I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at NC State University and director of the Wolfpack Security and Privacy Research (WSPR) laboratory. I earned my Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011 and 2006, respectively, and my B.S. in Computer Engineering from Penn State in 2004.
My research focuses on the design, optimization, and measurement of security for computing platforms, specifically on mobile phones, and the complex environments in which they operate. Through the design and evaluation of practical enhancements to existing architectures, my research seeks to improve security guarantees in commodity computer systems. (Short Bio)
- Weir practical enforcement of information flow in Android
- ASM research at androidsecuritymodules.org
- NativeWrap privacy tool source code and app on the Google Play Store
- WHYPER natural language processing (NLP) of app descriptions
- TaintDroid research at appanalysis.org
- Android app decompliation at siis.cse.psu.edu/ded
Office: 3260 Engineering Building II
Phone: (919) 513-7905
Email: whenck at ncsu.edu
Department of Computer Science
3320 Engineering Building II
Office Hours (Fall 2018): Mondays, 2:30-3:30pm
Current PhD Students
- Benjamin Andow (expected 2019)
- Albert Gorski (expected 2019)
- TJ OConnor (expected 2019)
- Isaac Polinsky (expected 2020)
- Iffat Anjum (expected 2023)
- Samin Yaseer Mahmud (expected 2023)
Current Masters Students
- Sanket Goutam (expected 2019) [co-advised with Dr. Brad Reaves]
Past PhD Students
- Luke Deshotels (Fall 2018) (now at Samsung Research America)
- Michael Grace (Summer 2017) [co-advised with Dr. Xuxian Jiang] (now at Samsung Research America)
- Adwait Nadkarni (Spring 2017) (now Assistant Professor William and Mary)
- Ruowen Wang (Spring 2016) [co-advised with Dr. Peng Ning] (now at Samsung Research America)
- Jason Gionta (Spring 2015) [co-advised with Dr. Peng Ning]
Recent Professional Activities
- PC co-Chair, 2018 USENIX Security Symposium
- Associate Editor, 2015-present ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (TOIT)
- Department Editor, 2016-present IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine
- PC co-Chair, 2017 USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies (WOOT)
- Student PC co-Chair, 2017 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland)
- Shadow PC co-Chair, 2017 ACM Symposium on Information, Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS)
- PC co-Chair, 2016 ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec)
- Program Committee, 2019 ISOC Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS)
- Program Committee, 2019 Financial Cryptography and Data Security (FC)
- Program Committee, 2019 USENIX Security Symposium
- Program Committee, 2019 ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec)
November 27, 2018: Our paper, ACMiner: Extraction and Analysis of Authorization Checks in Android’s Middleware, has been accepted for publication at the 2019 ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy (CODASPY).
June 9, 2018: I presented an invited talk titled Analysis of iOS Access Control Policy at the CyberSecurity@KAIST International Workshop in Daejeon, Korea.
June 5, 2018: I presented an invited talk titled Using Text Analytics to Enhance Security Analysis of Mobile Applications at ACM ASIACCS 2018 in Incheon, Korea.
March 2, 2018: Our paper, iOracle: Automated Evaluation of Access Control Policies in iOS, has been accepted for publication at the 2018 ACM Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS).
January 18, 2017: Our paper, PivotWall: SDN-Based Information Flow Control, has been accepted for publication at the 2018 ACM Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR).
- I am an Associate Professor in the department of Computer Science at the North Carolina State University
- I am the director of the Wolfpack Security and Privacy Research (WSPR) laboratory.
- I am a National Science Foundation CAREER Award winner (CNS-1253346).
- My work has appeared in many major technical venues, including USENIX Security, ACM CCS, USENIX OSDI, USENIX ATC, ACM MobiCom, and NDSS.
- I am a co-founder of the ACM CCS Workshop on Security and Privacy in Smartphones and Mobile Devices (SPSM)
- My research has been covered by The New York Times and CNET among other international press venues. I was also interviewed by FOX News (video).
- I received my Ph.D. from the Computer Science and Engineering department at the Pennsylvania State University in May of 2011.
- I am a recipient of the Penn State University Alumni Association Dissertation Award for 2010-2011.
- I am a founding member and former lead graduate student of the Systems and Internet Infrastructure Security Laboratory.
- I worked as a research intern at AT&T Research and Intel Labs.
- I was a member of 2007 EVEREST academic study [pdf] of voting equipment sponsored by the Ohio Secretary of State.
- My Erdös number is 3 (Paul Erdös--Fan Chung--William Aiello--Me).