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Engin Kirda


Executive Director - Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute

Interdisciplinary with College of Engineering

Engin Kirda


Office Location

805 Columbus Avenue
618 Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC)
Boston, MA 02120

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
Attn: Engin Kirda, 435 ISEC
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

  • Systems, software, and network security
  • Web security
  • Binary analysis
  • Malware detection


  • PhD in computer science, Technical University of Vienna
  • MS in computer science, Technical University of Vienna
  • BS in computer science, Technical University of Vienna


Engin Kirda is a professor of computer science at Northeastern University. Before that, he held faculty positions at Institute Eurecom in the French Riviera and the Technical University of Vienna, where he co-founded the Secure Systems Lab that is now distributed over five institutions in Europe and the United States. Kirda’s research has focused on malware analysis (e.g., Anubis, Exposure, and Fire) and detection, web application security, and practical aspects of social networking security. He is a co-founder of Lastline, Inc., a Silicon-Valley based company that specializes in the detection and prevention of advanced targeted malware. Additionally, he co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed scholarly publications and served on the program committees of numerous well-known international conferences and workshops.

Kirda was the program chair of the International Symposium on Recent Advances in Intrusion Detection in 2009, the program chair of the European Workshop on Systems Security in 2010 and 2011, the program chair of the well-known USENIX Workshop on Large Scale Exploits and Emergent Threats in 2012, and the program chair of the security flagship conference Network and Distributed System Security Symposium in 2015. In the past, Kirda has consulted the European Commission on emerging threats and gave a congressional briefing in Washington D.C. on advanced malware attacks and cyber-security. He also spoke at SXSW Interactive 2015 about “Malware in the Wild” and at Blackhat 2015.