Erik van der Kouwe
I am an assistant professor in security at the computer systems group of the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS).
I am an assistant professor in security at the computer systems group of the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS). In today's inter-connected world, insecure programming practices often have a major impact on people's lives. Recent examples include disclosure of passwords and other sensitive information (Heartbleed) and ransomware holding people's data hostage (Wannacry). Similar weaknesses have even been used to interfere with sensitive infrastructure (such as nuclear reactors) and elections. Although research has produced a number of solutions that can eliminate large classes of vulnerabilities, they often slow down the protected program significantly or require a substantial effort from programmers. As a consequence, the cost for deployment is too high and many sensitive programs remain vulnerable. My vision is that we should build protections that are both effective and practical for deployment in the real world, eventually making insecure software a thing of the past.
My research interests span a wide area of computer systems, in particular security and operating systems. In addition, I am interested in establishing best practices for evaluation in systems security.
Before becoming an assistant professor, I obtained my PhD in operating systems reliability with Andy Tanenbaum at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Afterwards, I did a post-doc in Herbert Bos' systems security group, also at the VUA. I mostly worked on software fault injection, software defenses based on compiler instrumentation, and benchmarking practices in systems security.
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