Daniela Seabra Oliveira

FICS 208 Mailing address: PO BOX 116200
216 Larsen Hall
Gainesville, FL

first name at ece.ufl.edu

(352) 392 6618

I am currently serving as Program Director at the National Science Foundation (CISE/CNS/SaTC)

Associate Professor (IoT Warren B. Nelms Term Professor)

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Florida


Daniela Seabra Oliveira received her BS and MS degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil in 1999 and 2001, respectively. After working as a software engineer for three years, she started her PhD program at the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Davis. In June 2010, she received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Davis, where she specialized in computer security and operating systems, under supervision of Prof. Felix Wu.

She is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award 2012 and the 2012 United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama. She is also a NAE Frontiers of Engineering Alumni and a NAS Kavli Fellow. She is also the recipient of the 2017 Google Security and Privacy Research Award.

Research Interests

My research in cyber security is highly interdisciplinary and focused on human vulnerabilities. My research philosophy is to discover and employ successful ideas and methods from fields other than computer science and engineering, in particular from the cognitive sciences and marketing to make cyberspace more secure and to protect Internet users from cyber social engineering (phishing and disinformation). My research approach focuses on developing practical solutions, analyzing social media datasets using statistical and machine learning methods, and designing and conducting ecologically-valid behavioral-based user studies to access novel aspects of susceptibility to cyber social engineering attacks and to validate interventions.

I am the Diversity Director of the Florida Institute for Cyber Security (FICS) at the University of Florida, which I joined in 2014 as part of the UF Rising to Preeminence Hiring Program (Electrical and Computer Engineering Department).

I am also affiliated with the University of Florida Warren Nelms Institute for the Connected World and affiliated with the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases.


January 2022. Paper accepted at IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security: Fine-Grained Dynamic Information Flow Tracking for Data Flow Integrity using Coprocessor.

November 2021. Paper accepted at IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems: Learning Fast and Slow: PROPEDEUTICA for Real-time Malware Detection.

September 2021. Paper accepted at International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Natural Language Processing (IA&NLP 2021): Predicting Different Types of Subtle Toxicity in Unhealthy Online Conversations.

August 2021. Paper accepted at ACM CSUR: Challenges and Opportunities for Practical and Effective Dynamic Information Flow Tracking.

April 2021. Paper accepted at Computers & Security

December 2020. I gave a talk at the Google Summit 2020.

October 2020. Paper accepted at the ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security (TOPS).

August 2020. Paper accepted at the IEEE GLOBECOM.

July 2020. Paper accepted at the SOUPS Workshop on “Inclusive Privacy and Security (WIPS).

July 2020. I will be a Keynote speaker at the Brazilian Symposium on Cyber Security & Privacy (SEBSeg) 2020.

March 2020. Paper accepted at the IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing.

March 2020. Paper accepted at the International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS) 2020.

November 2019. Our paper “Identifying Unintended Harms of Cybersecurity Countermeasures” received the Best Paper Award at the APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research (eCrime) 2019.

August 2019. I will be speaking with Elie Bursztein at Hacker 2 Hacker Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil about phishing campaigns that target Gmail users and insights from Psychology and Neuroscience the Cyber Security community can leverage for phishing mitigation.

August 2019. Excited that my Black Hat talk Deconstructing the Phishing Campaigns that Target Gmail Users with Elie Bursztein (Lead Google Anti-Abuse Team) received much press coverage.

July 2019. I am organizing a Dagsthul Seminar:  Cybersafety Threats — from Deception to Aggression. July 21-26. Germany. With Zinaida Benenson (Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg), Marianne Junger (University of Twente, The Netherlands), and Gianluca Stringhini (Boston University

June 2019 Honored to be selected to attend the the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) 2019 China-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

June 2019 I will be speaking at the International Symposium on Decision Neuroscience 2019:  Phishing Susceptibility: Why Older Adults are Vulnerable and the Case for Targeted Intervention Tools

May 2019 I will be speaking (together with Elie Burstein from Google) at Black Hat USA 2019: Deconstructing the Phishing Campaigns that Target Gmail Users.

May 2019 Our paper Susceptibility to Spear-Phishing Email: Effects of Internet User Demographics and Email Content was accepted at ACM TOCHI 2019.

April 2019 I am speaking at TEDx UF: Has Evolution Hardwire us to Fall for Phishing? Video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cm_TZJ5NXg

January 2019 Our paper Empirical Analysis of Weapons of Influence, Life Domains, and Demographic-Targeting in Modern Spam – An Age-Comparative Perspective was accepted at Springer Crime Science.

January 2019 I will be co-chairing USENIX ENIGMA 2020 and 2021 with Ben Adida

October 2018 I received the 2017 Google Security and Privacy Research Awards.

October 2018 I will be a keynote speaker at the Brazilian Symposium on Cyber Security and Privacy 2018: Cyber Deception and Social Engineering: Why  will these attacks be the most devastating of the next decade?

September 2018 Our NSF Small SaTC: CORE: Small: FIRMA: Personalized Cross-Layer Continuous Authentication has been awarded!

August 2018 Our NSF Medium REVELARE: A Hardware-Supported Dynamic Information Flow Tracking Framework for IoT Security and Forensics was awarded!

August 2018 Invited talk at the International Cyber Deception Workshop 2018: Why You Should Care About Older Adults Susceptibility to Phishing – Implications for Corporate Security and Democracy

June 2018 Paper accepted at ISC (Information Security Conference) 2018: Lumus: Dynamically Uncovering Evasive Android Applications.

June 2018 Talk at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) Brazil: FAROS: Illuminating In-Memory Injection Attacks via Provenance-based Whole System Dynamic Information Flow Tracking.

June 2018 Talk at the Federal University of Parana (UFPR) Brazil: FAROS: Illuminating In-Memory Injection Attacks via Provenance-based Whole System Dynamic Information Flow Tracking.

May 2018 Paper accepted at USENIX SOUPS 2018: API Blindspots: Why Experienced Developers Write Vulnerable Code.

April 2018 Paper accepted at IEEE DSN 2018: FAROS: Illuminating In-Memory Injection Attacks via Provenance-based Whole System Dynamic Information Flow Tracking.

March 2018 Paper accepted at the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences: “Uncovering Susceptibility Risk to Online Deception in Aging”. In this paper we explore correlations between cognition and phishing susceptibility.

February 2018 Talk at FICS Annual Cyber Security Conference: Why You Should Care About Older Adults Susceptibility to Phishing: Implications for Corporate Security and Democracy

February 2018 Talk at MIT Lincoln Laboratory about personalized anomaly detection.

January 2018 PC member of the IEEE S&P 2019

January 2018 Talk at the Office of Technology Research and Investigation at the Federal Trade Commission. Why You Should Care About Older Adults’ Susceptibility to Phishing – Implications for Democracy and Corporate Security.

October 2017) Talk at the CCC Symposium (Computing Research: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs 2017)Cyber Social Engineering: Why You Should Care and Implications for Democracy. Video

October 2017 Talk at the Swiss Cyber Storm Conference 2017Cyber Social Engineering and Phishing: Why You and Your Organization Should Care

August 2017 I am the guest editor of the IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine – Special Issue on Security and Privacy Research in Brazil. November/December 2018 issue. With Jeremy Epstein and Anderson Rocha. Please check the CFP.

August 2017  I am PC co-Chair of the 7th Workshop on Socio-Technical Aspects in Security and Trust (STAST) 2017 co-located with ACSAC 2017. Consider submitting great papers!

May 2017 I am giving a talk about phishing susceptibility in the context of corporate management at the Swiss Cyber Storm Conference 2017 in October 18, Luzern, Switzerland. Speaker announcement: https://www.swisscyberstorm.com/2017/06/29/Introducing_Daniela_Oliveira.html

May 2017 My PhD student Ruimin Sun was awarded with the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Student Fellowship.

May 2017 Paper accepted at the IEEE Conference on Dependable and Secure Computing (DSC) 2017: The Dose Makes the Poison – Leveraging Uncertainty for Effective Malware Detection.

March 2017 I am very honored to have received The Warren B. Nelms IoT Professorship 

March 2017 FC2 grant ($50,000) awarded – Collaborative Authentication for the Internet of Things – with Jay Ligatti (USF) and Natalie Ebner (UF)

January 2017 Talk at USENIX Enigma 2017: videopress/media coveragetwitter coverage

January 2017 Talk at Cisco Leveraging Uncertainty for OS Security

December 2016 NSF SFS grant awarded:  Collaborative Research: SURPASS: NSF SFS Unique Scholarship Program in Hardware and Systems Security. $2,508,541.

December 2016 Paper accepted at ACM CHI 2017: Dissecting Spear Phishing Emails for Older vs Young Adults: On the Interplay of Weapons of Influence and Life Domains in Predicting Susceptibility to Phishing

October 2016 The NSF DCL US-Brazil solicitation, an outcome of the US-Brazil Workshop on Cyber Security and Privacy I organized is out! Consider submitting great proposals!

October 2016 Talk “Security For Vulnerable Populations – On the Interplay of Weapons of Influence and Life Domains in Predicting Older Adults Susceptibility to Spear-Phishing Emails” selected for presentation at the USENIX ENIGMA Conference

October 2016 I will be a speaker at the SPSQ Workshop on Reducing Software Defects and Vulnerabilities at the NSF.

July 2016 Paper accepted at the IEEE ISSRE 2016: Bear: A Framework for Understanding Application Sensitivity to OS (Mis)Behavior.

July 2016 Talk at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg: Interdisciplinary and Cognitive Computer Security: From Uncertain Operating Systems To Understanding Spear-Phishing Susceptibility and Developer’s Blind Spots.

June 2016 Paper accepted at NSPW 2016

May 2016 I received the University of Florida International Educator of the Year – Junior Faculty Award.

April 2016 Research Team Award: 2016 Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) Cluff Award for Research in Aging: $1200 – Dissecting Spear-Phishing Emails: On the Interplay of User Age, Weapons of Influence, and Life Domains in Predicting Phishing Susceptibility.

March 2016 Our paper An Information Flow-based Taxonomy to Understand the Nature of Software Vulnerabilities was accepted at the 31st International Conference on ICT Systems Security and Privacy Protection – Springer IFIP SEC 2016.

November 2015 I am in the organizing committee of the 2016 Kavli National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science Symposium.

November 2015 I gave a talk at the National Academy of Sciences Distinctive Voices Program: Cyber Security and The Human Factors Behind It.

October 2015 SwitchOn Workshop talk: Cyber Security and the Human Factors Behind it

August 2015 I am organizing the NSF/DHS/MCTI Workshops US-Brazil on Cyber Security and Privacy – With Priscila Solis (University of Brasilia) – http://www.usbrazilsec.org

August 2015 New MIT LL grant – collaborative work with Natalie Ebner (UF) and Brandon Matthews (MIT Lincoln Labs Cyber Systems and Operations group)

July 2015 NSF Medium awarded to our team: Developer Crowdsourcing: Capturing, Understanding and Addressing Security-related Blind Spots in APIs. With Natalie EbnerJustin CapposYanyan Zhuang and Yuriy Brun.

July 2015 Our team was selected as one of the performers for the DARPA Transparent Computing program: FAROS: Beyond All-or-Nothing DIFT via Context-aware Self-Tuning Operation. With Michalis FaloutsosJed Crandall and Xuetao Wei.

June 2015 Our paper “Maybe Poor Johnny Really Cannot Encrypt – The Case for a Complexity Theory for Usable Security” was accepted at NSPW (ACM New Security Paradigms Workshop) 2015. With Zinaida BenensonGabriele LenziniSimon Parker and Sven Uebelacker.

May 2015 Our paper “The Case for Unpredictability as Deception as OS Features” will appear in the August issue of ;login. With Don PorterMatt BishopRuimin Sun and Natalie Ebner

April 2015 I am at the Program Committee of ACSAC 2015: consider submitting great papers!

April 2015 Talk at  MIT Lincoln Lab: “Interdisciplinary Computer Security: From Understanding Psychological Weapons of Influence in Spear Phishing Emails to Unpredictable Operating Systems.”

March 2015 Paper accepted at HotOS 2015The Case for Less Predictable Operating System Behavior. With my student Ruimin Sun and in collaboration with Matt Bishop and Don Porter.

March 2015 My PhD student Ruimin Sun was selected to receive the Travel Award from the GREPSEC II Workshop.

February 2015 PC BDCloud (5th IEEE Conference in Big Data and Cloud Computing) 2015. Deadline for submissions: April 15!

January 2015 PC CSET’15 (8th Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test). Deadline: April 23!

January 2015 I am a panelist at the GREPSEC II Workshop – A NSF and CRA-W/CDC supported workshop for women and underrepresented groups interested in computer security research.

November 2014 I am in the Organizing Committee of the 2015 National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Sciences Symposium.

October 2014 Patrick TraynorKevin Butler and I answer questions about Cyber Security from a broad audience, live on University of Florida TV: http://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/4505346b2e2f4f1bb1e3fed25f79d5991d

September 2014 NSF EAGER awarded (Age-targeted Automated Cueing Against Social Engineering Attacks) with Natalie Ebner (Department of Psychology and Institute on Aging – UF)

August 2014 Paper accepted at ACSAC 2014 with Bowdoin undergraduate students Marissa Rosenthal’14 and Nicole Morin’16.

August 2014 Selected by NSF to represent the United States at the Science and Technology In Society (STS) Young Leader’s Program in Kyoto, Japan. A maximum of five future leaders per country were invited to attend the forum.

August 2014 Invited to attend the National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium 2014

August 2014 Our paper Hardware-Software Collaboration for Secure Coexistence with Kernel Extensions will appear at the ACM Applied Computing Review Journal – Fall 2014 issue. With Bowdoin undergraduate students Nick Wetzel’14, Max Bucci’15 and Jesus Navarro’13.

July 2014 PC member IEEE International Conference on Big Data and Cloud Computing (IEEE BDCloud) 2014

July 2014 PC member AsiaCCS 2015 (ACM Symposium on Information, Computer and Communications Security)

July 2014 I am one of the organizers of the 2015 National Academy of Engineers (NAE) US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium and also one of the organizers of the Cyber Security Panel in the 2015 Symposium.

June 2014 Paper accepted at NSPW 2014 with Bowdoin undergraduate student Marissa Rosenthal’14.

May 2014 Selected to attend the National Academy of Engineers (NAE) US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium 2014.

May 2014 PC member ACSAC 2014 (Annual Computer Security Applications Conference). Consider submitting great papers!

April 2014 Incredible honor to have received the PECASE 2012 at Washington DC! NSF reception | White House blog

April 2014 SecLab students Marissa Rosenthal’14 and Nick Wetzel’14 attend the Eurosys 2014.

March 2014 I have officially accepted a position as an Associate Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Florida starting fall 2014.

January 2014 Paper accepted at Eurosys 2014Balancing Security Isolation and Coordination in a Multi-Process Library OS. With OSCAR Lab (Don Porter CS Dept/Stony Brook) and Bowdoin student Harry Kalodner ’14.

January 2014 Paper accepted at the 5th Workshop on SoCs, Heterogeneous Architectures and Workloads (SHAW-5, with HPCA-20). Trustworthy SoC Architecture with On-Demand Security Policies and HW-SW Cooperation (Extended Abstract). With Yier Jin (University of Central Florida)

January 2014 PC member AsiaCCS-SCC’14 (The 2nd International Workshop on Security in Cloud Computing)

January 2014 PC member (New Security Paradigms Workshop) NSPW 2014. Consider submitting great papers!

December 2013 I am so honored to be awarded the 2012 United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama.

December 2013 PC member ASIACCS 2014

November 2013 Paper accepted at the ACM SAC 2014 (http://www.acm.org/conferences/sac/sac2014/) – Security Track. Ianus: Secure and Holistic Coexistence with Kernel Extensions – A Immune System-inspired Approach. With Bowdoin students Jesus Navarro ’13, Nick Wetzel ’14, and Max Bucci ’15.

October 2013 PC member DIMVA 2014. Consider submitting great papers!

October 2013 Poster accepted at ACM SOSP with the Oscar Lab (Don Porter, CS Dept/Stony Brook) and Harry Kalodner’14. Graphene: Secure Multi-Processing in a Library OS.

October 2013 Talk at the University of Central Florida: Secure and Holistic Coexistence with Kernel Extensions – A Immune System-inspired Approach

September 2013 My students Nick Wetzel’14 and Max Bucci’15  summer research work was selected to be presented at the Bowdoin President’s Science Symposium.

July 2013 Invited talk at AT&T Research New York: Secure and Holistic Coexistence with Kernel Extensions – A Immune System-inspired Approach

May 2013 SecLab students Harry Kalodner’14, Megan Maher’16, Nicole Morin’16 and Max Bucci’15  attend the IEEE Security and Privacy conference in San FranciscoMay 2013) Justin Cappos (Computer Science Department/NYU Poly) gives a talk a Bowdoin: Seattle: Harnessing Community Resources for Cloud Computing

May 2013 Invited talk at the NSF/CISE CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop. University of Texas at Arlington. May 17: Leveraging your Strengths and Challenges into a Winning Proposal.

May 2013 PC CNS-SPCC 2013 International Workshop in Security and Privacy in Cloud Computing (http://www.cs.cityu.edu.hk/~congwang/spcc13/index.html#program). Consider submitting great papers!

April 2013 Anna Squicciarini (College of Information Sciences and Technology/Penn State) gives a talk at the CS Dept at Bowdoin: Privacy-Conscious Information Sharing in Online Social Media Sites

April 2013 My students Megan Maher and Nicole Morin were awarded the IEEE  Symposium on Security and Privacy Travel Grant to attend the conference.

March 2013 PC ACSAC 2013 (http://www.acsac.org). Consider submitting great papers!

December 2012 PC – New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW) http://www.nspw.org/cfp/flyer_NSPW_2013.pdf. Consider submitting great papers!

November 2012 Engin Kirda (CS/Northeastern University) gives a talk at the CS Department: A Security Analysis of Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud Service

November 2012 Invited talk at the CS Department Brown University: Holographic Vulnerability Studies: Vulnerabilities as Fractures of Interpretation as Information Flows Across Abstraction Boundaries

October 2012 Stephanie Forrest (CS/UNM) gives a talk at the CS Department: Biological Models for Software Security

October 2012 Research featured at the NSF Bits and Bytes Newsletter:


October 2012 NSPW paper with Jed Crandall selected to appear at NSPW Experience panel at ACSAC (Annual Computer Security Applications) conference 2012. (http://www.acsac.org/2012/openconf/modules/request.php?module=oc_program&action=program.php)

October 2012 Speaker and panelist at the NSF Workshop for Aspiring PIs in Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/Workshops/Aspiring/).

Video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjCPFthGIWQ

September 2012 My student Ivy Xing on the academic spotlight: http://www.bowdoindailysun.com/2012/09/c-s-student-analyzes-trust-in-online-relationships/

August 2012 The new Bowdoin Cyber Security Lab

August 2012 Computer Security at the Bowdoin Science Experience (BSE)

June 2012 Paper accepted at NSPW (New Security Paradigms Workshop) 2012.

June 2012 PC Member – IEEE International Conference on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing (http://cpscom.univ-fcomte.fr/)

May 2012 Invited talk at the CS Dept. University of New Mexico (OS-Virtual Machine Collaboration: Improving Introspection to Bridge the Semantic Gap)

May 2012 My student Jesus Navarro in the academic spotlight: http://www.bowdoin.edu/news/archives/1bowdoincampus/009445.shtml

May 2012 Site chair – IEEE CS Security and Privacy Workshops (SPW)

April 2012 Academic spotlight: http://www.bowdoin.edu/news/archives/1academicnews/009409.shtml

April 2012 Jed Crandall from CS/UNM gives a talk at the CS Department (Don’t trust a Network that Do not Trust You).

April 2012 My student Jesus Navarro (class of 2013) was selected to receive the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 2012 travel grant to attend the conference.

April 2012 Paper accepted at the 2nd Workshop on Semantic Computing for Security and Privacy (WSCS 2012) – Co-located with IEEE Security & Privacy 2012. With students Jesus Navarro (class of 2013) and Enrique Naudon (class of 2011).

March 2012 Invited talk at the NSF CISE CAREER Workshop (http://dasl.mem.drexel.edu/nsfcise2012/index.html)

February 2012 PC member: 2nd Workshop on Semantic Computing for Security and Privacy (WSCS 2012) – Co-located with IEEE Security & Privacy 2012.

January 2012 I am very honored to receive the NSF CAREER Award 2012 (http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1149730)

January 2012 Selected to receive NSF travel grant to attend the CRA Career Mentoring Workshop

December 2011 Invited to write a chapter (Technical Foundations of Systems Security) for the Third Edition of the Computer Science Handbook. Chapman & Hall/CRC ACM. Editor-in-Chief Allen Tucker. Expected 2013.

September 2011 PC member: 32nd International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS 2012). Consider submitting great papers!

August 2011 Bowdoin Academic Spotlight (08/11): http://www.bowdoin.edu/news/archives/1academicnews/008703.shtml

July 2011 Two papers accepted at the IEEE International Workshop on Semantics, Security and Privacy.

July 2011 Invited paper at the International Workshop on Issues and Challenges in Social Computing.

April 2011 Talk at Colby College (Computer Science Department)

February 2011 Incredible honor to receive Don Knuth in my office and in my Computer Security class.

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