Wolfpack Security and Privacy Research 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 seven faculty members and affiliated students work on all areas of cybersecurity, 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 …

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

Recent News

September 2, 2022: Our paper, Analysis of Payment Service Provider SDKs in Android has been accepted for publication at the 2022 Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC).

August 1, 2022: We were awarded a $9M grant from the National Science Foundation for our SaTC Frontiers project titled "Enabling a Secure and Trustworthy Software Supply Chain".

June 8, 2022: We were awarded Best Student Paper at ACM SACMAT 2022 for our paper, Removing the Reliance on Perimeters for Security using Network Views.

April 9, 2022: Our paper, Removing the Reliance on Perimeters for Security using Network Views has been accepted for publication at the 2022 ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies (SACMAT).

April 8, 2022: Our poster, A Study of Security Weaknesses in Android Payment Service Provider SDKs won the HoTSoS 2022 Best Poster Award.

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