William Enck

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at NC State University. 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.

I am a member of the Wolfpack Security and Privacy Research (WSPR) Lab.

My research focuses on the design, optimization, and measurement of security for operating systems, 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)

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I organize a security lunch for students at NC State. Please see the schedule for more information.

Contact Information

Office: 3260 Engineering Building II
Phone: (919) 513-7905
Email: whenck at ncsu.edu

Postal Mail

Department of Computer Science
EB2, Rm 3260, Box 8206
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8206, USA


3320 Engineering Building II
890 Oval Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27695-8206, USA

Office Hours (Spring 2016): Thursdays, 2-3pm


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Recent Professional Activities


May 16, 2016: Our paper, Practical DIFC Enforcement on Android, has been accepted for publication at the 2016 USENIX Security Symposium.

March 10, 2016: Our paper, Code-Stop: Code-Reuse Prevention By Context-Aware Traffic Proxying, has been accepted for publication at the 2016 International Conference on Internet Monitoring and Protection (ICIMP).

March 7, 2016: Our paper, A Study of Grayware on Google Play, has been accepted for publication at the 2016 IEEE Mobile Security Technologies workshot (MoST).

January 21, 2016: I am now an Associate Editor of IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine in the Systems Security department.

August 31, 2015: Our NSF SaTC grant, TWC: Medium: Collaborative: Improving Mobile-Application Security via Text Analytics, has been awarded. The grant is in collaboration with Tao Xie, Carl Gunter, and ChengXiang Zhai at UIUC.

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