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I earned my PhD in Computer Science from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) in 1998 under the direction of Paul Van Oorschot and Evangelos Kranakis. From 1998 till 2002 I was a Research Scientist at Entrust, a security software company, where I performed code security reviews, contributed to new product developments and created new IETF and W3C standards, primarily related to authentication and key management. From 2002 till 2008 I worked for the Government of Canada. In 2003, I designed the "account recovery" interface for the Government Online portal, used by more than six million citizens. I also contributed to design of the portal's "epass" authentication service. In 2008 I made the leap to full-time academic work, where I continue to build on my usable security research, as well as applying machine learning to security. I started as a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh in 2008, then in 2010 I became a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University, and in 2015 I moved to Heriot-Watt University as an Associate Professor.

Research interests

I am primarily interested in computer security, and in applying human-computer interaction (HCI) and machine learning (ML) techniques to solve computer security problems. I also apply fundamental security techniques to design, and attack modelling and analysis. For example, I have enumerated the attack space for partial passwords and the answers to challenge questions, and I have modelled attacks to implicit smartphone authentication. The results of my research include critical evaluations of current security solutions, the establishment of new security and usability methodologies, and the design of new security techniques. I currently apply these methods and techniques to authentication protocols, and mobile devices and networks, though I am very interested in broader applications of my research.

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Authentication Engineering & Materials Science
Mobile devices Engineering & Materials Science
Embedded systems Engineering & Materials Science
Smartphones Engineering & Materials Science
Information use Engineering & Materials Science
Electric power utilization Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 1994 2018

Experimental large-scale review of attractors for detection of potentially unwanted applications

Stavova, V., Dedkova, L., Matyas, V., Just, M., Smahel, D. & Ukrop, M. Jul 2018 In : Computers and Security. 76, p. 92-100 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Computer systems

Hardware-Assisted Secure Communication in Embedded and Multi-Core Computing Systems

Saeed, A., Ahmadinia, A. & Just, M. 15 May 2018 In : Computers. 7, 2, 31

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Embedded systems
Electric power utilization
Secure communication

Everything's Cool: Extending Security Warnings with Thermal Feedback

Wilson, G., Maxwell, H. & Just, M. 11 Feb 2017 (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Hot Temperature

Factors influencing the purchase of security software for mobile devices - Case study

Stavova, V., Matyas, V., Just, M. & Ukrop, M. Mar 2017 In : Infocommunications Journal. 9, 1, p. 18-23 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mobile devices
Mobile security

Keeping Children Safe Online: Understanding the Concerns of Carers of Children with Autism

Just, M. & Berg, T. 21 Sep 2017 Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2017: 16th IFIP TC 13 International Conference Mumbai, India, September 25–29, 2017 Proceedings, Part III. Springer, p. 34-53 20 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 10515)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
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Activities 2014 2017

  • 11 Participation in conference
  • 3 Invited talk
  • 1 Other

2nd IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy

Just, M. (Member of programme committee)
26 Apr 201728 Apr 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Passwords 2016

Just, M. (Member of programme committee)
5 Dec 20167 Dec 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

New Security Paradigms Workshop 2016

Just, M. (Member of programme committee)
26 Sep 201629 Sep 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security

Just, M. (Member of programme committee)
22 Jul 201624 Jul 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

NDSS Workshop on Usable Security

Just, M. (Member of programme committee)
21 Feb 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Press / Media