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Department of Management

 Nirosha Holton

Nirosha Holton

Lecturer in Management & Leadership




I am a Lecturer at Business School at the University of Exeter.  I have been working in the academia since 2015 as a full-time lecturer, specialising in Cyber Security and as a Programme Manager for  both FdSc Computing and BSc (Hons) Digital Technology Solutions (DTS) apprenticeship degree programmes (Software, Networking and Cyber Security pathways). 

Prior to joining academia, I had gained over 20-years of industry experience, working in corporate management in both national and international contexts.   

I am currently undertaking a part-time PhD focused upon ‘Motivating Cyber Security Engagement and Compliance’, registered with the University of Plymouth. 

Nationality: British


  • BSc (Hons) Computer and Information Security
  • PGCE 


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Research interests

  • Cyber security awareness, engagement and compliance through motivation 
  • Cyber security curriculum and early introduction to digital technologies and cyber skills (AI) 

I am interested in understanding and exploring how humans could adopt better cyber security behaviors using motivational factors (e.g. gamification, rewards and nudges).  I am also interested in researching how cyber security education and awareness can be improved to bridge the current skills gap.   

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Journal articles

Holton N, Furnell S (2020). Assessing the provision of public-facing cybersecurity guidance for end-users. 2020 IEEE 6th International Conference on Collaboration and Internet Computing (CIC), 1, 161-168.

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External Engagement and Impact

External positions

  • Intel Corporation - Member of the Advisory Board for Artificial Intelligence for Youth (AI4Y) programme in UK. 
  • EC Council- Qualified trainer for the Certified Secure Computer User (CSCU). 

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Cyber security has become a necessity for every digital user at present and I teach both technical developers and engineers how to adopt “security by design” approach throughout the development cycle and the general community on how to become secure digital users.   

Computing and Cyber security modules taught: 

Introduction to Computer Security, Secure Systems Architectures and Mechanisms, Certified Secure Computer User (CSCU), Object Oriented Programming, Database Analysis, Design and Development 

Business modules taught: 

Project management, Business Organisation, Work based learning modules (Integrated Project, IT in the Business, Operational IT) 



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