WSPR Lab

Welcome to the Wolfpack Security and Privacy Research (WSPR) Laboratory in the department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University.

The WSPR Laboratory (pronounced "whisper") models, designs, builds, and validates technology that protects users, systems, and networks from malicious and privacy-infringing acts. The group's six faculty members and affiliated students work on all areas of computer security, from designing new cryptographic constructs to ensure protected execution of code to empirical studies on how software is secured by developers; from finding flaws in existing operating systems to building systems resilient from known attacks; from detecting malicious activity such as malware and denial of service attacks to building networks and mechanisms to prevent abuse. The WSPR Lab works to secure all types of computer systems, from legacy telephone networks to emerging technologies like smartphones and Internet of Things devices.

How to Get Involved

If you are a student at NCSU and are interested in ...

  • security research, look at the web pages of the WSPR Faculty and feel free to contact them directly. Alternatively, you may contact the WSPR lead graduate student, Luke Deshotels.
  • security skills, get involved with the NCSU HackPack run by Dr. Kapravelos. Join the slack channel for more information.

If you are an industry organization seeking to collaborate, look at the web pages of the WSPR Faculty and feel free to contact them directly. You may also email our general contact alias, 709-620-1444

Recent News

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, 2018: Our paper, PivotWall: SDN-Based Information Flow Control, has been accepted for publication at the 2018 ACM Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR).

August 19, 2017: Our paper, Analysis of SEAndroid Policies: Combining MAC and DAC in Android, has been accepted for publication at the 2017 Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC).

May 2, 2017: Our paper, UiRef: Analysis of Sensitive User Inputs in Android Applications, has been accepted for publication at the 2017 ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec).

April 4, 2017: We received a Distinguished Paper Award for our paper, SPOKE: Scalable Knowledge Collection and Attack Surface Analysis of Access Control Policy for Security Enhanced Android at ASIACCS 2017.

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