Comcast endowed professor for security innovation
Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Connecticut
Publications and Presentations:
Textbook: Foundations of Cybersecurity: Applied Introduction to Cryptography. (Draft and lectures available)
Most of my publications are available via researchgate.
Teaching, advising and students:
I like teaching and advising students. I teach intro to cyber security (CSE3400; see syllabus), usually in fall term, and Network security (CSE4402; see syllabus), usually in spring term (incl. spring'20). I sometimes teach a seminar or one-time class (spring 2021: privacy and anonymity). I use UConn's HuskyCT extensively for providing materials and communicating with students; appointments using Nexus.
See information on advising and students, including info for potential students, tips for students and list of previous and current students.
I am interested in security and privacy of networked systems. Security and privacy may be breached in many ways - it only takes one weak link to break the chain. I want to understand different threats and tools, and combine analysis and proofs with implementations, economics, and even human, legal, ethical and psychological aspects. Specific areas:
Internet security: infrastructure (routing, DNS, DoS) and applications (web, phishing).
Applied provable cryptography, esp. of applied cryptographic protocols, PKI, and resiliency to exposures and to cryptanalysis.
Privacy, anonymity and covert communication.
Security of systems interacting with humans: social-engineering, phishing and other attacks exploiting human behaviors, and usable security defenses.
Financial cryptography, i.e., using cryptography to innovate financial systems, protocols and networks.
Security for IoT and other emerging networks (e.g., of sensors, drones, stealthy-bots).
I am in the steering committee of the CANS conference.
I serve(d) on many program committees, editing boards etc., and regularly evaluate proposals and dissertations.
Personal and Opinions:
I an interested and opinionated in many topics such as politics, religions, history and science. In particular I'm very interested in social-technical, ethical and legal issues. See Cyber Security & Centralized Data, What Could Go Wrong?, an interview by the Institute for New Economic Thinking on the importance of privacy for society and economics, and the need for (self-)controls on at least some forms of cyber-warfare. See interview (in Hebrew) where I explain the risks of biometric repository which is being piloted in Israel.
I like discussing and arguing about these and other topics. And I also like reading, music, hikes, gardening, dogs, movies, and gym.
I'm best reachable by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If I don't reply in reasonable time, send reminder, your message may have been lost (in spam... or just forgotten due to overload, sorry!).