We have a strong group of faculty whose research is widely recognized for advancing the foundations of security and privacy, building provably-secure systems, and developing new programming languages and tools to aid the construction of secure software. The goal of our group is to provide a scientific understanding of the sources of insecurity in computer systems, and to apply this understanding to the construction of new software and systems that come with guarantees about how they will behave when under attack.

Security and privacy are concerns that cut across all subdisciplines in Computer Science, so we continually work closely with researchers from other areas to find new challenges and opportunities. As a result, our research covers a broad range of topics, including authentication, language-based security, secure information flow, system and network security, cryptographic protocols, privacy, and mechanisms for accountability and transparency. However, our work on these topics is united by the view that security is impossible to achieve without a solid footing in rigorous techniques, precise definitions, and an appreciation of the nuances in real systems that are oftentimes at the core of these problems. 

Faculty working in this area:

Last First Title Emailsort descending
Aldrich Jonathan Professor
Crary Karl Associate Professor; Director of Doctoral Programs
Datta Anupam Associate Professor, CSD, ECE
Brumley David Affiliated Faculty
Andersen David Professor
Skarlatos Dimitrios Assistant Professor
Pfenning Frank Professor
Garlan David Associate Dean for Masters Programs; Professor
Fanti Giulia Assistant Professor
Hoffmann Jan Associate Professor
Sherry Justine Assistant Professor
Wing Jeannette Adjunct Faculty
Maxion Roy Research Professor
Blum Manuel University Professor, Emeritus
Fredrikson Matt Associate Professor
O'Donnell Ryan Professor
Parno Bryan Associate Professor
Steenkiste Peter Professor of Computer Science & Electrical and Computer Engineering
Shi Elaine Associate Professor
Harper Robert Professor
Satyanarayanan Mahadev Carnegie Group University Professor of Computer Science
Sekar Vyas Assistant Professor
Wang Weina Assistant Professor
Zheng Wenting Assistant Professor
Agarwal Yuvraj Affiliated Faculty; Associate Professor
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