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Sashank Narain

PhD Student

Sashank Narain


Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
208 West Village H
Boston, MA 02115


Sashank is a PhD student in the Information Assurance program at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science, advised by Professor Guevara Noubir. Sashank, a native of Lucknow, India, earned his bachelor’s degree in information technology from the University of Mumbai, and his master’s degree in information assurance from Northeastern University.

Sashank’s research area is in security, with a focus in mobile security, and he is in the Secure Systems Laboratory (SecLab) located in 208 West Village H. Sashank’s research on mobile security has involved the design and implementation of attacks on smartphones, and how they impact global users. He is also interested in researching how smartphone sensors can impact users’ privacy.


  • MS in Information Assurance, Northeastern University
  • BS in Information Technology, University of Mumbai – India

About Me

  • Hometown: Lucknow, India
  • Field of Study: Information Assurance
  • PhD Advisor: Guevara Noubir

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

I have completed my master’s degree in information assurance at Northeastern University and I am now a PhD candidate in the Information Assurance program. My area of focus is mobile security.

What are your research interests?

I focus on the security of smartphones. I have a keen interest in studying the implications of side channels such as smartphone sensors (gyroscope, accelerometers, magnetometer and microphones) on user’s privacy. I am also interested in building secure systems for mobile operating systems.

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

Mitigate loss of personal information through covert side channels for millions of Android users across the globe.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting?

As part of my research, I work on designing and implementing novel attacks for smartphones, and I study their impact on users over the globe. I enjoy building these many applications for the Android platform for accessing the security of the OS.

What are your research or career goals, going forward?

I am interested in developing a system to defend against side channel attacks in the future, one that is both easy to deploy, and one that protects users on a wide range of devices.