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K-State Today

October 14, 2015



Guest speaker Tamara Denning to present on human-centered computer security and privacy

By Cody Brown

Tamara Denning's interests are in the human aspects of computer security and privacy, ranging from understanding how people use and reason about current technologies, to designing security and privacy that better matches the human and logistical needs of people around the technology — user and nonuser alike.

Past areas of work include security for implantable medical devices, privacy issues surrounding augmented reality glasses, and security awareness and education.

Denning is an assistant professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah. She completed her doctorate at the University of Washington in 2014 working with Tadayoshi Kohno in the Security and Privacy Research Lab. She received her bachelor's degree in computer science in 2007 from the University of California, San Diego and master's degree from the University of Washington in 2009.

Her work is published in both human computer interaction and computer security venues and has been covered by news outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, New York Times and Wired.