Dr Kovila Coopamootoo
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Kovila is a Newcastle University Research Fellow (US equivalent of Assistant Professor) in Usable Privacy and Security - Evidence-Based Methods at the Secure & Resilient Systems (SRS) Group at Newcastle University.
Prior to that she was a Lecturer in Cyber Security at the University of Derby (Sep 2016-Apr 2017) where she led and taught MSc modules (the Cyber Security Research Practice module, mainly targeting research methods for cyber security and the Enterprise Security Management module) and the Cyber Security Undergraduate module.
Before that she was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the SRS Group, Newcastle University (Jun 2013 - Aug 2016), employed on the EPSRC Hyper-DoVe project (investigating privacy for vulnerable groups such as domestic violence survivors) and the European projects FutureID and PrismaCloud research projects (investigating usable privacy and security via mental models, cognition, emotion together with developing empirical methodology).
Kovila researched for her PhD at Cranfield University, UK, with the thesis Effective Online Privacy Mechanisms with Persuasive Communication, via a scholarship through the UK EPSRC Visualisation of Other Methods of Expression (VOME) project & Cranfield University. She completed her MSc in Information Security at Royal Holloway, University of London with Distinction (part funded by the Royal Holloway International Excellence Scholarship) and her B.Eng (Hons) Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Mauritius, with First Class Honours.
Kovila's research interests are in:
1. Usable Security and Privacy
Most of her research involves designing and running lab and online studies to investigate user privacy and security, in particular understanding attitude and drivers of behaviour (including emotional states, efficacy, fatigue, stress and cognitive effort). This line of research targets supporting and empowering users towards privacy and optimum security. She is also interested in engineering privacy by design.
Latest published article: Why Privacy is all But Forgotten - An Empirical Study of Privacy & Sharing Attitude (at Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium 2017).
Latest accepted articles:
WIP: Fearful Users' Privacy Intentions (to appear at Socio-Technical Aspects of Security & Trust 2017)
An Empirical Investigation of Security Fatigue - The Case of Password Choice after Solving a CAPTCHA (under publication Learning from Authoritative Security Experiments Results - LASER 2017).
2. Science of Security - Evidence-Based Methods for Security and Privacy
She investigates the use of scientific methodology for cyber-security and privacy and in producing clear guidelines and tools for evaluating research quality. She has conducted a systematic literature review of evidence-based methods for cyber-security while Co-Investigating on a Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security (RISCS) project.
Relevant publication at IFIP Privacy and Identity 2016 (a primer for designing rigorous experiments).
Academic Service in 2017: Reviewer for LASER, SOUPS, PST, USEC; lead organiser for the Workshop on Evidence-Based Methods at the IFIP SummerSchool on Privacy & Identity Management.
- Co-I on EPSRC project FinTrust (2018-2021) EP/R033595/1 £1M
- PI on Large Scale Representative Sample for Human Factors of Cyber Security (2017-2018) £13K
- Co-I on RISCS grant for Evidence-Based Research (2016-2017) £42K
- Co-I on ACE-CSR grant for capability building (Psycho-Physiological LAB for Cyber-Security 2015-2016) £77K
- Co-I on International Research Collaboration Award (2014-2015) £8.9K
- Co-I on ACE-CSR PhD Studentship (2013) £110K
- Coopamootoo KPL, Gross T. Cyber Security and Privacy Experiments: A Design & Reporting Toolkit. In: Privacy and Identity Management. The Smart Revolution (12th IFIP). 2017, Ispra, Italy: Springer.
- Coopamootoo KPL. WIP: Fearful Users' Privacy Intentions - An Empirical Investigation. In: 7th Workshop in Socio-Technical Aspects in Security and Trust. 2017, Orlando, FL, USA: ACM.
- Coopamootoo K, Gross T. A Codebook for Evidence-Based Research: The Nifty Nine Completeness Indicators v1.1. Newcastle upon Tyne: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2017. School of Computing Technical Report Series 1514.
- Coopamootoo K. Fear and Anger in Cyber Security, Privacy and Trust. Newcastle upon Tyne: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2017. School of Computing Science Technical Report Series 1512.
- Coopamootoo KPL, Gross T. A Codebook for Extracting Privacy & Sharing Attitude. Newcastle upon Tyne: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2017. School of Computing Technical Report Series 1518.
- Coopamootoo KPL, Gross T. Why Privacy is All But Forgotten - An Empirical Study of Privacy and Sharing Attitude. Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PoPETs) 2017, 2017(4), 39-60.
- Coopamootoo KPL, Gross T, Pratama MFR. An Empirical Investigation of Security Fatigue - The Case of Password Choice after Solving a CAPTCHA. In: Learning from Authoritative Security Experiments Results (LASER). 2017, Arlington, VA, USA.
- Coopamootoo KPL, Gross T. Evidence-based methods for privacy and identity management. In: 11th IFIP International Summer School. 2016, Karlstad, Sweden: Springer New York LLC.
- Nwadike U, Gross T, Coopamootoo KPL. Evaluating users’ affect states: Towards a study on privacy concerns. In: 11th IFIP International Summer School. 2016, Karlstad, Sweden: Springer New York LLC.
- Gross T, Coopamootoo KPL, Al-Jabri A. Effect of Cognitive Depletion on Password Choice. In: Learning from Authoritative Security Experiment Results Workshop (LASER). 2016, San Jose, CA, USA: IEEE.
- Gross T, Coopamootoo K, Al-Jabri A. Effect of Cognitive Depletion on Password Choice. Newcastle upon Tyne: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2016. School of Computing Science Technical Report Series 1496.
- Gross T, Coopamootoo K, Al-Jabri A. Why Johnny Cannot Remember His Password -- An Empirical Investigation. Newcastle upon Tyne: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2017. School Of Computing Science Technical Report Series 1509.
- Coopamootoo KPL, Gross T. Cognitive effort in privacy decision-making vs. 3x4: evaluation of a pilot experiment design. In: WIP at Learning from Authoritative Security Experiment Results (LASER). 2014, Arlington, Virginia, USA: LASER.
- Coopamootoo KPL, Gross T. Mental Models for Usable Privacy: A Position Paper. In: Human Aspects of Information Security, Privacy, and Trust at HCI International. 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece: HCI International.
- Coopamootoo KPL, Gross T. Mental models of online privacy: Structural properties with cognitive maps. In: 28th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference: Sand, Sea and Sky - Holiday HCI, HCI 2014. 2014, Southport, UK: BCS Learning and Development Ltd.
- Coopamootoo KPL, Gross T. Mental models: an approach to identify privacy concern and behaviour. In: Workshop on Privacy Personas and Segmentation (PPS) at SOUPS. 2014, Menlo Park, CA: SOUPS.
- Coopamootoo KPL, Gross T. Poster: Preliminary Investigation of Cognitive Effort in PrivacyDecision-Making: Sharing Personal Information vs. 3X4. In: Symposium in Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS). 2014, Menlo Park, CA, USA.
- Arief B, Coopamootoo KPL, Emms M, van Moorsel A. Sensible Privacy: How We Can Protect Domestic Violence Survivors Without Facilitating Misuse. In: Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society (WPES'14). 2014, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.
- Coopamootoo PL, Ashenden D. Designing Usable Online Privacy Mechanisms: What Can We Learn from Real World Behaviour?. Privacy and Identity Management for Life IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology 2011, 352, 311-324.
- Coopamootoo PL, Ashenden D. A systematic evaluation of the communicability of online privacy mechanisms with respect to communication privacy management. In: HCII. 2011, Springer Link.