I am an Associate 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)
- 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
I organize a security lunch for students at NC State. Please see the schedule for more information.
Office: 3260 Engineering Building II
Phone: (919) 513-7905
Email: whenck at ncsu.edu
Department of Computer Science
3320 Engineering Building II
Office Hours (Spring 2017): Tuesdays, 2:00-2:45pm
Current PhD Students:
- Benjamin Andow (expected 2018)
- Luke Deshotels (expected 2017)
- Albert Gorski (expected 2018)
- Adwait Nadkarni (expected 2017)
- TJ OConnor (expected 2018)
- Isaac Polinsky (expected 2020)
Past PhD Students:
- Ruowen Wang (Spring 2016) [co-advised with Dr. Peng Ning]
- Jason Gionta (Spring 2015) [co-advised with Dr. Peng Ning]
Recent Professional Activities
- Associate Editor, 2015-present ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (TOIT)
- Associate Editor, 2016-present IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine
- PC co-Chair, 2017 USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies (WOOT)
- Student PC 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, 2017 USENIX Security Symposium
- Program Committee, 2017 ISOC Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS)
- Program Committee, 2016 ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS)
- Program Committee, 2017 ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec)
January 25, 2017: Our paper, SPOKE: Scalable Knowledge Collection and Attack Surface Analysis of Access Control Policy for Security Enhanced Android, has been accepted for publication at the 2017 ACM Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS).
December 12, 2016: Our paper, A Study of Security Vulnerabilties on Docker Hub, has been accepted for publication at the 2017 ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy (CODASPY).
August 24, 2016: Our paper, *droid: Assessment and Evaluation of Android Application Analysis Tools, has been accepted for publication in ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR).
August 19, 2016: Our paper, Phonion: Practical Protection of Metadata in Telephony Networks, has been accepted for publication in Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PoPETS).
August 16, 2016: Effective August 16, 2016, have been promoted to associate professor with tenure in the Computer Science department at North Carolina State University.
- I am an Associate Professor in the department of Computer Science at the North Carolina State University
- 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).