Kent Seamons

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Dr. Kent Seamons is the Director of the Internet Security Research Lab in the Computer Science Department at BYU. His research interests are in usable security, privacy, authentication, end-to-end encryption, identity management, and trust management. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers that have been cited nearly 5,000 times. Dr. Seamons has been awarded $6 million in funding from NSF, DHS, DARPA, and industry. He is also a co-inventor on four patents in the areas of automated trust negotiation, single sign-on, and security overlays.

Contact Info
Email: seamons [at]
Phone: (801) 422-3722


  • NSF Middleware for Certificate-Based Authentication, 2015.
  • DHS, TrustBase, 2016.
  • Google Faculty Research Award, Summer 2014
  • Vita
  • Google Scholar (h-index=32), DBLP
  • Current Collaborations
    • Daniel Zappala, Internet Research Lab, BYU
    • Paul van Oorschot, Carleton University
    • Jeremy Clark, Concordia University
    • Scott Ruoti, MIT Lincoln Lab
    • Drummond Reed, Evernym
    • Yung Ryn Choe, Sandia National Labs
  • Current Projects
    • Usable Secure Webmail
    • TrustBase: Certificate-based Authentication
    • Measuring the Prevalence of TLS Proxies
    • User attitudes regarding SSL inspection
    • Easy-to-use, Secure Authentication
    • Usable Two-Factor Authentication
    • Key Management

Recent Publications

Advice to Students

  • I am looking for undergraduate, MS, and PhD students to conduct research into usable security and end-to-end encryption. Please send me your resume and a cover letter with your interests and availability.
  • How to Choose a Research Topic. Panel presentation at Sandia National Labs TITANS, 2013 with additions from Gene Spafford.

Current Courses

  • Cybersecurity Competitions (Winter 2017)
  • Advanced Computer Security 665 (Winter 2017)
  • Computer Security 465 (Fall 2016)
  • Advanced Topics in Usability Research CS 601R (Winter 2016)