Dr Maina Korir

Lecturer in Cyber Security

+44 (0)1473 338208
School of Technology, Business and Arts

Dr Maina Korir is a Lecturer in Cyber Security at the School of Technology, Business and Arts. Before joining the University of Suffolk, she was a lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire (Bedford campus). She completed her Leverhulme-funded PhD research on ethics and privacy in learning analytics at the Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology.

Maina teaches the following modules:

  • Cyber Security: Attack
  • Cyber Security: Defense
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Research Skills

Previous modules taught include Cryptography and Computer Security, Databases, Human Computer Interaction and Networking.

Research Interests

Maina’s research interests are in human technology interaction in security and privacy. Her prior research has focused on:

  • Ethics and Privacy in Learning Analytics
  • Decentralised Identity
  • Usable Security and Privacy
  • Secure Electronic Voting Systems

A list of Maina’s publications is available on Google Scholar.

Research Skills

Maina has experience in both quantitative and qualitative research. As a mixed-methods researcher, she has applied various research methods to her work, including cognitive walkthroughs, Delphi studies, experiments, interviews (face-to-face and remote), lab user studies, online surveys (including recruitment via online participant pools) and website intercept surveys.

Conference Talks

August 2022 - “An Empirical Study of a Decentralized Identity Wallet: Usability, Security, and Perspectives on User Control” - Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS ‘22). Boston, MA, USA

June 2020 - Poster at the CALRG online conference as part of the Doctoral Consortium

April 2020 – “Privacy and learning analytics in the datafied university: Concepts and key issues” - openAIED special interest group

April 2019 – “Privacy from Two Perspectives: How do LA Experts and Students Think About Privacy?” - Leverhulme/OpenTEL students’ seminar. Open University, Milton Keynes

September 2014 – “Helios Verification: To Alleviate, or to Nominate: Is That The Question, Or Shall We Have Both?” - 3rd International Conference on Electronic Government and the Information Systems Perspective. Munich, Germany

February 2014 – “Voter, What Message Will Motivate You To Verify Your Vote?” - USEC workshop (NDSS symposium). San Diego, CA

July 2013 - “Mental Models of Verifiability in Voting” - 4th International Conference on E-Voting and Identity. Guildford, UK

August 2011 - “Usability analysis of Helios: an open source verifiable remote electronic voting system” - 2011 conference on Electronic voting technology/workshop on trustworthy elections. San Francisco, CA

Professional Bodies and Membership

  • Professional Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)