Hailing from Sacramento, CA, Claire Taylor is currently a PhD student at the University of Arizona and computer security researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Her academic background includes a BS in Computer Science from California State University, Chico, and a JD from the James E. Rodgers College of Law at the University of Arizona. Claire works primarily with Christian Collberg conducting research on reverse engineering and methodology in computer security research. Her latest research may be viewed at revenge.cs.arizona.edu. Professionally, Claire joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 2012, where she works in computer security research. Of note is her work on the Cyber Fire capture-the-flag program in conjunction with Los Alamos National Laboratory. Claire also enjoys many different hobbies, from bicycling (she participates in the El Tour de Tucson annually) and hiking Arizona and California's rugged mountains to metalwork and gardening, among many, many others. As a transgender woman, she is also active in the LGBT communities in Southern Arizona and Northern California.
Claire has worked in many different research areas, from water law to distributed big-data systems. Primarily, she works in computer security, specializing initially in network and web application security before focusing on reverse engineering and research methods in computer security. Her other active areas of interest include computer security and the law, data visualization, and risk analysis in computer security.
What long-term project do you want to work on?
Claire's primary project currently is RevEngE: The Reverse Engineering Engine. This project aims to classify the strength of code obfuscation and reverse engineering techniques by serving obfuscated code to experts to deobfuscate, measuring their success and monitoring their methods. The project further aims to develop computer security research methods by developing software which can be used to examine how human subjects complete computer security related tasks.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Claire is a builder at heart; she loves spending long hours designing, building, testing, optimizing, and running software; developing novel methods to solve difficult problems; or physically building things. She does all of these things in the course of her work, with the University of Arizona in the forementioned research projects, at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and just in her free time when engaging in hobbies.
What are your career goals?
Following graduation, Claire anticipates continuing work at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in computer security and legal matters.
Tell us something interesting about yourself!
Claire has traveled extensively. To date, she has been to 6 continents, spending time in upwards of 45 countries. She has also visited 32 states within the USA. Some of her favorite places include New Orleans, Louisiana; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and the Loire Valley, France. However, she prefers her beautiful state of Arizona over every place she has visited.