- BS in Computer Science & Communication, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Andrew Fasano is a PhD student in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences. Prior to joining Northeastern, he spent four years working on cybersecurity research at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, before which he obtained his BS in Computer Science and Communication at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research focuses on rehosting embedded systems into virtual environments in order to to identify software vulnerabilities and evaluating vulnerability discovery tools and techniques through synthetic vulnerability injection.
- Hometown: Jamestown, RI
- Field of Study: Computer Science
- PhD Advisors: William Robertson and Engin Kirda
What are your research interests?
I’m interested in computer system security. Lately my research has focused on using vulnerability injection to measure vulnerability discovery tools and techniques. I’m also interested in rehosting embedded devices so they can run entirely in software. Once an embedded device is rehosted, it can be analyzed dynamically to identify software vulnerabilities.
After finishing my undergraduate studies, I took a position on the research staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory to conduct cybersecurity research. After four years with Lincoln Laboratory, I decided to join Northeastern to continue my education.
What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?
Automating the process of rehosting embedded devices.
What aspect of what you do is most interesting?
It’s fun to break things. It’s even more fun to build systems that break lots of things.
Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?
Doing lights and sound in the theatre.