cyber security The mission of the Laboratory of Security Engineering for Future Computing (SEFCOM) at Arizona State University is to make significant impact to our society through innovative research projects, assurable development, and hands-on training programs in the areas of cyberspace security and defense. Current research interests include identity management and access control, formal models for computer security, network and distributed systems security including mobile and cloud computing, vulnerability and risk assessment and cyber crime analysis among others.

SEFCOM Objectives

  • To be one of the leading research laboratories in cyberspace security and defense.
  • To collaborate with other institutions, government agencies, and industrial organizations to advance the state of cyberspace security and defense.


  • SEFCOM is looking for Ph.D students, Postdoctoral Scholars and Research Scientists who have a solid background in security, operating systems, networks, or program analysis.
  • Our social network project website SNGuard is available.


  • Feb 2016 (Paper): Our paper 'Checking Intent-based Communication in Android with Intent Space Analysis' has been accepted by ACM ASIACCS
  • Nov 2015 (Grant): Department of Energy awarded our research project on Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC).
  • October 2015 (Paper/Award): Yiming Jing's paper 'Morpheus: Automatically Generating Heuristics to Detect Android Emulators' has been selected as one of the top-10 finalists for the NYU School of Engineering's CSAW 2015 Best Applied Security Paper Award (CSAW 2015 Research).
  • June 2015 (Paper): Our paper 'Mules, Seals, and Attacking Tools: Analyzing Twelve Online Marketplaces' has been accepted by IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine.
  • June 2015 (Contest): Our team 'FLOWGUARD' won the third place in the first annual Extreme SDN Innovation Challenge (ASU Full Circle, Extreme Blog).
  • May 2015 (Award): Our paper 'A Large-Scale Study of Mobile Web App Security' recieved the Best Paper Award in IEEE MoST.
  • May 2015 (Award): Jeremy Whitaker has received the Outstanding Computer Science Teaching Assistant Award from the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering (SCIDSE).
  • March 2015 (Paper): Our paper 'A Large-Scale Study of Mobile Web App Security' has been accepted by IEEE MoST.
  • January 2015 (Paper): Our paper 'Federated Access Management for Collaborative Network Environments: Framework and Case Study' has been accepted by ACM SACMAT.
  • January 2015 (Paper): Our paper 'Picture Gesture Authentication: Empirical Analysis, Automated Attacks, and Scheme Evaluation' has been accepted by ACM TISSEC.