Sean W. Smith

Dartmouth Site Lead, Professor
Dartmouth College

Professor Sean W. Smith is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth College and is the Research Director of Dartmouth's Institute for Security, Technology and Society. He has been working in information security—attacks and defenses, for industry and government—since before there was a Web. In graduate school, he worked with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service on postal meter fraud; as a postdoc and staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he performed security reviews, designs, analyses, and briefings for a wide variety of public-sector clients; at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, he designed the security architecture for (and helped code and test) the IBM 4758 secure coprocessor, and then led the formal modeling and verification work that earned it the world’s first FIPS 140-1 Level 4 security validation. Smith has published over ninety refereed papers, been granted over a dozen patents, and advised over three dozen Ph.D., M.S., and senior honors theses. His security architecture is used in thousands of financial, e-commerce, and rights management installations worldwide.

Leadership Role:
  • Site Lead