my name is

Nathan Malkin

I'm an assistant professor in the Department of Informatics at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in the New York City metro area.

Previously, I received my PhD in computer science from UC Berkeley and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Maryland.


Through my research in human-centered security and privacy, I strive to make technology more private and secure by studying and simplifying people's decisions.

My work lies at the intersection of (cyber)security & privacy with human-computer interaction & social computing. I use observations and experiments, as well as surveys and interviews, to understand how human factors (people's individual abilities and limitations, and group behaviors and processes) contribute to privacy and security problems. I then design systems to overcome these challenges and empirically validate them with user studies and real-world deployments.

Currently, I'm working on privacy for the Internet of Things, improving the digital safety of at-risk users, and helping developers create more secure software.

Previous work has 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.

See my publications for more details of my research.


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My email address is:

nathan.malkin at njit.edu