Hanan Hibshi is an assistant teaching professor at the Information Networking Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, and one of the research investigators for the CMUS’ picoCTF educational platform. Hibshi’s research areas include usable security and privacy, cybersecurity education, security requirements, mobile and IoT Security, expert’s decision-making, and ML and AI for security and privacy.

Hibshi received a Ph.D. in societal computing from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.S. in information security technology and management from the Information Networking Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to her academic career, she had had some experience working in the banking industry.

Hibshi is interested in studying security experts; how to better train experts and how to develop intelligent tools that better accommodate their needs. One example of Hibshi’s research is her early research findings that had attracted the attention of an international, multi-institution collaboration with the University of Nottingham. Her work examined the intersection between security requirements risk assessment and empirical data-driven intelligent systems using fuzzy logic.

Hibshi has published in top venues, and she reviews research submissions at top security, privacy, and software engineering venues.

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2018 Ph.D., Societal Computing, Carnegie Mellon University

2011 M.S., Information Security Technology and Management, Carnegie Mellon University

2003 B.S., Computer Science, King Abdul-Aziz University

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CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

CMU hacking team defends title at MITRE cybersecurity competition

For the second year in a row, Carnegie Mellon’s competitive hacking team, the Plaid Parliament of Pwning, has taken home the top prize at the MITRE Embedded Capture-the-Flag (eCTF) cybersecurity competition.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Carnegie Mellon hosts 10th annual picoCTF Hacking Competition

On March 14th, hackers from around the globe flocked to as Carnegie Mellon University’s 2023 Capture-the-Flag competition kicked off. In its 10th year, picoCTF saw more than 18,000 middle, high school, and undergraduate students who worked through 45 progressively difficult challenges.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

picoCTF aims to close the cybersecurity talent gap

CyLab's picoCTF is working to close the cybersecurity talent gap by introducing the future workforce to the field through its free annual hacking competition and robust learning platform.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

picoCTF celebrates competition winners at annual award ceremony

Over 18,000 people hacked their way through Carnegie Mellon’s annual cybersecurity competition in 2022, including more than 6,000 middle and high school students. The event saw players from all 50 U.S. States and 169 countries, who worked through 65 increasingly difficult challenges as they looked to take home this year’s crown.


Hibshi talks data privacy after overturn of Roe v. Wade

CyLab’s Hanan Hibshi explains why internet users should be more aware of the data they share.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Over 18,000 people hacked their way through picoCTF 2022

Over 18,000 people participated in Carnegie Mellon University’s annual cybersecurity competition last month—including more than 6,000 middle and high school students.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

World’s largest online hacking competition begins next week

picoCTF, the annual free online cybersecurity competition run by hacking experts in Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab, aims to introduce young minds across the nation to the world of cybersecurity and to build a pipeline of talent to a much-needed cyber workforce.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Protect your security and privacy with these tips from CyLab faculty

In celebration of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a collection of CyLab faculty have shared some tips they recommend following to stay safe online.


CyLab/INI’s picoCTF host workshop and mini competition at WiCyS

CyLab/INI’s picoCTF team hosted a workshop and mini competition at this year’s Women in Cybersecurity conference (WiCyS).

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

picoCTF impresses at the Women in Cybersecurity Conference

The team behind picoCTF, CyLab’s educational platform aiming to bring more people into the field of cybersecurity, made sure its platform was present at this year’s conference for Women in Cybersecurity.

CBS Pittsburgh

Hibshi interviewed on CMU’s picoCTF mini-competition

CyLab/INI’s Hanan Hibshi appeared on CBS Pittsburgh to speak about CMU’s picoCTF mini-competition, a cybersecurity contest designed for younger students. The picoMini took place between May 7 and 10, 2021 and demonstrated real cybersecurity challenges.

Yahoo Finance

Hibshi quoted on cybersecurity training

CyLab/INI’s Hanan Hibshi was quoted in Yahoo Finance about the importance of new cybersecurity experts in the midst of numerous large-scale hacks.