Research @ CyLab

CyLab approaches security and privacy research with a cross-disciplinary, holistic mindset. To get security and privacy right, we have to think beyond the traditional boundaries of engineering and computer science. We have to look further into the human factors that make security and privacy usable as well as the economics and social sciences behind the decisions people make with technology. We have to understand the policy ideas that power the network safety of private and public enterprises. Security and privacy affects every walk of life, from the operator ensuring the resiliency of a city’s electric grid to a child learning to read using a tablet.

Explore our research topic areas below, or learn about our research centers.

Biometrics research area Cryptography research area Formal methods research area
Hardware security research area Machine learning research area Network security research area
Privacy research area Software security research area Usability research area



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Want to do research in CyLab?

If you're a student eager to research security and privacy with CyLab, it's important to know that you cannot apply to CyLab directly.

  • Current CMU students: we encourage you to reach out to any CyLab faculty member(s) you are interested in conducting research with. 
  • Non-CMU students: We encourage you to apply to any one of Carnegie Mellon’s degree programs and specify your interest in security and privacy in your application.