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Arun Vishwanath


Technologist, Educator, Author, Speaker

About Me

I research and write about the “people problem” of cyber security.

My focus is on improving individual, organizational, and national resilience to cyber attacks by focusing on the weakest links in cyber security—users.

My interest is in understanding why people fall prey to social engineering attacks and on ways we can harness this understanding to secure cyber space. I also examine how various groups–-criminal syndicates, terrorist networks, hacktivists–-utilize cyber space to commit crime, spread mis-information, recruit operatives, and radicalize others.  

I am an alumnus of the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University and serve on a distinguished expert panel for the NSA’s Science of Security & Privacy directorate. My research has also been featured on CNN, The Washington Post, Wired, USA Today, Politico, and other national and international news outlets.

A comprehensive list of articles can be found here: https://www.arunvishwanath.us and https://www.arunvishwanath.us/cybersecurity/

My Writing Samples

Improving Everyone’s Ability to Work from Home During the Pandemic

All indications are that the pandemic is far from over and many of us will be working remotely for much of the year. But many cannot and here are the reasons why and how we can change that.


What the COVID-19 pandemic teaches us about social engineering

Spear phishing is like a virtual virus endemic to the Internet. There are lessons the world has collectively learnt combating COVID-19 that we can apply to stop spear phishing.


How much cyber hygiene do you need?

No one seems to have enough of it, and everyone needs more of it. But how much of it is enough? Read on to find out.