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Mary Ellen Zurko

Principal Engineer, NGFW/NGIPS
Security Business Group

Mary Ellen Zurko (Mez) is a member of the Office of the CTO, Security Business Group, at Cisco Systems, and a Principal Engineer on the Next Generation Firewall team here. She leads the Cisco security patent committee, and the Cisco Security Technology Forum, a cross-Cisco community for senior technologists working in security.

Mez is a founding member of the National Academies of Sciences Forum on Cyber Resilience. She started her security career at DEC working on a high assurance A1 Virtual Machine Monitor, and defined the field of User-Centered Security. She has written on security and the web, public key infrastructures, distributed authorization, active content security, and user-centered security.

She is General Chair and Steering Committee Chair of the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security, and on the steering committee of New Security Paradigms Workshop.

Mez received S.B and S.M. degrees in computer science from MIT.

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