my name is

Nathan Malkin

I strive to make technology more private and secure by studying and simplifying people's decisions.

I'm a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Maryland. My research in usable security and privacy lies at the intersection of systems security and human-computer interaction. I use methods like surveys and interviews to understand human factors that underlie current practices, then build novel solutions and empirically validate them with user studies and real-world deployments.

At UMD, I'm working with Michelle Mazurek and the SP2 Lab on privacy for the Internet of Things, improving the digital safety of at-risk users, and helping developers create more secure software.

I completed my PhD in computer science at UC Berkeley, where I was advised by David Wagner and Serge Egelman. My dissertation focused on privacy controls for always-listening devices, including smart speakers and smart TVs. I've also drawn on behavioral economics to help users make security decisions while avoiding cognitive biases. You can find more of my research here.


My email address is:

nmalkin at cs.berkeley.edu