Vyas Sekar is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and is affiliated with the CyLab Security and Privacy Institute. His research is at the intersection of networking, security, and systems. Sekar's current research focuses on systems for accelerating the deployment of innovative network middleboxes, and designing content distribution mechanisms to improve user experience. 

Sekar received his Ph.D. from the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University in 2010. He has been the recipient of multiple awards, including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2016. He earned his bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, where he was awarded the President of India Gold Medal. His work has been recognized with best paper awards at ACM SIGCOMM, ACM CoNext, and ACM Multimedia. In addition to being a professor of electrical and computer engineering, Sekar is affiliated with the CyLab Security and Privacy Institute.

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Network Security: Making the Internet a Safer Place

Improving Video Streaming


2010 Ph.D., Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

2003 BS, Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Chennai


Media mentions

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

CyLab researchers to present at ACM CHI 2024

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute researchers are set to present 10 papers and participate in one special interest group at the upcoming Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2024).

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

CyLab faculty, students to present at NDSS Symposium 2024

Carnegie Mellon faculty and students will present on a wide range of topics at the 31st Annual Network and Distributed System Security (NDSS) Symposium. Held at the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa in San Diego from February 26 through March 1, the event fosters information exchange among researchers and practitioners of network and distributed system security.

CMU Engineering

CMU partners to reimagine energy in the region

Faculty from Carnegie Mellon University will collaborate with West Virginia University and University of Pittsburgh on a National Science Foundation Regional Innovation Engines program.

The Atlantic

Sekar on how cyberattacks could affect smart cars

CyLab/ECE’s Vyas Sekar explains how smart cars may be at risk of cyberattacks.

The Atlantic

Sekar quoted on EV cyberattacks

ECE’s Vyas Sekar discussed the potential cyber threats associated with connected electric vehicles.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

First round of Future Enterprise Security Initiative funded projects announced

CyLab’s Future Enterprise Security Initiative is underway as the first round of funded proposals has been announced.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Nokia Bell Labs sponsors CyLab’s Future Enterprise Security Initiative

Nokia Bell Labs expands its partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, becoming a sponsor of CyLab's Future Enterprise Security Initiative.

Authority Magazine

Sekar featured in Authority Magazine

Vyas Sekar, Professor in CMU’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, was featured by Authority Magazine. In the article, he discusses how he became interested in cybersecurity, talks about his research, and offers thoughts on what must be done to protect critical industrial systems from cyber attacks.

Los Angeles Times

Sekar quoted on how hackers search for vulnerabilities

Vyas Sekar, Professor in CMU's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, provides insight on how hackers search for vulnerabilities, explains the importance of security protocols, and shares ways entities can protect themselves against cyberattacks.


Afretec planning grants announced

The African Engineering and Technology Network, led by CMU-Africa, awarded six planning grants to research collaborations that will lead to socio-economic impact and focus on driving inclusive digital growth on the continent.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Carnegie Mellon faculty, students present at the 31st USENIX Security Symposium

An overview of papers, authored by members of CMU's CyLab Security and Privacy Institute, being presented at the 31st USENIX Security Symposium

Best Life

Sekar talks cybersecurity on cell phones

ECE’s Vyas Sekar was quoted in Best Life on cybersecurity measures to protect your cell phone while out and about, particularly when using public charging stations. “It’s easy to modify the outlet if the attacker has physical access,” Sekar originally told the New York Times.