Dr Patrick Scolyer-Gray

Dr Patrick Scolyer-Gray

Champion, Human Centric Cybersecurity





Patrick delivers a range of cybersecurity projects with 460degrees and provides thought leadership and advice to our team. He draws on behavioural and physical sciences to deliver holistic, comprehensive cyber solutions to our clients.

As a cyber-sociologist, Patrick investigates what, how and why people think and do what they do, identifies the security implications of our behaviour and ways of thinking, and then works to develop solutions to any vulnerabilities or weaknesses he finds. In his role he strives to deliver robust security architecture that outperforms the conventional techno-centric cyber solutions that currently dominate the market.

Patrick gained his PhD in Sociology in 2019, shortly after he had been offered and accepted a lecturing position at the Optus La Trobe Cybersecurity Research Hub. As a lecturer and as a research fellow at Deakin University, he refined his formidable skills, knowledge and experience across a broad range of fields in cybersecurity. His frequent interactions with industry, government – particularly the Department of Defence – imparted an irrepressible desire to engage with the cyber security issues he encountered directly.

Patrick takes particular satisfaction in eliciting previously obscured elements of the problems faced by his clients, then taking a collaborative approach to finding solutions. He sees his best results when these solutions become even more effective and increase in scale over time – and are eventually integrated into an organisation’s culture.

When he isn’t working, Patrick prefers to spend as much of his time with his wife and children as he can. When the day is through and time permitting, Patrick enjoys playing video games just as much now as he did when he was a child.

Insights from Dr Patrick Scolyer-Gray

Strengthening organisational capacity to withstand AI-Powered Cyber Threats

Strengthening organisational capacity to withstand AI-Powered Cyber Threats

Setting aside the hype and hysteria, watch our panellists as they interrogate AI’s implications for cyber threats and cybersecurity, focusing on providing practical strategies and tactics suitable for building cyber resilience.

Dr Patrick Scolyer-Gray | Aug 15th, 2023
Mastering Risk Management Episode #63 - Dr Patrick Scolyer-Gray

Mastering Risk Management Episode #63

When human error accounts for up to 95% of data breaches, technology clearly isn’t the problem. We are. In this […]

Dr Patrick Scolyer-Gray | May 31st, 2023

Deep Dive on Cybersecurity

Human-Centric Cybersecurity Champion, Dr Patrick Scolyer-Gray, shares his knowledge and experience on all aspects of cybersecurity.

Dr Patrick Scolyer-Gray | Feb 11th, 2022

The Ransomware crisis: It’s Time to Retake Control

The discussion so far has dovetailed into an argument for how techno-centric and HCCS can (and do) work together to resist and repel cybercrime, and although it is great to have a strategy for what we need to do, we need to remain cognisant of the sobering reality of our predicament: The ransomware crisis is far beyond the scope and capabilities of any single company or organisation.

Dr Patrick Scolyer-Gray | Sep 29th, 2021

Techno-Centric Cybersecurity and HCCS: Can’t we all just be friends?

In my last article, I made the argument that Human Centric Cybersecurity (HCCS) and conventional technical elements of cybersecurity need to work together as a unified front when combating ransomware. So, how does that work in practice when applied to combating ransomware?

Dr Patrick Scolyer-Gray | Sep 17th, 2021

Ransomware: what technologists don’t want to hear

Having recently covered the basics on ransomware and why it’s a clear and present danger, it’s time to look at the limitations of what has been the traditional approach used to try and resolve these issues.

Dr Patrick Scolyer-Gray | Sep 3rd, 2021

Australia’s Ransomware Crisis

Cybercrime has long been the stuff of the Internet’s collective cultural imagination; a well-worn stereotype of the hooded figure hunched over a keyboard. It might sound dramatic but make no mistake; ransomware attacks have grown in scale and frequency to a point where they now threaten the safety and wellbeing of all Australians.

Dr Patrick Scolyer-Gray | Aug 20th, 2021

The Egg Story: the delicate connection between you & your security technology

Your organisation’s sensitive information is like the inside of an egg. To ensure their security against cyber attacks, most organisations today add layers of protection, constantly updating and investing in different methods to improve the protective properties of their ‘eggshell’. do you know how safe your egg is?

Dr Patrick Scolyer-Gray | Feb 4th, 2021