Vyas Sekar is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and is affiliated with the CyLab Security and Privacy Institute. His research is at the intersection of networking, security, and systems. Sekar's current research focuses on systems for accelerating the deployment of innovative network middleboxes, and designing content distribution mechanisms to improve user experience. He has been the recipient of mulitple awards, including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2016.

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Network Security: Making the Internet a Safer Place

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2010 Ph.D., Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

2003 BS, Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Chennai


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Scott Institute

CMU Engineering faculty awarded Scott Institute seed grants

Eight research projects lead by CMU Engineering faculty have been awarded 2020 Seed Grants for Energy Research by the Scott Institue for Energy Innovation.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Second round of Secure and Private IoT Initiative funded projects announced

Carnegie Mellon CyLab’s Secure and Private IoT Initiative (IoT@CyLab) has announced its second round of funding, which will support ten IoT-related projects for one year.


Sekar offers insight on “juice jacking” threat

Officials around the country are warning travelers of a potential threat known as “juice jacking,” where unsuspecting travelers in need of charge for their devices plug into a manipulated charging station. While no actual cases have yet been reporter, ECE/CyLab’s Vyas Sekar told WTAE News, “What we know is the risk is real.”

The New York Times

CyLab’s Sekar warns about “juice jacking”

As a busy holiday travel season approaches, law enforcement agencies are warning about “juice jacking,” the latest way criminals can hack your accounts. Juice jacking occurs when unsuspecting users plug their devices into USB ports or use USB cables that contain malware. ECE/CyLab’s Vyas Sekar told the The New York Times that “there is a risk” in charging your devices at public charging stations.

CMU Engineering

Protecting 3D printers from attackers

CyLab’s researchers have developed a tool to identify security risks of networked 3D printers.

Pittsburgh Business Times

CMU aims to develop privacy and security systems for Internet of Things

CyLab has recently announced its funded projects for the Secure and Private Internet of Things (IoT) Initiative. According to CyLab/ECE’s Vyas Sekar, the initiative aims to address security and privacy risks associated with IoT “before it’s too late.”

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Working with big data just got easier

Daehyeok Kim developed FreeFlow, an open-sourced software-based solution that unites two techniques that minimize disruption of cloud servers' central processing units (CPUs).

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

First round of Secure and Private IoT Initiative funded projects announced

CyLab’s Secure and Private IoT Initiative (IoT@CyLab) has broken ground as the first round of funded proposals have been announced. Twelve selected projects will be funded for one year, and results will be presented at the IoT@CyLab annual summit next year.

Sekar on automated visitor security systems

ECE/CyLab’s Vyas Sekar was interviewed by NBC News about the safety and privacy of automated visitor security systems, which are replacing receptionists and security guards in businesses, schools, hotels, and hospitals. “If these systems are not secured and a company does not have the right security practices in place, then that’s a big security risk," Sekar said.

The Star Online

Sekar offers cybersecurity advice for travelers

A recent article by the The Star Online pinpointed airport WiFi as a major source of vulnerability for many travelers and turned to ECE/CyLab’s Vyas Sekar for tips to stay safe.

CMU Engineering

As advertised? Exposing lies about VPN locations

A strange observation led a CyLab researcher to figure out how to detect when VPN services are lying about their location.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Sekar on ransomware attacks and cybersecurity

ECE/CyLab’s Vyas Sekar was interviewed about the March 2017 ransomware attack on the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus. Attacks from hackers are increasingly common among public sector agencies and businesses, which are faced with the choice to pay the ransom or not. “There is a possibility that paying the ransom is the cheaper option, but the FBI says it sets a bad precedent for future incidents, and you are more likely to be attacked again,” Sekar said.