Dr. S.E. (Simon) Parkin


Simon is an Assistant Professor in the TPM Cybersecurity group, specialising in human-centred security - usability and perceptions of security-related technologies, security behaviour change, security economics, and decision-making in security management. Before joining TU Delft, Simon was a Senior Research Fellow at UCL, 2012-2020. Simon completed his PhD at Newcastle University in 2007, and was a Research Associate through to 2011 and member of the Innovation Team at HP ESS until mid-2012.


Simon’s current research examines how stakeholders in security and privacy can identify and limit unintended harms to users in technology, support, and policy decision-making (eCrime 2019, STAST 2020). Research also continues into the use of both security and behavioural economics to address gaps in user support within organisational settings (STAST 2019), and usability challenges of shared consumer IoT environments (NSPW 2019). Simon represents TU Delft in the LDE Cyber Security consortium.

  • Parkin, Simon, Aad Van Moorsel, Philip Inglesant, and M. Angela Sasse. "A stealth approach to usable security: helping IT security managers to identify workable security solutions." New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW 2010), 2010.
  • Kirlappos, Iacovos, Simon Parkin, and M. Angela Sasse. "Learning from “Shadow Security”: Why understanding non-compliant behaviors provides the basis for effective security." Usable Security Workshop (USEC 2014), 2014.
  • Krol, Kat, Jonathan M. Spring, Simon Parkin, and M. Angela Sasse. "Towards robust experimental design for user studies in security and privacy." Learning from Authoritative Security Experiment Results (LASER 2016), 2016.
  • Parkin, Simon, Trupti Patel, Isabel Lopez-Neira, and Leonie Tanczer. "Usability analysis of shared device ecosystem security: informing support for survivors of IoT-facilitated tech-abuse." New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW 2019), 2019.
  • Demjaha, Albesë, Simon Parkin, and David Pym. "You’ve left me no choices: Security economics to inform behaviour intervention support in organizations." International Workshop on Socio-Technical Aspects in Security (STAST 2019). 2019. [Awarded Best Paper]
  • Chua, Yi Ting, Simon Parkin, Matthew Edwards, Daniela Oliveira, Stefan Schiffner, Gareth Tyson, and Alice Hutchings. "Identifying unintended harms of cybersecurity countermeasures." APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research (eCrime 2019), 2019. [Awarded Best Paper]

Simon Parkin

Assistant Professor

Multi-Actor Systems

Organisation & Governance

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