Necessity for ethics in social engineering research

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dc.contributor.author Mouton, Francois
dc.contributor.author Malan, Mercia M.
dc.contributor.author Kimppa, Kai K.
dc.contributor.author Venter, Hein S.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-05T07:22:44Z
dc.date.issued 2015-11
dc.description.abstract Social engineering is deeply entrenched in the fields of both computer science and social psychology. Knowledge is required in both these disciplines to perform social engineering based research. Several ethical concerns and requirements need to be taken into account when social engineering research is conducted to ensure that harm does not befall those who participate in such research. These concerns and requirements have not yet been formalised and most researchers are unaware of the ethical concerns involved in social engineering research. This paper identifies a number of concerns regarding social engineering in public communication, penetration testing and social engineering research. It also discusses the identified concerns with regard to three different normative ethics approaches (virtue ethics, utilitarianism and deontology) and provides their corresponding ethical perspectives as well as practical examples of where these formalised ethical concerns for social engineering research can be beneficial. en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2016-11-30
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.elsevier.com/locate/COSE en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Mouton, F, Malan, MM, Kimppa, KK & Venter, HS 2015, 'Necessity for ethics in social engineering research', Computers and Security, vol. 55, pp. 114-127. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0167-4048 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1872-6208 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1016/j.cose.2015.09.001
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/50364
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Elsevier en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Notice : this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Computers and Security. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Computers and Security, vol. 55, pp.114-127, 2015. doi : 10.1016/j.cose.2015.09.001. en_ZA
dc.subject Consequentialism en_ZA
dc.subject Deontology en_ZA
dc.subject Ethical concerns en_ZA
dc.subject Ethics en_ZA
dc.subject Penetration testing en_ZA
dc.subject Public communication en_ZA
dc.subject Social engineering en_ZA
dc.subject Social engineering research en_ZA
dc.subject Utilitarianism en_ZA
dc.subject Virtue ethics en_ZA
dc.title Necessity for ethics in social engineering research en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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