Yasemin Acar is a Research Group Leader At Max Planck Institute For Security And Privacy. Her research focuses on human factors in computer security, centering humans and their comprehension, behaviors, wishes and needs.
She aims to better understand how software can enhance users’ lives without putting their data at risk.
Her recent focus has been on investigating how to help software developers implement secure software development practices. Her research has shown that working with developers on these issues can resolve problems before they ever affect end users.
She was a visiting scholar at the National Institute for Standards and Technology in 2019, where she researched how users of smart homes want to have their security and privacy protected. She received the John Karat Usable Security and Privacy student Research Award for the community’s outstanding student in 2018. Her work has also been honored by the National Security Agency in their best cybersecurity paper competition 2016.
Featured Talk: Human Factors in Secure Development