Nicolas Christin

Associate Research Professor – EPP Assistant Research Professor – CyLab Courtesy Professor – ECE
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Office 2108 Collaborative Innovation Center
Telephone (412)-268-4432
Assistant Brittany Frost

Research Interests

Nicolas Christin's research interests are in computer and information systems security. Most of his work is at the boundary of systems, networking and policy research. Topics that Nicolas is currently actively pursuing include online crime modeling, audit games, usable security, and security economics.

In the News

  • Is "password1!" a good password?
  • Christin’s research featured in Fortune
  • Christin quoted in CNN on dark web illegal weapons trade
  • NATO partners with CyLab to increase password security
  • Christin comments on dark web dealings in The Economist
  • NATO partners with CyLab to increase password security
  • Users’ perceptions of password security do not always match reality
  • Bauer, Christin, and Cranor’s password research receives high acclaim
  • Christin quoted in WIRED on Dark Web drug trade
  • WIRED quotes Christin on the Dark Web's next black market king
  • CyLab researchers touch on issues of cybersecurity, privacy and online crime at USENIX
  • Christin quoted on Dark Web resilience and smart contracts
  • Christin quoted in Daily Dot on the New Crypto Wars
  • Christin quoted in Motherboard on Bitcoin use in crises
  • Christin speaks to CNBC on Silk Road's most popular drugs
  • ECE focus: computer security and privacy
  •  Nicolas  Christin

    Carnegie Mellon, 2005

    Research Area

    Computer Systems


    Computer security, network security, online crime, security economics, usable security, algorithmic applications of game theory


    PhD, 2003
    Computer Science
    University of Virginia

    MCS, 2000
    Computer Science
    University of Virginia