Course Title Semester
C S 401R Topics in Computer Science Winter 2021
C S 465 Computer Security Winter 2021
C S 665 Adv Comp Security Winter 2021
C S 704R Advanced Readings Spring 2021
C S 324 Systems Programming Fall 2021
C S 401R Topics in Computer Science Winter 2022
C S 324 Systems Programming Fall 2022


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 over 5,000 times. Dr. Seamons has been awarded over $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.

His research is currently being funded by NSF, DHS, and Sandia National Labs. He teaches courses in computer security and ethical hacking. He has supervised 2 Ph.D. dissertations and 32 M.S. theses. He helped advise recent PhD students that won the John Karat Usable Privacy and Security Student Research Award (2017) and the Internet Defense Prize First Runner-Up (2018). Recent papers by his students have been awarded Honorable Mention at CHI 2015 and Best Paper at SecDev 2017.

Dr. Seamons has a B.S. in Computer Science from BYU. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he conducted research in parallel I/O and was a DARPA Fellow. He was awarded the David J. Kuck Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award from the Department of Computer Science at Illinois in 1997. Prior to joining the faculty at BYU, Dr. Seamons conducted research at the IBM Transarc Lab in Pittsburgh, PA where he was a co-inventor of trust negotiation.


Computer Networks, Systems, and Security


Michael Clark
Garrett Dickerson Smith
Tarun Yadav
JC May
Research Assistant, Entry
Sarah Dysart
Research Assistant, Entry
Justin Hales
Research Assistant, Mid-level
Maren Smith
Research Assistant, Mid-level
Kai Chen
Research Assistant, Entry