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Women in Software and Cybersecurity: Dr. Lorrie Cranor

  • “Whenever a door has closed, yes, I have been disappointed, but I have also taken that as an opportunity to step back and say, well, I am going to make myself open to other things. Every time that has happened, I think something that I totally didn’t expect has come along and has been great.”
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    In this podcast, Dr. Lorrie Cranor, director of CyLab, discusses her career, her work in privacy and security, and her upcoming keynote at the 2019 Women in Cybersecurity Conference, March 28-30 in Pittsburgh. This podcast is one of the inaugural interviews in our Women in Software and Cybersecurity podcast series.

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  • Dr. Lorrie Cranor

    Dr. Lorrie Faith Cranor is the director of CyLab at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to that she was the FORE Systems professor of Computer Science and of Engineering and Public Policy at CMU where she was director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS). She was associate department head of the Engineering and Public Policy Department and co-director of the MSIT-Privacy Engineering master’s program. In 2016 she served as Chief Technologist at the US Federal Trade Commission, working in the office of Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. She is also a co-founder of Wombat Security Technologies, Inc, a security awareness training company. She has authored more than 150 research papers on online privacy, usable security, and other topics. She has played a key role in building the usable privacy and security research community, having co-edited the seminal book Security and Usability (O'Reilly 2005) and founded the Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS). She also chaired the Platform for Privacy Preferences Project (P3P) Specification Working Group at the W3C and authored the book Web Privacy with P3P (O'Reilly 2002). She has served on a number of boards, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation board of directors, and on the editorial boards of several journals. She was previously honored as one of the top 100 innovators 35 or younger by Technology Review magazine. More recently she was elected to the ACM CHI Academy, named an ACM Fellow for her contributions to usable privacy and security research and education, and named an IEEE Fellow for her contributions to privacy engineering. She was previously a researcher at AT&T Labs Research and taught in the Stern School of Business at New York University. She holds a doctorate in engineering and policy from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2012-13 she spent her sabbatical as a fellow in the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University where she worked on fiber arts projects that combined her interests in privacy and security, quilting, computers, and technology.