Sep 092014

Our next SERENE cybersecurity workshop will be held next month:

Cybersecurity metrics for better decision-making: a Canadian perspective
Tuesday, Oct 21 – Wednesday, Oct 22

We have a number of Canadian and International speakers scheduled. This two-day workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of current measurement efforts in cybersecurity. Their value (but also their limitations) will be discussed, with a particular emphasis on how statistics can empower cybersecurity practitioners and policy-makers. The workshop will provide many networking opportunities to engage both with presenters and other participants, and should be of interest to industry and government decision-makers and practitioners, as well as researchers.

The event is free, but advance registration is required and there are a limited number of seats. For more information, please see the SERENE website.

Sep 092014

I am offering the Computer Security and Usability graduate level class this semester. It is a seminar and project-based class covering a range of usable security topics. The class started yesterday and it is currently completely full.

Jul 172014

Mark your calendars – SOUPS, the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security, will be held at Carleton University July 22-24, 2015! This will be the first time that the event is hosted in Canada and we are very excited to welcome everyone to Ottawa next year.

More details will be posted over the next few months as we sort out the details.

Jul 142014

We’ve just returned from another great SOUPS conference. SOUPS 2014 marked the 10th year for the conference, which was held at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park this year.

Shuja’s master’s work on gesture passwords for mobile devices was presented by Robert in the WAY workshop.

Hala presented a poster on the usability of mobile apps for TOR. We are happy to announce that her poster, “Will this onion make you cry? A usability study of Tor-enabled mobile apps” won a Distinguished Poster Award.

Our 2007 paper, A second look at the usability of click-based graphical passwords, was one of the top ten papers considered for the first SOUPS Impact Award. This new award is given to papers that have had significant impact on usable security and privacy research and practice.

Jun 072014

This week, Hala Assal completed her PhD comprehensive exams. She did so well that her examination committee awarded her a Passed With Distinction. Yaay Hala!

May 252014

We attended the annual Persuasive Technology conference in Padova, Italy.

Leah presented three times during the conference about her visualization for security work. All of our infographics and comics relating to teaching about computer security and privacy are available at

She presented her paper, entitled “Stop clicking on “update later”, which provides an overview of her visualization research teaching users about malware and antivirus protection. She presented a poster of visualizations of privacy issues with mobile devices. This was joint work with Christine Mekhail. She also presented her early plans for her PhD thesis at the doctoral symposium.

May 202014

We were busy at GRAND this year, with several students presenting their work on usable security.

May 142014

Less than one week after the SERENE team officially started working, we had a very successful launch event for SERENE on Tuesday, May 13. SERENE is a new NCE-KM on cybersecurity. Approximately 100 attendees from industry, government, and academia gathered for the day-long event, sharing their perspective on the most pressing cybersecurity issues and beginning dialogue on how we can collaborate to address them.

May 102014

Several members of the lab attended CHI in Toronto this year. It was a super busy and interesting week, as CHI always is, and a great time to catch up with all of the HCI folks.

Sana was selected to present a poster on part of her Masters thesis as part of the Student Research Competition.

Apr 252014

Shuja Shahzada also successfully defended his Masters thesis today.
Congratulations Shuja!