I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I lead the Secure & Transparent Systems Laboratory. My research confronts a broad array of issues in computer security including operating systems, cloud computing, and network communications, as well as both mobile and embedded devices. My recent work has evaluated the safety of mobile applications, introduced mechanisms that defend against USB-based attacks, and designed security-enhanced provenance-aware systems that are capable of reliably tracking and explaining system intrusions.

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Florida, where I was advised by Professor Kevin Butler and a founding graduate student of the Florida Institute for Cybersecurity. My dissertation work was in the area of data provenance, particularly the construction of secure provenance-aware systems. I obtained my M.Sc in Computer Science at the University of Oregon, and bachelors degrees in Computer Science and English Literature from the University of Maryland.

Note: We are building a world-class security research group at the University of Illinois. If you are a motivated student with an interest in security, I would be interested in speaking with you. Please see the STS Lab's recruitment page for more information.

Recent News

6 November, 2018
Our paper, "NoDoze: Combatting Threat Alert Fatigue with Automated Provenance Triage," will appear at the 26th ISOC Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS'19).

1 October, 2018
The University of Illinois is preparing to deploy mandatory campus-wide Two Factor Authentication for all university students. Today, the Daily Illini published a piece on the new security measures that includes commentary from me. You can access the article here.

13 September, 2018
Riccardo Paccagnella, a Masters student in the Secure & Transparent Systems Lab, has been inducted into the 2019 Class of the Siebel Scholars program! Established in 2000 by the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, the Siebel Scholars program awards grants to 16 universities in the United States, China, France, Italy and Japan.

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