TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Newsmaker: Ashwini Rao

Ashwini Rao Rao will present findings from research she led on how grammar affects password security to an Association for Computing Machinery conference on Feb. 20 in San Antonio She is the newsmaker for Feb. 14, 2013,
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 11:33 p.m.
 

Noteworthy: Rao will present findings from research she led on how grammar affects password security to an Association for Computing Machinery conference on Feb. 20 in San Antonio.

Age: 32

Residence: Shadyside

Family: Husband, Birendra Jha

Occupation: Rao is a software engineering doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon University.

Background: Rao worked as an engineer at Appian Corp. in Reston, Va., and Qualcomm Inc. in San Diego, as well as a researcher and teaching assistant at CMU. A research team led by Ashwini developed a password-cracking algorithm that took into account grammar and tested it against more than 1,400 passwords containing at least 16 letters. Using a phrase or short sentence might make a password easier for users to remember, but proper grammatical structure also narrows possible combinations and sequences of words, research showed.

Education: Bachelor's degree from the University of Mysore in India and master's degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay and CMU

Quote: “I've seen password policies that say, ‘Use five words.' Well, if four of those words are pronouns, they don't add much security.”

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Allegheny

  1. Kids treated to gifts, peaceful holiday party at Lincoln-Lemington church
  2. Pittsburgh police break up customer fights over Air Jordan 11 shoes
  3. Christmas in Western Pa. predicted to be ‘slightly white’
  4. Pittsburgh adjusting to new bicycle lane, ‘stop boxes’
  5. Icy roads, cold causing school delays, wrecks in Western Pa.
  6. Newsmaker: Patrick Juola
  7. Brashear High ‘little libraries’ program rolls out
  8. Butler legislator gives weekly GOP address
  9. Motivation in slaying of Penn Hills couple remains unclear
  10. Pittsburgh Public Schools adopts no-tax-increase budget for 2015
  11. Second African penguin chick hatches at National Aviary
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.