Daniel Zappala


I direct the Internet Research Lab, where we conduct research on networking, security, and usability. Much of our research is done jointly with the Internet Security Research Lab, led by Kent Seamons. We are often looking for good undergraduate and graduate students interested in solving challenging problems in this area; please feel free to contact me if you are interested, using my email address on the left. See my research page for more details.


For many years I have taught courses in Computer Networking and Internet Programming. Recently I have begun teaching Web Programming and will start teaching courses in Security. See my teaching page for more details.

Open Source Software and Research Artifacts

I am a regular user and writer of open source software. I run Linux natively on all my systems and have spent a number of years mentoring students in independent open source projects. I believe creating open source software -- both in my research and in service to the community -- is at the heart of BYU's mission.

I am a strong believer that all scientists should publish their research artifacts with every publication. This includes releasing source code, documentation, data, scripts, user-study guides, survey text, and so forth. We are increasing our efforts to provide all materials needed to replicate our research whenever we publish a paper.

Professional and Community Service

I currently serve as the Publicity Coordinator for ACSAC. In the past I have served on the Technical Program Commitee for NOSSDAV, IFIP Networking, and IEEE Infocom for a number of years. I have also chaired the Family History Technology Workshop.

I served on the planning commission and city council of Cedar Hills for a combined seven years. I also spent several years on the board of the Lone Peak Public Safety District and Utah Valley Dispatch. If you are at all interested in serving politically, I would be happy to talk to you about it.

Reforming Software Patents

Software patents are threatening innovation, particularly for small businesses and entrepreneurs. See this EFF page for a good overview of the issues. Listen to When Patents Attack! Part One and Part Two by This American Life and Planet Money.

Get Involved

Contact me at daniel.zappala@gmail.com for research or coding opportunities.