USEC 2021

Workshop on Usable Security and Privacy (USEC)
A virtual event!
Auckland, New Zealand | Friday May 7 2021 (GMT Thursday May 6)


The Workshop on Usable Security (USEC) serves as an Asian forum for research and discussion in the area of human factors in security and privacy.

It is the aim of USEC to contribute to an increase of the scientific quality of research in human factors in security and privacy. To this end, we encourage replication studies to validate previous research findings. Papers in these categories should be clearly marked as such and will not be judged against regular submissions on novelty. Rather, they will be judged based on scientific quality and value to the community. We also encourage reports of faded experiments, since their publication will serve to highlight the lessons learned and prevent others falling into the same traps.


We invite submissions from academia, government, and industry presenting novel research on all aspects of information security and privacy including, but not limited to, the following area;

  • innovative security or privacy functionality and design
  • new applications of existing models or technology
  • field studies of security or privacy technology
  • usability evaluations of new or existing security or privacy features
  • security testing of new or existing usability features
  • longitudinal studies of deployed security or privacy features
  • studies of administrators or developers and support for security and privacy
  • psychological, sociological, and economic aspects of security and privacy
  • the impact of organizational policy or procurement decisions
  • methodologies for usable security and privacy research
  • lessons learned from the deployment and use of usable privacy and security features
  • reports of replicating previously published studies and experiments
  • reports of failed usable privacy/security studies or experiments, with the focus on the lessons learned from such experience

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: Monday, 1 Feb 2021 (Anywhere on Earth)
Notification: Sunday, 28 Feb 2021
Camera ready: Friday, 12 March 2021


General Chairs

Alana Maurushat, Western Sydney University
Julian Jang-Jaccard, Massey University