Next Generation Program Sociologist Looks to Human Behavior in Cybersecurity Research
Sociologist David Maimon’s earliest research examined the effects neighborhoods have in determining why some people in neighborhoods engage in crime and deviant behaviors. In 2010, he turned his focus to cybercrime and the unique online ecosystem in which cybercriminals thrive.
Maimon leads the Evidence-based Cybersecurity Research Group in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. For this group, he has formed a team, including Georgia State’s chief innovation officer, computer science faculty from the College of Arts & Sciences, computer information systems faculty from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business and criminologists from the policy school to partner in research with cybersecurity experts from around the world. Maimon is also the first Next Generation faculty member hired to teach in Georgia’s new FinTech Academy, a Georgia Board of Regents talent initiative with a hub at Georgia State.
The cybersecurity research group will produce evidence on each of the actors in the cyber ecosystem and on the effectiveness of different tools in nudging them to respond in ways “we want them to behave,” said Maimon. “The work of this research group will help redefine and improve cybersecurity.”