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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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.”

CMU Engineering

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).

CMU Engineering

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.


Sekar and Rowe co-direct the Secure and Private Internet of Things Initiative

CyLab/ECE’s Vyas Sekar and Anthony Rowe will co-direct the Secure and Private Internet of Things Initiative. They will work on this initiative with CMU faculty and students, Amazon Web Services, Infineon Technologies, and Nokia Bell Labs. They aim to make the Internet of Things more secure by developing both hardware and software. The work created through this initiative will be released under permissive open-source licenses.


Vyas Sekar discusses skills gap in cybersecurity

CNBC intereviewed Vyas Sekar on his discussion of the skills gap in cybersecurity and how the field is recruiting those with general analytical skills.

The Register

Sekar and team discover internet vulnerabilities

ECE’s Vyas Sekar and his collaborators discovered that third-party service providers that manage website traffic are keenly vulnerable to security attacks due to lack of redundant networks.

CMU Engineering

CONIX Center

The CONIX Center is creating the architecture for networked computing to better connect edge devices to the cloud in the IoT.