Welcome to the Secure Platforms Lab (SPL) at W&M

We are a security research lab affiliated with the Department of Computer Science at William & Mary. Our aim is to design systems that facilitate holistic security improvements for emerging computing platforms (e.g., smartphones, IoT).

In the pursuit of this goal, we are currently researching several approaches for discovering real security vulnerabilities in emerging platforms, developing practical but secure defenses in the form of OS/software enhancements, and enabling evaluation of security systems through novel, data-driven, evaluation frameworks (see Research).

We are looking for passionate new PhD, Masters, and Bachelors students to join the team (more info) !

We are grateful for funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), as well as William & Mary (via the Faculty Summer Research Grants).

News

January 15, 2020

Our paper, "Towards a Natural Perspective of Smart Homes for Practical Security and Safety Analyses", has been accepted for publication at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 2020 (Oakland'20)

April 26, 2019

Brian Burns graduated with an MS, and a successful Masters Project. Congratulations Brian!

April 26, 2019

Ruhao (Tony) Tang successfully defended is Honors Thesis on "Leveraging NLP to Enable Analysis of User Driven Routines". Congratulations Tony!

March 29, 2019

Ruhao (Tony) Tang wins the Undergraduate Stephen K. Park Award 2019. Congratulations Tony!

March 26, 2019

Our paper, "A Study of Data Store-based Home Automation", received the Best Paper Award at CODASPY'19!

December 28, 2018

Our recent investigation on smart home security has received wide press coverage. See the most detailed articles here - Daily Press, The Ambient, Quartz

November 27, 2018

Our paper, "A Study of Data Store-based Home Automation", has been accepted for publication at the ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy (CODASPY'19)

November 27, 2018

Our paper, "ACMiner":" Extraction and Analysis of Authorization Checks in Android’s Middleware", has been accepted for publication at the ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy (CODASPY'19)

August 31, 2018

Our proposal on "Enabling Systematic Evaluation of the Soundness of Android Security Analysis Techniques" has been funded! Thanks NSF! [Abstract]

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