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Analysis of gamification application for optimization of information security management processes

Open application for a doctoral candidate in Informatics Engineering
The doctoral candidate position is available in the Faculty of Fundamental Sciences Department of Information Systems. Applicants interested in other research topics related to information security and cybersecurity are also welcome to apply.

Research topic description
Assurance of information security management processes is a critical task for a modern company. Still, the effectiveness of processes is highly dependent on staff consciousness and involvement. Taking into consideration, that many security requirements and processes limit self-expression, they often face negative staff attitudes, especially from the side of younger generation employees. One of the possible solutions for the problem is seen in greater employee involvement by introducing gamification elements and technologies into such information security management processes as incident management, security awareness training, security testing and others, thus giving additional motivation and reflecting the expectations of the younger employee expectations.
The main tasks to be solved in this research are the following:
1. Analysis of gamification methods and their current applications in the problem area;
2. Identification of information security management areas and processes, where the gamification approach could bring the best result;
3. Preparation of the gamification concept for the chosen information security process.
4. Experimental implementation of the concept in a company and evaluation of the result.
It is expected, that the main outcome of the research would be the proposed information security process gamification concept. It is also expected, that universal tools, that could be used in the gamification of different processes and could be integrated into the company‘s information security management systems (ISMS) will be developed and evaluated.

The selected candidate will work on the PhD thesis under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Dr Nikolaj Goranin The successful applicant will have to attend scientific conferences, meetings and internships at other universities. s.

• Required background: Master in Informatics Engineering, Informatics, Computer Science, and Mathematics. Average grade, not less than 8.5. At least one scientific publication in the reviewed scientific journal.
• Expected skills and knowledge: Information security management principles, programming, and basics of gamification principles.

It is a prerequisite for being present at and accessible to the institution daily.

For more information
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview. The position may not be opened if no qualified candidate is found. Additional information regarding the post may be obtained from Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nikolaj Goranin, e-mail:

Programme structure

The PhD programme consists of:
· Independent research under supervision;
· Courses for PhD students (approximately 30 ECTS credits);
· Participation in research networks, including placements at other, primarily foreign, research institutions;
· Teaching or another form of knowledge dissemination, which is related to the PhD topic when possible;
· The completion of a PhD thesis.

Apply now! Fall semester 2023/24
Application period has ended
Studies commence
1 Nov 2023

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2023/24
Application period has ended
Studies commence
1 Nov 2023

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States