Gentle Interventions For Security (GIFS) is a project that is exploring alternative ways to improve people’s security behaviour.  People frequently put off, ignore, or forget to update their cyber security settings, such as installing software updates or locking their computer screens.  Often this is because they are distracted, too busy, or simply don’t think that such actions are important.  GIFS is attempting to establish novel, creative solutions to encourage (or “nudge”) people to behave more securely and thereby reduce our vulnerability to cyber security threats at home and at work.

We are exploring potential “nudge interventions” with the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express, a small microcontroller that can be configured to display a variety of light patterns, sounds, and vibrations, as well as detecting movement and temperature changes in the surrounding environment.