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Rachna Dhamija

CEO, Usable Security Systems

Rachna is a pioneer in the movement to apply the study of psychology and human behavior to computer security.

She worked on electronic payment system privacy and security at CyberCash before receiving her Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley for her dissertation entitled “Authentication for Humans: The Design and Analysis of Usable Security Systems.” After Berkeley, Rachna was appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Center for Research on Computation and Society.

Dr. Dhamija speaks often at industry and academic conferences, corporations and R&D groups. Her landmark papers “The Battle Against Phishing” and “Why Phishing Works” have been heavily cited in academic and industry publications. Rachna is often quoted in media coverage of security vulnerabilities, and her research results have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and CNN.