Research

Chris  partners with experts in the field of cybercrime investigation and cybersecurity to collaborate in advanced research projects to determine more effective ways of reducing increasing rates of cyber-victimization.

Many aspects of his research focuses on the risks of being victimized by a cyberattack on personal devices or while using corporate networks.

Chris’ new theory – RESCAT (Required Elements for a Social Engineered Cyber Attack Theory), developed in collaboration with Drs. Mastrorilli and Cadigan from Boston University’s Metropolitan College examines the human element of cyber-victimization and critical decision processes UoT make when using technology, particularly during a social engineered cyberattack.  Published in early 2020 in Cyber Security: A Peer-Reviewed Journal, RESCAT has garnered much attention from academics interested in developing and testing the concepts of RESCAT in more detail.

Chris is also a co-author with Drs. Kyung-Schick Choi (Boston University) and Clair Seungeun Lee (UMass Lowell), and Ryan Shandler (University of Haifa) on a study of cyber-terrorism events conducted by al-Qaeda and ISIS that has been selected for publication in a major criminal justice peer-reviewed journal in August, 2021.

Ongoing research projects include: how UoT can be better educated to become more cyber-safe and cyber-aware; and the impact of generational differences that influence how individuals accept and embrace technology into their lives, how they conduct themselves when doing so, and the resulting probability of different generations being victimized by a cyberattack.

PUBLISHED RESEARCH

Kayser, C., Mastrorilli, M. E., and Cadigan, R. (2020). Preventing cybercrime: A framework for understanding the role of human vulnerabilities.  Henry Stewart Publications, Cyber Security: A Peer-Reviewed Journal, Volume three, Number Two, Winter 2019-2020.  ISSN: 2398-5100

Choi, K. C., Lee, C, S., Shandler, R., & Kayser, C. (2021).  Mapping Global Cyberterror Networks: An Empirical Study of al-Qaeda and ISIS Cyberterrorism Events. (Accepted for Publication).