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SSAB to Host Expert on Making Secure IT Systems User-Friendly

February 9, 2022

Professional headshot of Dr. Lorrie CranorWashington, DC – On Wednesday, February 16, from 4 to 5:15 pm, the Board will host its seventh and final session in its Systems Speaker Series: “Making Secure Systems Easy for the Public to Use.”

Lorrie Cranor, DSc, professor and director of the CyLab Security and Privacy Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, will present findings from her research on IT systems security, privacy, and usability. Specifically, Dr. Cranor will discuss users’ problems when interacting with authentication systems, privacy choice interfaces, and other security and privacy tools. She will also explain the implications of her approach for public policy and administration.

Register for the Public Session on ZoomGov

Since January 2021, the Board has hosted six virtual events on IT systems issues critical to SSA’s IT modernization success. To help educate the Board and public, ten other experts have participated in Systems Speaker Series sessions covering IT acquisition, cybersecurity, customer experience, legacy systems, identity authentication, and a historical overview of SSA’s IT modernization. Visit the Systems Speaker Series webpage to watch these sessions and download associated presentations.



The Board is committed to ensuring all sessions are accessible to the public. Public sessions will be recorded with live closed captioning. To request an accommodation, please email The Board can meet requests more effectively if notice is provided at least three business days before the event.

The Board’s mission is to advise the President, Congress, and Commissioner of Social Security on the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs. The Board is comprised of Presidential and Congressional appointees with professional staff.