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  Abertay Cyber Security Hall of Fame

Building a Bridge between 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 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.

Calls for Papers

About Me

human-centred security

Stop Press

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 ReleaseFulbright Website

Emailing Birds (BBC Report)

Email Stress

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 Amberg University (18th December 2017) to deliver a talk: "Mythbusting Common Beliefs about Security Behaviours"
Keynote at ISSA Johannesburg, August 2017

TIFS Editor Meeting in New Orleans, March 2017

USEC 2017 in San Diego (26 February 2017)

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

Marine Corps University

Marcia Gibson

University of Bedfordshire

Oksana Kulyk

TU Darmstadt

Karola Marky

TU Darmstadt

Verena Schochlow

TU Darmstadt

Jackie Archibald

Abertay University

Lynsay Shepherd

Abertay University

Shane Horgan

Edinburgh University

Giampaolo Bella

Università di Catania

Luca Vigano

Kings College London

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

  • Iron and Steel Corporation of South Africa - Development of a Truck Allocation System for the Sishen Iron Ore Mine
  • Iron and Steel Corporation of South Africa - Access Control System for Durnacol Coal Mine
  • System Support: Kentron

Programming Languages

  • PL/1
  • Fortran
  • LISP
  • Smalltalk
  • Java
  • C++
  • PHP
  • Cold Fusion
  • Javascript
  • jQuery
  • SQL
  • Dynamic HTML

Fulbright Scholars 2016/17 © Leo Johnson

Contact Me

Division of Cybersecurity
Abertay University
Bell Street

k.renaud at abertay.ac.uk