Research within the domain of human factors concerning security and privacy is fundamentally dependent on empirical studies engaging directly with participants. These investigations utilize a diverse array of study designs and methodologies for data collection. Integrating multiple study designs and data modalities is essential for deriving reliable conclusions regarding specific phenomena, such as the usability and efficacy of authentication methods for user identification. Nevertheless, not every study design and data type is universally applicable to all research questions. It is imperative, therefore, to select the study design and data collection methods that are most suitable for the specific context of the research inquiry.

Overview of Methodology at SECUSO

In the following, various types of study designs and data will be introduced and illustrated with examples from the research group SECUSO.