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Reza Mirzazade Farkhani is a PhD student in the Information Assurance program at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science, advised by Professor Engin Kirda. A native of Mashhad, Iran, Reza earned his bachelor’s degree from Sadjad University of Technology, and his master’s degree from Azad University.

Reza’s research area includes security, and he is a member of the Secure Systems Laboratory (SecLab) in 208 West Village H. He is currently working on information security projects with the International Secure Systems Lab (iSec lab).


  • MS, Azad University – Iran
  • BS, Sadjad University of Technology – Iran

About Me

  • Hometown: Mashdad, Iran
  • Field of Study: Information Assurance
  • PhD Advisor: Engin Kirda

What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?

I’m working with International Secure Systems Lab (iSecLab) team on some projects.

What are your research interests?

I am interested in static and dynamic analysis on low level topics in system security. For example, static malware analysis with data mining methods.

What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?

Nowadays, information security tools are not completely automatic. For example, analyzing a new type of malware takes a long time for an expert because the current tools are not efficient. I’d ultimately like to improve the security related tools and automate them.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting?

Information security is like a cat and mouse game. Attackers try to find a new way to bypass the security mechanism and researchers try to defeat them. It is an ongoing process and there is always a good motivation to improve your work because there is somebody out there to strike your method.

What are your research or career goals, going forward?

I’d like to use my research to bridge the gap between academic papers and real world cyber security threats.