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105–107 Forsyth Street
132E Nightingale Hall
Boston, MA 02115


Kaan Onarlioglu is a PhD student studying systems security at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science, advised by Professor Engin Kirda. He is a member of the Systems Security Laboratory (SecLab), where he works on practical security problems.

Previously, Kaan was a visiting researcher at the International Systems Security Laboratory  (iSecLab), Eurecom in Sophia Antipolis, France. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer engineering from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.


  • MS in Computer Engineering, Bilkent University – Turkey
  • BS in Computer Engineering, Bilkent University – Turkey

About Me

  • Field of Study: Systems Security
  • PhD Advisor: Engin Kirda

What are your research interests?

My research interests span a wide array of systems and Internet security topics, with an emphasis on operating systems security. I target security problems with real-life impacts. My recent work involved retrofitting novel security and privacy features into traditional systems, and hardening existing software against evolving security threats.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting?

The computer security landscape constantly evolves as attacks become more complex, and as attackers become smarter. Continuously adapting to new threats and staying ahead of the “bad guys” is a challenging and exciting aspect of cutting-edge security research.