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Rachna Dhamija
CommerceNet External Fellow

Rachna was a CommerceNet fellow 2007-2008. She is now at Ejenta.

Dr. Dhamija was founder and CEO of Usable Security Systems, a CommerceNet portfolio company purchased by Webroot Software in 2010. Dr. Dhamija is a pioneer in the movement to apply usability, psychology, and human behavior to computer security.

Dr. Dhamija worked on electronic payment system privacy and security at CyberCash before receiving her Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley for her dissertation entitled “Authentication for Humans: The Design and Analysis of Usable Security Systems.” After Berkeley, Dr. Dhamija was appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Center for Research on Computation and Society, and later joined CommerceNet as an entrepreneurial fellow.

Dr. Dhamija speaks often at industry and academic conferences, corporations, and R&D groups. Her landmark papers “The Battle Against Phishing: Dynamic Security Skins” (2005) and “Why Phishing Works” (2006) have been heavily cited in academic and industry publications. Her more recent papers include “The Emperor’s New Security Indicators” (2007) and “The Seven Flaws of Identity Management” (2008).

Dr. Dhamija is frequently quoted in media coverage of security vulnerabilities, and her research results have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and CNN.