Bruno Teboul, cognitive science researcher, on a mission for Mailinblack to create the next generation of cyber protection

Bruno Teboul, cognitive science researcher, on a mission for Mailinblack to create the next generation of cyber protection

Mailinblack announces the launch of a collaboration with Bruno Teboul, researcher in cognitive sciences, for a 4-month mission. In the continuity of the research carried out by the two parties on the behavior of employees in the face of cyberattacks, this mission will aim to understand the neurological and psychological mechanisms that lead to falling into the trap of cyberattacks.

Bruno Teboul will work closely with Mailinblack’s Product, Artificial Intelligence and Technical teams. Ultimately, this research could allow Mailinblack to further personalize its Cyber ​​Coach cyber attack training tool according to the behaviors specific to each employee.

Cognitive sciences at the heart of his academic career

Bruno Teboul, aged 52, holds a master’s degree in philosophy and a DEA in cognitive sciences from the Ecole polytechnique and the EHESS (double degree). Doctoral student at the Center for Applied Epistemology Research at the Ecole Polytechnique (CREA), he is interested in the phenomenon of “incipient psychosis” and publishes a critical memoir on the approach of traditional psychiatry (whose reference work is the DSM III-R) from the perspective of neuroscience and cognitive psychopathology.

After entering working life, he completed his training in 2004 by obtaining the Executive MBA degree from HEC Paris. In 2012, he will focus his research on consumer neuroscience (criticism of neuromarketing), behavioral economics and in particular the work of Kahneman & Tversky on “behavioral economics” through a doctorate from Paris-Dauphine University (PSL) .

Research giving rise to “cognitive cybersecurity”

In parallel with his academic activities, he pursued his professional career in consulting (Data, IA & Cybersecurity) within large ESNs. In 2020, he joined the startup ALEIA (sovereign AI platform) and began to publish articles on the neurocognitive approach to cybersecurity. His article on “The Cognitive Approach to Social Engineering Cyberattacks” shows how and why cyberattacks are actually “psychological attacks”. He explains: “Social engineering cyberattacks are one of the types of computer attacks that exploit very human psychological flaws and weaknesses in attempting to persuade an individual (a victim) to act as intended, according to a malicious scenario. and efficient at the same time. These computer attacks exploit weaknesses in human interactions and behavioral and cultural constructs that occur in many forms, including “phishing”, “scamming”, “CEO fraud”, “spear phishing” and “sock puppets” on social networks”.

In April 2022, he published a new founding article, “The cognitive turn of cybersecurity: paradigm shift and prolegomena to cognitive cybersecurity”, where he describes the advent of a new discipline: cognitive cybersecurity. It first explains the current limits of a “technocentric” approach to cybersecurity, which is powerless and incapable of coping with the explosion of cyberattacks by social engineering. In a second part, he sets out the error of reasoning and diagnosis at the origin of the proliferation of cyberattacks by social engineering. Then, it formulates the first foundations, in the sense of “prolegomena” to any future cybersecurity. It combines the analysis of certain cognitive biases (known from the literature and hackers), the evaluation of psychological traits such as stress, reduced vigilance, or even excessive cognitive load, states in which victims before a cyberattack. Finally, it presents its “Neurocyber Framework” composed of 8 evaluation criteria which are all factors of psychological vulnerability in the face of cyberattacks by social engineering. This framework conducive to experimentation will take the form of psychological tests through which it could define psychological profiles (“neurocyber psychotypes”) more or less vulnerable to cyberattacks.

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Bruno Teboul, cognitive science researcher, on a mission for Mailinblack to create the next generation of cyber protection


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