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Engin Kirda

202 West Village H
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


Professor Kirda is director of the Information Assurance Program, a joint PhD offered by the Khoury College of Computer Sciences and the College of Engineering. Professor Kirda was previously awarded the inaugural Sy and Laurie Sternberg Interdisciplinary Chaired Professorship.  Previously he was on the faculty of the Networking and Security Department at Institute Eurecom in France, and computer science faculty at Technical University of Vienna.  

Professor Kirda’s research focuses on security issues with the potential to affect a large number of people. He is the co-founder and co-director of the International Secure Systems Lab, a collaborative effort of European and U.S. researchers focused on Web security, malware and vulnerability analysis, intrusion detection, and other computer security issues. The lab is well known in industry and academia for developing tools such as Anubis, which analyzes malware; FIRE (FInding RoguE Networks), which determines whether an Internet service provider has been hacked; and Pixy, which conducts vulnerability assessments for web pages.


  • PhD, Technical University of Vienna, 2002

Research & Scholarship Interests

Malware analysis and detection; web security; social network security; reverse engineering; intrusion detection
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Selected Publications

  • M. Weissbacher, W. Robertson, E. Kirda, C. Kruegel, G. Vigna, ZigZag: Automatically Hardening Web Applications Against Client-side Validation Vulnerabilities, In USENIX Security Symposium, Washington DC, 2015
  • C. Mulliner, W. Robertson, E. Kirda, Hidden GEMs: Automated Discovery of Access Control Vulnerabilities in Graphical User Interfaces, In IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P), San Jose, CA, 2014
  • S. Le Blonde, A. Uritesc, C. Gilbert, Z. Leong Chua, P. Saxena, E. Kirda, Look at Targeted Attacks through the Lense of an NGO, In USENIX Security Symposium, San Diego, CA, 2014
  • K. Onarlioglu, C. Mulliner, W. Robertson, E. Kirda, PrivExec: Private Execution as an Operating System Service, In IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P), San Francisco, CA, 2013
  • L. Bilge, E. Kirda, C. Kruegel, M. Balduzzi, EXPOSURE: Finding Malicious Domains Using Passive DNS Analysis, In Network and Distributed Systems Security Symposium (NDSS) San Diego, CA, 2011
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