Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. have created a new technology that uses social psychology to analyze the potential risks of user activity online.
Based on how users interact with web browsers via their keyboard and mouse, the enterprise tool identifies risk behaviors that might, for example, increase the user’s risk of being scammed, data which it then uses to implement a security countermeasure.
Fujitsu’s new technology is based on a research experiment that incorporated the help of social psychology experts. Approximately 2,000 Japanese employees ranging in age from 20 to 60 filled out an online questionnaire that sought to identify psychological traits that make users vulnerable to scamming, virus infections, and data breaches.
The results show that benefits-oriented people were more likely to fall victim to computer viruses, whereas those who were confident in their computer skills were more likely to experience a data breach.
Using this information, the technology is capable of implementing security counter-measures based on user behavior, such as displaying warning messages and elevating the threat levels of suspicious emails. It can also print out a bar graph of its log analysis illustrating to which online threats a user is vulnerable.
“Most organizations have a single set of security countermeasures in place, but depending on the people and department, these can either be too strict or too lenient,” a spokesman for Fujitsu said. “Cyberattacks are becoming more and more intricate in how they adjust to their targets, so there are limits to what one kind of security countermeasure can do.”
Fujitsu is working to improve the technology’s ability to assign counter-measures and hopes to commercialize the system in 2016.