Who we are

Simply Secure is a small but growing organization. We have expertise in usability research, design, software development, and product management, and are supported by a diverse set of advisors and partners.

Our Team

Sara “Scout” Sinclair Brody

Executive Director


Scout has long been passionate about improving the usability of security tools. Her Computer Science doctoral dissertation, Access Control In and For The Real World, focused on the mis-integration of classic security mechanisms with modern human organizations.

As a Product Manager at Google, she worked on projects such as 2-step verification, the Android operating system, and uProxy. When not working directly on software, she enjoys dabbling in graphic design, fiber artistry, and woodworking.

Ame Elliott

Design Director


Ame Elliott joined Simply Secure after eight years at IDEO San Francisco, where she led the discipline of Design Research and delivered human-centered tech strategy projects for clients such as Acer, Ericsson, and Samsung. Prior to IDEO, she was a research scientist at Xerox PARC, and at Ricoh Innovations. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley for her work creating hybrid physical-digital interactions to support the architectural design process.

Ame holds eight patents and is the author of numerous publications including a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology. Her design work has been included in the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and recognized with awards from the AIGA, IDSA/IDEA, the Edison Awards, and the Webby Awards.

Eileen Wagner

Program Associate


Eileen has been exploring different ways to leverage design and technology for more transparency and digital inclusion. She previously campaigned for civic tech and open data projects at the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany. There she helped establish the first public funding program for open source projects in Germany, the Prototype Fund. She was a Code for All exchange fellow in Taiwan early 2017, and has advised projects in the decentralization community on communications and strategy. Besides a keen interest in security and privacy issues, she brings her research and communication skills to support content management and community building. Her background is in analytic philosophy (BA) and mathematical logic (MSc).

Our Advisory Board

Angela Sasse

Head of Information Security Research, Director of the Science of Cyber Security Research Institute, University College London

Ben Laurie

Open SSL core team member, Apache Software Foundation co-founder and Google Security Engineer

Ben Scott

Senior Advisor to the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation in Washington DC and a Visiting Fellow at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung in Berlin

Cory Doctorow

Author and activist

George Danezis

Reader in Security and Privacy Engineering, University College London

Ian Goldberg

Author of the OTR encryption protocol and Professor, University of Waterloo

Wendy Seltzer

Policy Counsel to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) & Visiting Fellow with Yale Law School's Information Society Project