My current research interests are in Usable Security. In particular I focus my interests on several aspects of it: users, technology deployers/adopters, and developers. Most recently, my work is focused on the design of a new support system for Trust Infrastructures in distributed environments, i.e. the Internet. In particular, this research project is aimed at lowering today's trust deployment barriers by means of combining different technologies in a novel fashion: DHT-based peer-to-peer networking, Public Key Cryptography, and Federated Identities. Preliminary work, publications, and discussions with academia and industry partners have been, so far, an extremely valuable source of positive feedback. In the future, I envision this work to spawn several important research projects that might change Security, Usability, and Trust in the future always-connected environment.
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Update: After a great experience at NYU Poly, I decided to move on and pursue a career in the industry as VP of Engineering at Penango, Inc. Thanks to all of my students who inspired me to be a better advisor each day more.
I received my Ph.D. from the Poilitecnico di Torino in Computer Engineering in March 2007. In 2011, I joined the Politechnic Institute of NYU as research professor in the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department. I also hold the assistant director position at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy (CRISSP). Following my doctorate, I joined Dartmouth College as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Institute for Security Technology Studies (ISTS). During my graduate studies, I worked at the PKI/Trust Lab at Dartmouth College for six months where I contributed to the work of Prof. Sean Smith and his collaborators. Before then, I worked for several companies as PKI/Security consultant. In 1998, I started the OpenCA project and I still continue its development and management. In addition to my Ph.D., I hold a Laurea (equiv. to BS and MS) in Computer Engineering from the University of Modena, Italy.