Virgil D. Gligor is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Gligor received his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, he was a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland (1976 – 2007). Gligor was a visiting professor at University of Cambridge (1999), ETH Zurich (2005), EPF Lausanne (2006), and a research professor at Singapore Management University and University of Maryland (2008-2011). He was a consultant to the Burroughs (1977-1981) and IBM (1984-1999) corporations, and has served on Microsoft’s Trusted Computing Academic Advisory Board (since 2002), SAP’s Security Advisory Board (since 2011), and Queen’s University Belfast CSIT Advisory Board (since 2012).

For nearly four decades, Professor Gligor’s research interests have ranged from access control mechanisms, penetration analysis, and denial-of-service protection to cryptographic protocols and applied cryptography. His research addresses problems of trustworthy computing in the presence of an active adversary (e.g., malware, malicious insiders) and next generation secure Internet.

Gligor served the profession as the chair or co-chair of several conferences and symposia, including the ACM Computer and Communication Security Conference, IEEE Security and Privacy Symposium, the Internet Society’s Network and Distributed Systems Security Symposium, the IEEE Dependable Computing for Critical Applications, and IEEE-ACM Symposium on Reliability in Distributed Software and Databases. Gligor was an editorial board member of several IEEE and ACM journals, and the editor in chief of the IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing.

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) named Gligor as the recipient of its 2011 Outstanding Innovation Award for security and privacy research. The award, bestowed by ACM’s Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control, recognized Gligor’s innovations in secure operating systems as well as covert channel analysis, intrusion detection, and secure wireless sensor networks. Gligor also received the 2006 National Information Security Award for pioneering research in information security, an award jointly given by the National Security Agency and National Institute of Standards and Technology in the US. In 2013, Gligor received the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award for pioneering work and leadership in the area of computer and network security.

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1976 Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

1973 MS, University of California, Berkeley

1972 BS, University of California, Berkeley

Media mentions

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Zero Trust in 'Zero Trust'

In a new tech report, Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Virgil Gligor explains why the U.S. Government’s plan to implement zero-trust architectures leaves much to be desired.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

First round of Future Enterprise Security Initiative funded projects announced

CyLab’s Future Enterprise Security Initiative is underway as the first round of funded proposals has been announced.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

A big step towards cybersecurity’s holy grail

The trek towards the holy grail of cybersecurity—a user-friendly computing environment where the guarantee of security is as strong as a mathematical proof—is making big strides.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Virgil Gligor inducted to the Cybersecurity Hall of Fame

CyLab’s Virgil Gligor was formally inducted into the Cybersecurity Hall of Fame this week at the Arundel Preserve Hotel in Hanover, Maryland.


Gligor and Woo receive distinguished paper award at NDSS Symposium 2019

CyLab’s Virgil Gligor and Maverick Woo received the distinguished paper award at the Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS) Symposium in San Diego, California.

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CyLab’s Gligor and Woo receive Distinguished Paper Award for breakthrough result on establishing “root of trust”

In a breakthrough study, “Establishing Root of Trust Unconditionally,” CyLab researchers Virgil Gligor and Maverick Woo present a test that can be run on any computing device to show whether the device has been infected with malware or not.