Yasemin Acar

Yasemin Acar
Assistant Professor
SEH 4590 | Office Hours: email me, always happy to meet students!
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Yasemin Acar is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at The George Washington University. Her research is broadly in the area of human factors in security and privacy, with a major focus on secure software development. Most recently, her focus has been diversifying security and privacy research, implementing cryptography securely, and researching trust in the open source community.


  • Dr. rer. nat. Computer Science, Philipps University Marburg (equivalent to PhD)
  • M.Sc. Mathematics, Leibniz University Hannover
  • B.Sc. Mathematics, Leibniz University Hannover
  • Usable Security and Privacy
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Secure Software Development
  • Computer Security
  • Human Factors in Cryptography

Selected Publications

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A Large-Scale Interview Study on Information Security in and Attacks against Small and Medium-sized Enterprises 
Nicolas Huaman, Bennet von Skarczinski, Christian Stransky, Dominik Wermke, Yasemin Acar, Arne Dreißigacker, Sascha Fahl 
Proceedings of the 2021 USENIX Security Symposium - SEC'21

Leading By (Insecure) Example: How Internet Resources Might be Helping You Develop Faster But Less Securely 
Yasemin Acar, Michael Backes, Sascha Fahl, Doowon Kim, Michelle Mazurek, Christian Stransky 
IEEE Security and Privacy 2016