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Sander Ebbers – PhD-researcher Cybersafety Research Group

Sander Ebbers, MSc (1989) works as a PhD-candidate at the Cybersafety Research Group. He graduated in Industrial & Organizational Psychology at the University of Groningen.

After graduating, he started working as a consultant at Insite Security (NB: As of 1 July Insite Security has changed its name to Qbit). On behalf of a wide range of organizations, Sander conducts Security Awareness and Privacy Awareness programs. The goal of these programs is to increase risk awareness so that employees recognize cyber risks and know what to do under such circumstances. The Security Awareness Program consists of giving workshops and training, conducting behavioral tests (i.e. phishing tests and mystery guests) and measuring the impact of these components.

Within the research group, Sander will investigate how to make employees more cyber resilient, from a psychology-perspective. His research is aimed to perform interventions that will lead employees to go from ‘insecure customary practices’ to ‘secure customary practices’.

Sander will also continue working at Qbit. This public-private partnership ensures mutual benefits for science as well as practice. The research is partially funded by the Knowledge & Innovation Subsidy (KEI) approved by Samenwerkingsverband Noord-Nederland (SNN).