Security and Human Behavior 2016

General Information

The ninth Workshop on Security and Human Behavior (SHB) brings together computer scientists, security engineers, psychologists, economists, sociologists, law professors, philosophers, and other scholars interested in understanding security and human behavior. The Workshop’s goal is to discuss, in an informal and interdisciplinary setting, issues where security, psychological, and behavioral sciences interact. The scope is broad: topics we covered in the past include the misperception of risk, security usability, deception, security and privacy decision making.

The Workshop does not have a formal paper submission process. Participation in the Workshop is by invitation. Everybody who attends also participates in the discussion. Invited scholars do not need to prepare a new manuscript for the Workshop; rather, they are encouraged to present their current (or their favorite, or their most representative) research, which—given the eclectic and engaging nature of the group—usually stimulates interesting discussions, and has frequently generated new joint research projects.

Organizers: Bruce Schneier, Ross Anderson, Alessandro Acquisti.


The conference will start on May 31 and run two days, finishing end of day on June 1. There will be a welcome reception on Monday, May 30.


Lewis Hall
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA


Registration is $175 per person. This is the cost for industry, academic, and student attendees. There are limited stipend funds available if attendance would otherwise be difficult.

This is an invitational conference, so please don’t register unless you received an invitation. And if you did receive an invitation, please do register, even though we already know you’re coming.


The three closest hotels are:

Sheraton Commander Hotel (closest to the conference)
16 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Main: 617-547-4800
Fax: 617-868-8322
Reservations: 800-535-5007

The Charles Hotel (walking distance)
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Harvard Square Hotel (walking distance)
110 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, 2138

Airbnb is another good option. There are lots of cost effective accommodations available.

Questions? E-mail Bruce Schneier.