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About the project

The main goal of the "Cybersecurity in finance" project is to increase knowledge and awareness of cybersecurity in finance among Metropolis GZM economics students. The intended results will be achieved through close cooperation with Prof. Vladlena Benson, a renowned cybersecurity and artificial intelligence expert.

This project is relevant for several reasons:

  • 42% of respondents say they have once experienced an attempted financial crime, and it was successful in the case of 7% of respondents (data from SW Research's "Cyberdojrzali" commissioned by Bank Pocztowy);
  • the unlimited number of transactions made each day and the constant circulation of vast amounts of cash make the financial services sector an extremely tempting target for any cybercriminals;
  • cybersecurity is currently a top priority for many financial institutions, especially banks. Today, it is a more significant concern for banks than credit risk (report by E&Y and the Institute of International Finance).

Consequently, economics/finance students should be aware of cyber threats in the financial area and know how to prevent their effects.

The second goal is to increase the scientific research level of our University academic staff in research workshop refinement and scientific work internationalization (opportunities to establish scientific and research cooperation). Prof. Vladlena Benson's scheduled activities will achieve this goal for multiple vital aspects of conducting scientific work. Professor Benson will conduct workshops and provide consultations supporting cooperation with our University faculty members carrying out research projects (mentoring support).

The project is coordinated by dr hab. Bożena Frączek, prof. UE.  It is part of the cluster project "Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity in Finance" carried out by Prof. Frączek who is implementing the project with the support of Internationalization.

The project has been co-financed by the Metropolis GZM within the framework of the "Metropolitan Science and Education Support Fund" program for the years 2022-2024 in the amount of PLN 35,046.00.

Project implementation period: March – November 2024.

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Scientist’s profile

Prof. Vladlena Benson is a renowned expert in cybersecurity, modern technology and artificial intelligence, a fellow of Aston University.

Functions held in the academic community include being Head of the IS (Information Systems) group at Aston Business School; Director of the Cyber Security Innovation Research Center at Aston University. Numerous projects she has led and been invited to partner in (Erasmus, Horizon, Digital Europe in Cyber, IoT and AI, and many others) best confirm the importance of her scientific achievements and their recognition in the international community.

Numerous publications, exclusively in top-ranked journals, in the disciplines of Management and Quality sciences, computer science, and many others.

Cyber security-related awards:

  • Celebrate Enterprise 2017 Award, Social Enterpreneur of the Year – awarded by Kingston University, which is at the forefront of entrepreneurship and remains the leading institution for start-ups' graduates in the UK.
  • SC Media Europe 2018 Awards finalist – best professional cybersecurity training, category: Cybersecurity and Criminology Centre, University of West London, doctoral program.
  • Women in IT 2017, Editor's Choice Award – awarded by Information Age in partnership with Amazon Web Services, which aims to address gender imbalance in the technology industry by identifying new female role models and promoting a collective dialogue on diversity among key industry stakeholders. The Women in IT Awards is the world's leading technology diversity event.

Positions and functions held in the field: Vice-President of ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association).




            Type of activity



4:00 - 5:00 p.m.            

Project meeting devoted to analysis of data collected for research work, among other things

Project team


2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Editorial work on the paper

Project team


2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Mentoring in the ongoing research project, "Cybersecurity in finance", conducted by the team from the Department of Banking and Financial Markets

Project team


2:30 - 3:30 p.m.   

Meeting with Internationalization

Office staff


3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Consultations with the Dean of the Faculty of Finance and Committee staff

Representatives of the Faculty of Finance


2:00 - 3:30 p.m.  

Workshops for young scientists

Young scientists at our University


08:00 - 09:30 a.m.

09:50 - 11:30 a.m.

Auditorium A, building A  

Public lecture on cybersecurity in finance

The academic community of our University and Academy of Silesia in Katowice 

Registration form

Survey questionnaire


11:30 - 1:00 p.m.

Further analysis of the collected data and discussion on joint research and further cooperation

Project team

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