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.


July 20, 2016


Research Innovations in Simple Usable Security

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Every year the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security brings together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners in human computer interaction, security, and privacy, to present and discuss the latest research in the areas of usable security and privacy. Cisco’s sponsorship of SOUPS supports student research and mentorship in this area (see below), as […]

October 2, 2015


Looking Into a Crystal Ball for the Future of Cybersecurity

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Every once in a while you need to take a step back, and think about the future. Where’s a good place to look for high risk, high opportunity ideas in the future of computer security? New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW) is a crystal ball view into the future of cybersecurity. NSPW is an invitation only […]