Mahmood Sharif

Mahmood Sharif




I am a researcher in the NortonLifeLock Research Group and an adjunct research fellow in the Institute for Software Research and the CyLab Security and Privacy Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. My research interests are in the areas of computer security and privacy, machine learning, and human factors.

I received my Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, where I was a member of CyLab and CUPS. I received my B.Sc. (via the Etgar/“Challenge" program) and M.Sc. (summa cum laude) degrees in Computer Science from the University of Haifa.


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"On the Suitability of $L_p$-norms for Creating and Preventing Adversarial Examples." The Bright and Dark Sides of Computer Vision: Challenges and Opportunities for Privacy and Security (CVPRW). 2018.

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"Self-Confidence Trumps Knowledge: A Cross-Cultural Study of Security Behavior." ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). 2017. Equal contribution by the first two authors.



I have/had the pleasure to serve on the following program committees:

  • European Workshop on Usable Security: 2018, 2019.
  • IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P) Student PC: 2018.
  • Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium: 2021.
  • Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test: 2019.
  • Workshop on NLP for Internet Freedom: 2018, 2019.
  • Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society: 2018.
  • Workshop on Towards Trustworthy ML: 2020.


I enjoy playing different kinds of sports (mainly soccer, but also squash, basketball, volleyball, softball, and others). Feel free to send me a challenge or invite me to join a game sometime. :-)