Security and Human Behavior 2019

General Information

The twelfth 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 Wednesday, June 5 and run two days, finishing end of day on Thursday, June 6. There will be a welcome reception on Tuesday, June 4.

Note WEIS 2019 will be held in Cambridge June 3-4, so you can make a week of it and attend both.


Austin Hall 100 Classroom – North
1515 Massachusetts Ave
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA


Registration is $185 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.

Travel Grants for Students

The National Science Foundation will be funding travel grants to help undergraduate or graduate students from any US university to visit SHB 2018, regardless of their citizenship or visa status. Please contact Bruce Schneier to submit an application for a travel grant.


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.