Engin Kirda


Current Research Projects (NSF, Navy, DARPA, Company-Funded)

  • DISCLOSURE: Automatic Botnet Identification
  • FIRMALICE: Embedded Software Security
  • DarkDroid: Identifying malicious activity in the Android App Market
  • ZIGZAG: Secure Execution of Client-Side Web Application Components
  • Teaching Systems Security using an interactive platform
  • Detecting Malicious Activity in Enterprise Networks

Research Interests

Systems, software and network security (with focus on Web security, binary analysis, malware detection).


  • BS/MS in Computer Sciencec | Technical University of Vienna
  • PhD in Computer Science | Technical University of Vienna

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Engin Kirda holds the posts of professor of Computer Science at Northeastern University in Boston and director of the Northeastern Information Assurance Institute. Before that, he held faculty positions at Institute Eurecom in the French Riviera and the Technical University of Vienna where he co-founded the Secure Systems Lab that is now distributed over five institutions in Europe and the U.S. Dr. Kirda’s recent research has focused on malware analysis (e.g., Anubis, Exposure, and Fire) and detection, web application security, and practical aspects of social networking security. He co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed scholarly publications and served on the program committees of numerous well-known international conferences and workshops. Dr. Kirda was the program chair of the International Symposium on Recent Advances in Intrusion Detection (RAID) in 2009, the program chair of the European Workshop on Systems Security (Eurosec) in 2010 and 2011, the program chair of the well-known USENIX Workshop on Large Scale Exploits and Emergent Threats in 2012, and the program chair of the security flagship conference Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS) in 2015. In the past, Dr. Kirda has consulted the European Commission on emerging threats, and recently gave a Congressional Briefing in Washington D.C. on advanced malware attacks and cyber-security. He also spoke at SXSW Interactive 2015 about “Malware in the Wild” and at Blackhat 2015. Besides his roles at Northeastern, Dr. Kirda is a co-founder of Lastline, Inc., a Silicon-Valley based company that specializes in the detection and prevention of advanced targeted malware.

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