Lucas Ballard
Lucas Ballard
Formerly of the
Computer Science Department
Whiting School of Engineering
The Johns Hopkins University

I received my Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 2008. I was fortunate enough to be advised by Fabian Monrose. I was a member of the Security and Privacy Applied Research (SPAR) lab. Before Hopkins I studied Computer Science and Mathematics at Brandeis University.

I am interested in applied computer security. Most of my research has been devoted to studying applications that rely (explicitly or implicitly) on differences in human behavior to achieve some notion of security. Our studies of biometrics and VoIP have shown that these differences are not large enough to offer sufficient security in certain situations.

I have graduated and have since moved on to pursue similar interests.


  • Ph.D. Computer Science, The Johns Hopkins University, 2008
  • M.S.E. Computer Science, The Johns Hopkins University, 2006
  • M.S. Security Informatics, The Johns Hopkins University, 2004
  • B.S. Computer Science, Mathematics, Brandeis University, 2003
Last Updated: April 4, 2018