2019     Head of Schools Fund SANCTUARY. Social, humAn, aNd CuTUural aspects of physical And cybeRsecuritY. $15,000. Thematic cluster, University of Melbourne.

2018-2021     EPSRC (Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security, Round 2 competition) £906,693 People Powered Algorithms for Desirable Social Outcomes. Principle Investigator: Dunc Hodges. Co-investigators: wB Jones, Debbie Ashenden, Oliver Buckley. Lizzie Cole-Kemp, International Investigator: Monica Whitty.

2018-2019       Consumer Policy Research Centre. $100,000 CAMP: Consumer’s Anonymity Measuring Project. Lead: Suelette Dreyfus. Co-investigators: Monica Whitty, Shanton Chang, Jeannie Paterson & Andrew Clausen.

2017-2019       Melbourne Networked Society Institute & ACE Cyber Security Centre, The University of Melbourne $59,000.00 (AUD) Staying safe online: An examination of the effectiveness of e-safety websites. Chief Investigator: Prof Monica Whitty. Co-investigators: Dr Scott Wright, Dr Wonsun Shin, & Dr Suelette Dreyfus.

2016-2018       EPSRC (Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security competition) £1,063,851.40 DAPM: Detecting and Preventing Mass-Marketing Fraud (MMF). Principle Investigator: Monica Whitty. Co-investigators: Awais Rashid, Mike Levi, Gianluca Stringhini, Anglea Sasse & Tom Sorell.

2016-2017       National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ in collaboration with RISCS UNDERWARE (UNDERstanding West African culture to pRevent cybercrimEs). Principle Investigator: Monica Whitty. Co-investigators: Tim Watson, Carsten Maple, Tom Sorell £31,800.

2016-2017       Centre for the Protection of the National Infrastructure £255,936 Corporate Insider Threat Detection: Cyber Security Insider and Out  – follow on project. Principal Investigator: Sadie Creese. Co-investigators: Michael Goldsmith, Monica Whitty & David Upton.

2016-2017       College of Policing £555,673 Establishment of an Economic Crime Isomorphic Learning Centre. Principal investigator: Alix Newbold, City of London Police. Co-Is: Mark Button, Mike Levi & Monica Whitty.

2016-2017     ESRC £299,634.20 Ways of Being in a Digital Age: A Systematic Review Principal investigator: Simeon Yates. Co-investigators: Adam Joinson, Ann Light, Simon Maskell, Michael Pidd, Claire Taylor, Claire Townsend, Vishanth Weerakkody, Bridgette Wessels, & Monica Whitty.

2016                USAILS Expert Witness for sentencing for romance scam criminal in USA.

2016                Norton. £1,500. Broken Hearts Project

2015                Cyber security, Netherlands £3,000 Guest lectures on cyber security for the Netherlands, University of Twente.

2015                Nine Lives Media £1,000 Advising on migration fraud for documentary.

2014                National Fraud Authority £2,000 Online security campaign: Assisting with the development of an online security campaign targeted at mothers about their family’s online security.

2014                dstl £15,000 Cybersecurity project

2014                dstl £3,000 Cybersecurity project

2013                Technology Strategy Board £49,460 mTrust: A low cost inclusive m-commerce solution for high street and online trusted traders. Principal Investigator: John Weightman. Co-investigators: Tony Allen, Monica Whitty & David Brown. (£6,360 to Leicester).

2012-2015       Centre for the Protection of the National Infrastructure £1.6 million. Corporate Insider Threat Detection: Cyber Security Insider and Out  Principal Investigator: Sadie Creese. Co-investigators: Monica Whitty, David Upton, Min Chen, Michael Goldsmith and Michael Levi. (£301,439 to Leicester)

2012-2013       ESRC (follow on grant) (ES/J010863/1) £96,931.01 Development of the online romance scam toolkits for the public sector. Principal Investigator: Monica Whitty. Co-investigator: Tom Buchanan.

2012            ESCON Expert Meeting Scheme €8,050 Principal Investigator: Dr roger Giner-Sorolla. Co-investigators: Dr. Friederike Eyssel, Dr. Tobias Greitmeyer, Professor Mark Griffiths, Dr. Tilo Hartmann, Dr. Maria-Paola Padadino, Professor Jochen Peter, Dr. David Smahel, Mr Brian Spisak, Dr. Jeroen Vaes, Professor Mark van Vugt & Professor Monica Whitty.

2011-2015       EPSRC (EP/J004995/1) £1,905,242.39 SID: An exploration of super identity. Principal investigator: Dr. Sarah Stevenage. Co-researchers: Monica Whitty, Sue Black, Sadie Creese, Richard Guest, Danae Stanton, Steve Saxby & Bill Pike. (£363,101 to Leicester).

2011                National Media Museum £1,080 Providing advise for Gallery on the history and the impact of the Internet.

2011                Heartbroker $2,000 (USD) Providing advise for a new online dating company.

2010-2011       ESRC (RES-000-22-4022) £99,442 An examination of the online romance scam. Principal Investigator: Monica Whitty. Co-investigator: Tom Buchanan. [awarded the top grade of ‘outstanding’].

2010              SIS (Stimulating Innovation for Success) £9,951 Learning more about human behaviour with regards to IT monitoring and security of data. Principal Investigator: Monica Whitty. Co-investigator: Andy Kayes (Nexor Ltd).

2009-2010       Nuffield £3,897 Are there morals in cyberspace? A pilot study examining the psychological consequences of engaging in certain behaviours in MMORPGs. Principal Investigator: Monica Whitty. Co-investigator: Garry Young.

2009                Match.com £20,000 Lovegiest project. Principal investigator: Monica Whitty, Co-investigators: Tom Buchanan

2009                Expert Witness (Colorado, USA). £12,000 Expert witness on internet sexual offending case.

2008                British Academy (conference support grant) £200 Deception and Trust on Online Dating Sites paper presented at Conference on Computer Human Interaction, Florence. Presenter: Monica Whitty

2008                Zoogin £1057.50 Assisting with the design of a dating programme.

2007-2008:      eHarmony £156,301 Study of Marriage and the Internet. Principal Investigator: Professor Bill Dutton in the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University. Co-investigators: Ellen Helsper & Monica Whitty.

2007-2008:      Queen’s University Belfast (internal grant) £10,000 Eating behaviours of the elderly. Principal Investigator: Katherine Appleton, Queen’s University Belfast. Co-investigator: Monica Whitty

2007-2008       British Academy £6,274 Deception across Different modes of Communication Principal Investigator: Monica Whitty, Co-investigators: Tom Buchanan & Adam Joinson.

2007                Match.com £2,468 Internet Psychology and Online Dating. Principal investigator: Monica Whitty, Co-investigators: Mark Griffiths & Tom Buchanan. £2,468

2006:               Surf Control £18,000 Trust and Risk in the Workplace.

2005                BPS (Visiting Fellows Scheme) £600 Nomination for Professor Brian Spitzberg to work with Monica Whitty at Queen’s University Belfast.

2005-2008       European Science Foundation Asperger’s Syndrome Package (ASP): Integration of eye tracking technology and an internet training package to assist children with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). Primary Supervisor and writer of proposal: Monica Whitty

2003:               Surf Control £7,000 Internet and Email in the Workplace Survey.

2003-2004       NSW crime Division: Criminology Research Council $42,000 (AUD) Cyberstalking Principal investigator: Monica Whitty, Co-investigators: John Biddewell, Vaughn Bowie.

2002 – 2003    UWS partnership grant with industry partner RSVP $15,580 (AUD) Love online: An examination of the progression of romantic relationships that initiate through An Australian Online Dating Agency.

2002                Surf Control $30,000 (AUD) Internet and email behaviour in the workplace.

2001                UWS (Initiative grant) $1,710 (AUD) Developing Teaching Materials for Blind Students.

2001                Surf Control $10,000 (AUD) Opinions on privacy and surveillance in Australian workplaces.

2000                UWS (Nepean Equity grant) $5,000 (AUD) Subjects on Disk – enhancing student equity by providing portable subject materials. Principal investigator: Monica Whitty, Co-investigator: Ray Archee.

1999                UWS (Nepean Seed grant) $7,194 (AUD) Young Unemployed people’s hopes and dreams for the future.


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

HUMAN FACTORS IN CYBER SECURITY: Cyber security is a multidisciplinary area of research. I'm open to supervising any student interested in the human factors - they may have a grounding in psychology, sociology, criminology, media and communication, philosophy or business studies. I'm especially interested in supervising individuals wanting to research scams, phish, insider threat,  mis/information, disinformation, fake news, identity issues, cyber stalking, trolling,  cyber bullying, policy, privacy and surveillance issues. I'm open to other areas that candidates might be passionate about researching.


Currently supervising

Matthew Anderson

Andy Williams

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