Computing That Serves

Kent Seamons

Professorial Status:
Associate Chair / Undergraduate Coordinator
Office Phone:
(801) 422-3722
2230 TMCB (Office Hours: By Appointment )

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 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.

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.

Research Interests:

Dr. Seamons' current research is in certificate-based authentication and usable secure email.  His research interests are in usable security, privacy, authentication, identity management, and trust management.  Dr. Seamons has over 65 research publications in the areas of usable security, trust management, privacy, parallel I/O, distributed systems, and information retrieval.