Faculty Experts - Henry Carter, PhD

Henry Carter, PhD

Henry Carter, PhD
Assistant Professor
Computing Sciences 
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Areas of Expertise:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Cryptography
  • Secure Mobile Applications
  • Network Security 


With cyberattacks increasing in number and severity, improved cybersecurity is one of the most vital needs of our digitally-connected world. Dr. Carter researches and has expertise in cybersecurity, with a specific focus on greater protection for mobile applications. He is adept at explaining the technological intricacies of the digital domain in a clear, concise manner.


  • Ph.D.              Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.S.                Georgia Institute of Technology
  • B.S.                 Belmont University

Selected Publications

  •  H. Carter, B. Mood, P. Traynor, K. Butler. Secure Outsourced Garbled Circuit Evaluation for Mobile Devices. Journal of Computer Security (JCS),24(2):137-180, 2016.
  •  E. Shernan, H. Carter, D. Tian, P. Traynor, K. Butler, “More Guidelines Than Rules: CSRF Vulnerabilities from Noncompliant OAuth 2.0 Implementations,” Conference publication,  Proceedings of the International Conference on Detection of Intrusions & Malware, and Vulnerability Assessment (DIMVA), July 2015.        
  • N. Scaife, H. Carter, P. Traynor, K. Butler. “CryptoLock (and Drop It): Stopping Ransomware Attacks on User Data,” Conference publication, Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS), June 2016.


Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Florida
  • Guest Lecturer, Instructor of Record, Co-Instructor, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Sandia National Laboratories, Center for Cyber Defenders Intern
  • National Security Agency, Computer Science Internship Program Intern

Research Interests

  • Developing efficient secure multiparty computation protocols for mobile applications: applied cryptography, secure mobile applications, privacy-preserving computation. 

About Villanova

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