My research focuses on understanding how users make security decisions and developing security education interventions for at-risk users.

Generously awarded a NSF GRFP, NDSEG and Facebook Fellowship.

Want a brief sample of my work, and the work of others in this area?
Check out my recent essay in Scientific American: Why Installing Software Updates Makes Us WannaCry


  1. Redmiles, E.M., Chachra, N., Waismeyer, B. Examining the Demand for Spam: Who Clicks? Paper. ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). 2018.
  2. Votipka, D., Stevens, R., Redmiles, E.M., Hu, J., Mazurek, M.L. Hackers vs. Testers: A Comparison of Software Vulnerability Discovery Processes. Paper. IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland). 2018.
  3. Booth, K. M., Dosono, B., Redmiles, E.M., Morales, M., Depew, M., Farzan, R., Herman, E., Trahan, K., and Tananis, C. Diversifying the Next Generation of Information Scientists: Six Years of Implementation and Outcomes for a Year-Long REU Program. Paper. (iConference). 2018. Acceptance Rate: 30%.
  4. Plane, A., Redmiles, E.M., Mazurek, M.L., and Tschantz, M. Exploring User Perceptions of Discrimination in Online Targeted Advertising. Paper. USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX). 2017. Acceptance Rate: 16%
  5. Redmiles, E.M., Liu, E., and Mazurek, M. L. You Want Me To Do What? A Design Study of Two-Factor Authentication Messages. Paper. USENIX Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security Who Are You?! Adventures in Authentication Workshop (SOUPS WAY). 2017.
  6. Stransky, C., Acar, Y., Nguyen, D.C., Wermke, D., Redmiles, E.M., Kim, D., Garfinkel, S., Backes, M., Mazurek, M. L., and Fahl, S. Lessons Learned from Using an Online Platform to Conduct Large-Scale, Online Controlled Security Experiments with Software Developers. Paper. USENIX Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test (CSET). 2017.
  7. Redmiles, E.M., Kross, S., and Mazurek, M.L. Where is the Digital Divide? A Survey of Security, Privacy, and Socioeconomics. Paper (Note). ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). 2017. Acceptance Rate: 25%
  8. Redmiles, E.M.*, Grace, E.*, Rai, A.*, and Ghani, R. Detecting Fraud, Corruption, and Collusion in International Development Contracts. Paper. IEEE Conference on Big Data (BigData). 2016. Acceptance Rate: 19%.
    *This is a co-first authored publication.
  9. Redmiles, E.M., Kross, S., and Mazurek, M.L. How I Learned to be Secure: a Census-Representative Survey of Security Advice Sources and Behavior. Paper. ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS). 2016. Acceptance Rate: 16%.
  10. Redmiles, E.M. , Malone, A.R., and Mazurek, M. L. " I Think They're Trying to Tell Me Something: Advice Sources and Selection for Digital Security. Paper. IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland). 2016. Acceptance Rate: 13%


  1. Facebook academic gift for research on usable privacy and security to Elissa M. Redmiles and Michelle L. Mazurek, Facebook, $5,500, 2017.
  2. "Get Paid To Program - Engaging Underrepresented High School Women in Computer Science", Google.org and National Center for Women in Technology Student Seed Grant, PI, $5,000, 2017-2018.
  3. "Survey Research into the Privacy and Security Experiences of Low-SES Populations", Data and Society Research Institute, Data Access Grant, PI, 2015-2016.
  4. "Computer Science Connect 'Curriculum-In-A-Box'", SIGCSE Special Projects Grant, PI, Co-PI: Jandelyn Plane, 2013-2014, $5000.

    See completed project


University of Maryland
Doctorate of Philosophy in Computer Science
Graduate Certificate in Survey Methodology (18 credits)
      NSF Graduate Research Fellowship 2017 - 2020
      Facebook Fellowship 2017 - 2019
      NDSEG Fellowship 2017 - 2021 (declined for NSF GRFP)
      Deans Fellowship 2015 & 2016
      University of Chicago Data Science for Social Good Fellow 2015
Research Advisor: Dr. Michelle Mazurek


University of Maryland
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Cum Laude
GPA: 3.93 | Banneker Key Full Grant
Thesis: Human factors and requirements for a successful mobile platform dynamic taxishare system in the USA.
Undergraduate Research Advisors: Dr. Samir Khuller, Dr. Anne Simon and Dr. Diana Peterson.


Phillips Exeter Academy
High School
GPA: 10.6/11.0, Highest Honors