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.


  • July 2018 (Paper): Josie Lamp's paper 'The Danger of Missing Instructions: A Systematic Analysis of Security Requirements for MCPS' has been accepted by CHASE-MedSPT 2018.
  • July 2018 (Paper): Our paper 'AIM-SDN: Attacking Information Mismanagement in SDN-datastores' has been accepted by CCS 2018.
  • July 2018 (Paper): Our paper 'vNIDS: Towards Elastic Security with Safe and Efficient Virtualization of Network Intrusion Detection Systems' has been accepted by CCS 2018.
  • July 2018 (Paper): Vu Coughlin's paper 'EDSGuard: Enforcing Network Security Requirements for Energy Delivery Systems' has been accepted by SmartGridComm 2018.
  • March 2017 (NSF Fellowship): Kevin is awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
  • December 2016 (Paper): Our paper 'On the Safety and Efficiency of Virtual Firewall Elasticity Control' has been accepted by NDSS 2017.
  • November 2016 (Paper): Huahong's paper 'Toward Authenticated Caller ID Transmission' has been accepted by ITU Kaleidoscope 2016 , and this paper won the best paper award.
  • Aug 2016 (Paper): Mike's paper 'dbling: Identifying Extensions Installed on Encrypted Web Thin Clients' has been accepted by Digital Forensics Research Conference DFRWS.
  • May 2016 (Paper): Our paper 'Moving Target Defense For Web Applications Using Bayesian Stackelberg Games' has been accepted by Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems AAMAS.
  • May 2016 (Paper): Our paper 'TRIPLEMON: A Multi-layer Security Framework for Mediating Inter-Process Communication on Android' has been accepted by IOS Press JCS.
  • Mar 2016 (Paper): Our paper 'Target Fragmentation in Android Apps' has been accepted by IEEE MoST.
  • Apr 2016 (Paper): Wonkyu's paper 'State-aware Network Access Management for Software-Defined Networks' has been accepted by ACM SACMAT.
  • Mar 2016 (Grant): ASU + Intel CID/NPG Collaboration, Intel Corp.
  • Feb 2016 (Paper): Kevin's paper 'Behind Closed Doors: Measurement and Analysis of CryptoLocker Ransoms in Bitcoin' has been accepted by APWG eCrime Researchers Summit.
  • Feb 2016 (Paper): Huahong's paper 'SoK: Everyone Hates Robocalls: A Survey of Techniques against Telephony Spam' has been accepted by IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland).
  • Feb 2016 (NSF REU Program): Kevin Liao has been accepted to an NSF REU program at the University of Maryland under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Katz for summer 2016, working on "Public Key Cryptography Using Group Theory" Project.
  • 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.