Farshadkhah selected one of three SIGSEC 2018 Doctoral Student Award recipients

The Special Interest Group on Information Security and Privacy (SIGSEC) of the Association of Information Systems (AIS) recently selected Sahar Farshadkhah, a Doctor of Business Administration student at Louisiana Tech University, as one of three recipients of the SIGSEC 2018 Doctoral Student Award.

Sahar FarshadkhahFarshadkhah, a third year business doctoral candidate concentrating in computer information systems, was chosen to present her research at the Pre-ICIS Annual Workshop on Information Security and Privacy (WISP) on Dec. 13 in San Francisco, Calif.

“In general, AIS SIGSEC provides networking opportunities for people who conduct research, develop, and/or teach about information security, assurance, digital forensics, privacy and information system risk management and auditing,” Farshadkhah said. “It is a great opportunity for me to present my research in front of most of the distinguished scholars in the cybersecurity area.”

Farshadkhah’s research focuses on behavioral information security, particularly the role of behavior and informal methods in information security assurance.“Besides an organization’s information security concerns, understanding an employee’s philosophy to comply or not comply with information security rules may help provide a more efficient solution to make an organization secure from information and data point of view,” she explained.

Specifically, the research she will present at WISP explores the willingness of employees to share information security advice and how it may better awareness and compliance.

“I am so grateful for being part of the College of Business doctoral program,” said Farshadkhah.“I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to my professors for their unconditional support.”

WISP is a one-day intimate workshop where senior researchers provide valuable feedback on research papers. It is intended to be a forum for scholars, practitioners, and doctoral students interested in information security and privacy to exchange ideas and encourage collaboration among the members of the SIGSEC community. Various topics included in the workshop include socio-technical analysis of information security/privacy, cultural issues in information security and privacy, analysis of system vulnerabilities and risk exposure, cybersecurity and diplomacy, Bright internet safe platforms, freedom of expression, and privacy protection.

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