Andrew Fasano is a PhD student at the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern, advised by [TBD]. Prior to coming to Northeastern, he spend 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 the use of vulnerability injection to measure vulnerability tools and techniques and in rehosting embedded devices, especially to identify software vulnerabilities.
- BS in Computer Science & Communication, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- 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.