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- MS, Azad University – Iran
- BS, Sadjad University of Technology – Iran
- Hometown: Mashdad, Iran
- Field of Study: Information Assurance
- PhD Advisor: Long Lu
Reza Mirzazade Farkhani is a PhD student in the Cybersecurity program at Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences, advised by Professor Long Lu. A native of Mashhad, Iran, Reza earned his bachelor’s degree from Sadjad University of Technology, and his master’s degree from Azad University.
Reza’s research area includes system security, and he is a member of the RiS3 Lab (Research in Software and Systems Security). He is currently working on memory safety problems in C/C++.
What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?
I’m working with RiS3 Lab members on some projects related to the vulnerability detection with machine learning and memory safety problems in C/C++.
What are your research interests?
I am interested in static and dynamic analysis on low level topics in system security. For example, static malware analysis with data mining methods.
What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?
Nowadays, information security tools are not completely automatic. For example, analyzing a new type of malware takes a long time for an expert because the current tools are not efficient. I’d ultimately like to improve the security related tools and automate them.
What aspect of what you do is most interesting?
Information security is like a cat and mouse game. Attackers try to find a new way to bypass the security mechanism and researchers try to defeat them. It is an ongoing process and there is always a good motivation to improve your work because there is somebody out there to strike your method.
What are your research or career goals, going forward?
I’d like to use my research to bridge the gap between academic papers and real world cyber security threats.