The 7th Annual 930Gov Conference, hosted by the Digital Government Institute, Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. (Photo by Max Taylor)

I study the “people problem” of cyber security.

My research focuses on improving individual, organizational, and national resilience to cyber attacks by focusing on the weakest links in cyber security—all of us Internet users.

My interest is in understanding why people fall prey to social engineering attacks and on ways we can harness this understanding to secure cyber space. I also examine how various groups–-criminal syndicates, terrorist networks, hacktivists–-utilize cyber space to commit crime, spread mis-information, recruit operatives, and radicalize others. 

I am an alumnus of the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University and serve on a distinguished expert panel for the NSA’s Science of Security & Privacy directorate. In addition to being presented to the principals of national security and law enforcement agencies around the world, my research has also been featured on CNN, The Washington Post, Wired, USA Today, Politico, and other national and international news outlets.