The Secure & Transparent Systems Laboratory

The STS Lab confronts issues of security and transparency in computer systems and networks. Within this broad area, we investigate challenges in various domains of computing including operating systems, the cloud, and the Internet of Things. Our recent work has evaluated the security of IoT services, introduced mechanisms that defend against USB-based attacks, and designed security-enhanced provenance-aware systems that are capable of reliably tracking and explaining system intrusions.

Our paper, “Validating the Integrity of Audit Logs Against Execution Repartitioning Attacks,” has been accepted to the 28th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS’21)! This paper is the result of a two year collaboration with the Institute for Information Security and Privacy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Congratulations to student (and former student) authors Carter Yagemann, Mohammad Noureddine, and Wajih Ul Hassan!

Posted 20 Jul 2021 by Adam

Our lab’s first ever student, Wajih Ul Hassan, successfully defended his dissertation today! Following an extensive job search this past spring, Wajih accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the University of Virginia, prior to the start of his appointment, Wajih will be returning to Pakistan as a visiting professor at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), while also serving as a visiting scientist at Stellar Cyber. Congratulations, Wajih! We look forward to your continued success in this next stage of your career.

Posted 15 Jul 2021 by Adam

Our paper, “Causal Analysis for Software-Defined Networking Attacks,” has been accepted to the 30th USENIX Security Symposium (Security’21)! This is the third and final piece of Ben Ujcich’s dissertation, all of which appeared in the Top 4 security conferences. Congratulations to Professor Ujcich, who is now in his first year as an Assistant Professor at Georgetown!

Posted 07 Dec 2020 by Adam

Pubali Datta has been selected to participate in the 2020 Rising Stars Program! Participants are selected based on academic excellence, interest in a faculty career in the EECS discipline, and commitment to advancing equity and inclusion. This year’s event is being hosted virtually by the Berkeley EECS Department. Congrats Pubali!

Posted 08 Oct 2020 by Adam