Vyas Sekar is a 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. 

Sekar received his Ph.D. from the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University in 2010. He has been the recipient of multiple awards, including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2016. He earned his bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, where he was awarded the President of India Gold Medal. His work has been recognized with best paper awards at ACM SIGCOMM, ACM CoNext, and ACM Multimedia. In addition to being a professor of electrical and computer engineering, Sekar is affiliated with the CyLab Security and Privacy Institute.

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Network Security: Making the Internet a Safer Place

Improving Video Streaming


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

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


Media mentions

Pittsburgh Business Times

Sekar quoted on supply chain security

CyLab/ECE’s Vyas Sekar was quoted in the Pittsburgh Business Times on supply chain security. 

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Cisco announces strategic partnership with Carnegie Mellon CyLab

The mission of Cisco Research, the research arm of multinational tech leader Cisco Systems, is to foster research collaborations with “the best university researchers in the field.” Thus, the company has announced a new partnership with Carnegie Mellon University CyLab.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Protect your security and privacy with these tips from CyLab faculty

In celebration of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a collection of CyLab faculty have shared some tips they recommend following to stay safe online.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Yinglian Xie receives 2021 CyLab Distinguished Alumni Award

The co-founder and CEO of security company DataVisor has been selected to receive the 2021 CyLab Distinguished Alumni Award.


Sekar quoted on cyber security infrastructure funding

ECE/CyLab’s Vyas Sekar was quoted in WESA about the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that was recently approved by the U.S. Senate. The bill includes funding to help the country resist cyber attacks, but cyber security’s complexity means it will be difficult.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

CyLab researchers discover novel class of vehicle cyberattacks

The new class of vulnerabilities was disclosed in a new study presented at last month’s IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy, held virtually.


Sekar interviewed about hacking

ECE/CyLab’s Vyas Sekar was interviewed by TechRepublic about the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack by the hacker group Darkside.

CMU College of Engineering

Engineering faculty awarded professorships

ECE faculty Franz Franchetti, Gianluca Piazza, Shawn Blanton, Maysam Chamanzar, and Vyas Sekar were awarded professorship titles in April and May 2021.

Popular Mechanics

Sekar and Kumar quoted on security

CyLab/ECE’s Vyas Sekar and Swarun Kumar were quoted in Popular Mechanics on how outdated technology could pose a security risk.

Bank Info Security

Sekar quoted on cyber attacks

ECE’s Vyas Sekar was quoted on Bank Info Security about the consequences of a successful cyber attack.

Business Insider

Sekar quoted on preventing hacking

ECE/CyLab’s Vyas Sekar was quoted in Business Insider about preventing your phone from being hacked.


Sekar quoted on online hacking

ECE/CyLab’s Vyas Sekar was quoted on Lifewire about possible computer hacking of self-driving cars.