I currently work for MIT Lincoln Laboratory and collaborate with BYU’s Internet Security Research Lab. I research security & privacy, human-computer interaction, and usable security & privacy. My dissertation centered on helping ordinary users adopt end-to-end encryption. My current research interests include Blockchain technology, password-based authentication, cloud application security, and secure communication. In general, I strive to conduct holistic, interdisciplinary research that not only creates novel secure systems, but also addresses real-world human needs.
I recently received the John Karat Usable Privacy and Security Student Research Award from the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS), the top conference on usable privacy and security. This award identifies identifies future leaders in the area of usable privacy and security. It is awarded based on the strength of research, efforts to mentor others, and community service.
I have previously worked at a start-up (Computer Lab Solutions) and Brigham Young University developing lab management technologies deployed to hundreds of universities. Additionally, I have successfully completed internships with Microsoft, Microsoft Research, Google, Blue Coat Systems, and Sandia National Laboratory.
Email: scott [at] ruoti.org
- S. Ruoti, K. Seamons. End-to-End Passwords, New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW 2017), Islamorada, Florida, October 2017.
- S. Ruoti, K. Seamons, D. Zappala. Layering Security at Global Control Points to Secure Unmodified Software, IEEE Secure Development Conference (IEEE SecDev 2017), Boston, Massachusetts, September 2017. Best Paper Award.
- M. O’Neill, S. Heidbrink, S. Ruoti, J. Whitehead, D. Bunker, L. Dickinson, T. Hendershot, J. Reynolds, K. Seamons, D. Zappala. TrustBase: An Architecture to Repair and Strengthen Certificate-Based Authentication, 27th USENIX Security Symposium, August 2017.
- S. Ruoti, T. Monson, J. Wu, D. Zappala, K. Seamons. Weighing Context and Trade-offs: How Suburban Adults Selected Their Online Security Posture, 13th Annual Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2017), Santa Clara, California, July 2017.
- M. O’Neill, S. Ruoti, K. Seamons, D. Zappala. TLS Proxies: Friend or Foe?, ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC 2016). ACM, 2016.
- S. Ruoti, J. Andersen, T. Hendershot, D. Zappala, K. Seamons. Private Webmail 2.0: Simple and Easy-to-Use Secure Email, 29th ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST 2016). ACM, 2016.
- S. Ruoti, M. O’Neill, D. Zappala, K. Seamons. User Attitudes Toward the Inspection of Encrypted Traffic, 12th Annual Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2016), Denver, Colorado, June 2016. [Presentation]
- Ruoti, J. Andersen, S. Heidbrink, M. O’Neill, E. Vaziripour, J. Wu, D. Zappala, K. Seamons. “We’re on the Same Page”: A Usability Study of Secure Email Using Pairs of Novice Users, 34th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2016), San Jose, California, May 2016. Honorable Mention for Best Paper.