I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2020 where I worked with Prof. Tudor Dumitras.
My research interests include data-driven security and usable security. I am interested in identifying the root causes of security threats by understanding actors (e.g., adversary and end-users) involved, with data-driven and human-centered perspectives (i.e., usability study).
I have been awarded the 5th annual NSA Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper (2017) and the Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship (2019). My works about the Code-Signing PKI have been featured in Ars Technica, The Register, Schneier on Security, Threatpost, etc.
I am actively looking for self-motivated students! Please email me if you’re interested in security.
- May 2020: Successfully defended my dissertation.
- Jan. 2020: Invited to CSET ’20 Program Committee.
- Jun. 2019: Internship at Symantec Research Lab in Culver City.
- Mar. 2019: Awarded the Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship.
[USENIX Security ‘18]: The Broken Shield: Measuring Revocation Effectiveness in the Windows Code-Signing PKI.
Doowon Kim, Bum Jun Kwon, Kristián Kozák, Christopher Gates, and Tudor Dumitraș.
[ACM CCS ‘17]: Certified Malware: Measuring Breaches of Trust in the Windows Code-Signing PKI.
Doowon Kim, Bum Jun Kwon, and Tudor Dumitraș.
[IEEE S&P ‘17]: Comparing the usability of cryptographic APIs.
Yasemin Acar, Michael Backes, Sascha Fahl, Simson Garfinkel, Doowon Kim, Michelle L. Mazurek, and Christian Stransky. (The authors are alphabetically ordered.)
[SOUPS ‘16]: An inconvenient trust: User attitudes toward security and usability tradeoffs for key-directory encryption systems.
Wei Bai, Doowon Kim, Moses Namara, Yichen Qian, Patrick Gage Kelley, and Michelle L. Mazurek.
[IEEE S&P ‘16]: You get where you’re looking for: The impact of information sources on code security.
Awarded the 5th annual NSA Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper.
Yasemin Acar, Michael Backes, Sascha Fahl, Doowon Kim, Michelle L. Mazurek, and Christian Stransky. (The authors are alphabetically ordered.)