Keynote Speaker

Presenter: Professor DOROTHY E. DENNING

Mel Gehrs


This talk will explore some of the principles, practices, requirements, annoyances, limitations, myths, challenges, and research relating to passwords, biometrics, and other authentication systems.


Dorothy E. Denning is Distinguished Professor of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School. Her current research and teaching encompasses the areas of conflict and cyberspace; trust, influence and networks; and information operations and security. She is author of Information Warfare and Security and has previously worked at Georgetown University, Digital Equipment Corporation, SRI International, and Purdue University.

She has served as President of the International Association for Cryptologic Research and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the SIGSAC Outstanding Innovation Award, the Harold F. Tipton Award, the National Computer Systems Security Award, and the Augusta Ada Lovelace Award. She is a Fellow of the ACM and (ISC)2, and was a featured security innovator in Time magazine. She received the B.A. and M.A. degrees in mathematics from the University of Michigan and the Ph.D. degree in computer science from Purdue University, which later awarded her a Distinguished Science Alumnus.