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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Fanti, Sekar, and Lin quoted on privacy research

ECE Ph.D. student Zinan Lin created a new tool that helps maintain online privacy when companies work together. His advisors are ECE’s Vyas Sekar and Giulia Fanti.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

World’s fastest open-source intrusion detection is here

Researchers in Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab have developed the fastest-ever open-source intrusion detection system—one that achieves speeds of 100 gigabits per second using a single server.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Four years since the Mirai-Dyn attack…is the Internet safer?

Four years after the Mirai-Dyn attack that brought down much of the Internet, a team of CyLab researchers are assessing the Internet’s resilience if a similar attack were to occur today.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

New tool simplifies data sharing, preserves privacy

According to a new study authored by researchers in Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab and IBM, a new tool can help circumvent the privacy issue in data sharing.

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.