Prof.dr. P.H. (Pieter) Hartel



He is the coordinator of the 4TU Cyber Security Master Specialisation where he teaches a course Cyber crime science with Prof Marianne Junger from the University of Twente and the Capstone courses on SocialBusiness, and Entrepreneurial skills in cyber security with Dr Victor Scholten from TU Delft.


Prof Dr Pieter Hartel is head of the Cyber Security research group of the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science at Delft University of Technology. He also holds part time professorial positions at the  University of Twente and at  Singapore University of Technology and Design. He has 25 years of research and teaching experience in Cyber Security in the Netherlands, the UK, the US, Malaysia, and Singapore. He has been thesis advisor of 21 PhD students.

Recent key publications

  • Barth, S., Hartel, P., Junger, M. & Montoya, L. (2019) Teaching Empirical Social-Science Research to Cybersecurity Students: The Case of "Thinking Like a Thief", IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine, 17(3):8-16, DOI: 10.1109/MSEC.2018.2888781
  • Barth, S., de Jong, M. D. T., Junger, M., Hartel, P. H. & Roppelt, J. C. (2019) Putting the privacy paradox to the test: Online privacy and security behaviors among users with technical knowledge, privacy awareness, and financial resources, Telematics and Informatics. 41:55-69 DOI: 10.1016/j.tele.2019.03.003

  • Distinguished Paper Award Lastdrager, E. and Carvajal Gallardo, I. and Hartel, P.H. and Junger, M. (2017) How Effective is Anti-Phishing Training for Children?  In: 13th Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS), 12–14 July 2017, pp. 229-240, USENIX. 
  • Bortolameotti, R. and Peter, A. and Everts, M. H. and Jonker, W.  and Hartel, P. H. (2016) Reliably determining data leakage in the presence of strong attackers In: 32nd Annual Conference on Computer Security Applications (ACSAC), 5-8 Dec 2016, pp. 484-495, ACM. DOI:10.1145/2991079.2991095
  • Bullee, J.H. and Montoya Morales, A.L. and Pieters, W. and Junger, M. and Hartel, P.H. (2015) The persuasion and security awareness experiment: reducing the success of social engineering attacks. J. of Experimental Criminology, 11 (1). pp. 97-115. DOI:10.1007/s11292-014-9222-7


His research interests include the human factor in cyber security, cyber crime, crypto markets, and block chain technology. He was the principal investigator of the recently completed 13.5M Euro EU  TREsPASS project on socio technical cyber security risk management.

Editorial board member of Crime Science - a SpringerOpen journal
Publications:   Google Scholar  (h-factor 41)
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2018 - Cyber Crime Science
2017 - Capstone Cyber Security
2017 - Capstone Cyber Security
2019 - Cyber Crime Science
2018 - Capstone Cyber Security