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About Me

  • Usable Security & Privacy Lead, School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
  • Fulbright Cyber Security Scholar 2016/17
  • Co-Chair USEC 2017
  • Associate Editor: IJHCS, JISA, IEEE Transactions on Comp Fraud & Sec. Co-Editor with Stephen Flowerday, Special Issue on Human-Centred Security (JISA), Co-Editor of JISA Special Issue on Electronic Voting
  • Columnist: Computer Fraud & Security
  • Open Technology Fund Reviewer
  • Member of The RSA
  • Commonwealth Alumni Mentor
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Secondment Awardee
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities PhD Scholarship Awardee
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (RSA) Undergraduate Scholarship Awardee

Bridging Humans and Cyber Security

My research focuses on human-centred security, a branch of Human Computer Interaction (HCI). I am interested in the interplay between users and security in the context of societal and industrial use. I want to work towards creating a natural easy yet secure interaction between humans and devices. My work has a strong development, experimental and deployment focus, testing solutions in practical situations. I have come up with a number of novel solutions to improve usability in a wide range of situations. I have also done fundamental work in understanding people's mental models of security in a variety of applications and contexts.

I lead the Security Science Cluster and coordinate the Human-Centred Security Research Group I have a wide range of other interests, including electronic voting, accessible technology, mobile phone design for elderly users, knowledge visualisation and the use of email in organisations.



human-centred security
human-centred security

Stop Press

Working with Merrill Warkentin, MSU

Visiting Starkville, MS

BJET Paper: The Role of Knowledge Visualisation in Supporting Postgraduate Dissertation Assessment

Regulating Children's Access to Adult Content

Fulbright Scholars 2016/17
University Press Release

Emailing Birds (BBC Report)

Email Stress

Torpedo Website

Research Areas

  • Usable Security
  • Electronic Voting (Handivote)
  • Mental Models
  • Access Control for Children
  • Mobile Phone Usage by the Elderly
  • Security Management
  • Knowledge Visualization
  • Visual Authentication
  • Security Awareness

Recent Activities

Visited Isabella Venter and Renette Blignaut UWC, September 2014

Visited Judy van Biljon UNISA, February 2014

Visited Rossouw von Solms and Johan van Niekerk NMMU, March 2014

My Collaborators

Melanie Volkamer

T U Darmstadt
Karlstad University

Judy van Biljon

University of South Africa

Merrill Warkentin

Mississippi State University

Andreas Gutmann


Andreas Aßmuth

Amberg and Weiden University

Stephen Flowerday

Fort Hare University

Isabella Venter


Renette Blignaut


Paul Gerber

TU Darmstadt

Paul Cockshott

University of Glasgow

Brandon Valeriano

Cardiff University

Marcia Gibson

University of Bedfordshire

Simson Garfinkel


Joseph Maguire

University of Glasgow

Verena Schochlow

TU Darmstadt

Rosanne English

University of Glasgow

Shane Horgan

Edinburgh University

Rayne Reid

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

School Roles

  • Coordinator Human-Centred Security Research Group
  • 2010-2015: School Learning and Teaching Committee Convenor
  • 2010-2015: College Learning and Teaching Committee
  • 2010-2015: Member of Computing Science Management Group
  • 2010-2014: Academic Standards Committee
  • 2008-2010: Research Student Committee
  • 2008; 2015-: College Ethics Committee
  • 2010-: Advisor of Studies
  • 2013-: Senate Appeals Committee
  • 2002-2007: Level 3 Year Head
  • 2003-2004: Level 4 Year Head
  • Level 3 Project Coordinator
  • 2012/13: BCS Accreditation Coordinator
  • 2013/14: Institutional Review Coordinator
  • 2014: Cyber Security Centre of Excellence Application Coordinator
  • 2015: Athena Committee Member

Industrial Experience

Contact Me

School of Computing Science,
University of Glasgow
18 Lilybank Gardens
G12 8RZ

+44 (0) 141 330 2052

karen.renaud at glasgow.ac.uk