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Julie Thorpe

Julie Thorpe

Associate Professor

IT Security

Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Contact information

Business and Information Technology Building - Room 4034
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 6585


Prior to joining Ontario Tech University in 2010, Dr. Thorpe had more than eight years of experience working in the field of information technology (IT) security. She also taught part-time at Carleton University and served on the program committee for various international computer security conferences, including the Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ACM CCS) and the USENIX Security Symposium.

Her research interests include:

  • Authentication
  • Biometrics
  • Graphical passwords
  • Human factors in computer security
  • Operating system security
  • Passwords
  • Security policy
  • Software security

Her current research focuses on the interaction between human factors and computer security.

Dr. Thorpe's research has been featured in various media outlets including the CBS News Sunday Morning Show, Wired magazine, Popular Science, Slashdot, BBC World News, The New York Times, CBC Radio's 'The Current', CBC's Ottawa Morning Show, and Toronto Star. 


  • Bachelor of Computer Science (first-class Honours) Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • PhD in Computer Science (awarded Senate medal in 2008) Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario