Computer Laboratory

Maria Bada

maria.bada [at]

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Dr Maria Bada
Computer Laboratory
15 JJ Thomson Avenue
Cambridge CB3 0FD
United Kingdom

I am a Research Associate at the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre, at the Computer Laboratory of Cambridge University, an interdisciplinary initiative combining expertise from computer science, criminology, and law.

Within this role my research focuses on the human factor in cybercrime. More specifically, I focus on profiling of cybercriminals, the cybercrime ecosystem and how the Internet supports criminal behaviour online as well as the ways to combat cybercrime through tools and capacity building especially for emerging economies.

Previously, I was a Senior Researcher at the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre, University of Oxford. In this role, I focused on research related to cybersecurity and cyberpsychology and encouraging responsible cyber culture within society. My role entailed both desk research as well as field work at an international level. My research focused on the human factor of cybersecurity and the assessment of the effectiveness of cyber security awareness campaigns, their impact in changing online behaviour and the factors to assess cyber security capacity. Within that post I engaged with the British Government as well as Governments globally and a wide range of global partners, including international organisations and the private sector such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the World Bank, the Organization of American States and the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation.

I am a member of the National Risk Assessment (NRA) Behavioural Science Expert Group in the UK, working on the social and psychological impact of cyber-attacks on members of the public. Moreover, I am a member of the Steering group of the London Digital Security Centre, launched by the Mayor of London as a joint venture with the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police, a member of Europol EC3 as well as a member of the Joint Task Force CSEC2017 Global Advisory Board (GAB) working on the development of the first set of global curricular guidelines in cybersecurity education.

I graduated the Department of Psychology, at Panteion University in Athens. My Ph.D. and Master studies focused on Media Psychology and change of behaviour. I have worked towards the treatment of excessive use of internet in children and adolescence by conducting prevention activities for teachers, parents and children. I am a member of the British Psychological Society and the British Counselling Society. I did a practical training at the Department of Clinical Psychology in Wagner-Jauregg Psychiatric Clinic in Austria, as well as at the Department of Social Affairs, at the Provincial Government Office of Upper Austria.

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