Professor Karen Renaud

Professor in Cyber Security

School School of Design and Informatics

Department Division of Cyber Security

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+44 (0)1382 30 8236


I am a Computing Scientist working on all aspects of Human-Centred Security and Privacy. I was educated at the Universities of Pretoria, South Africa and Glasgow. I am particularly interested in deploying behavioural science techniques to improve security behaviours, and in encouraging end-user privacy-preserving behaviours. 

In 2016/17 I was one of five UK Cyber Security Fulbright Awardees and spent 7 months working with Prof Merrill Warkentin at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi.I joined the Division of Cybersecurity at the University of Abertay in October 2017.

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I teach two courses called Engineering Resilient Systems with Adam Sampson and Xavier Bellekens, one at Honours level and one at Masters level. These courses bring together concepts of human-centred security, machine learning and secure software engineering.


My research area is Human-Centred Security. Basically I want to improve the boundary where humans and cyber security meet.

Latest publications: 

Karen Renaud, Bob Otondo, Merrill Warkentin. "This is the way ‘I’ create my passwords" ... does the endowment effect deter people from changing the way they create their passwords? Computers & Security Volume 82, May 2019, Pages 241-260

Yee-Yin Choong, Mary Theofanos, Karen Renaud, Suzanne Prior. Case Study – Exploring Children’s Password Knowledge and Practices. USEC 2019. 24 February. San Diego

Nora Alkaldi and Renaud, Karen, Encouraging Password Manager Adoption by Meeting Adopter Self-Determination Needs (Extended Version) (October 2, 2018).   Available at SSRN:

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