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Full name: 
Brendan D Saltaformaggio
Job title: 
Assistant Professor
Technical Interest Groups: Computer Systems and Software
Email address: 
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404/894-8362
Office: 
Klaus 2314

Brendan Saltaformaggio is an Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech with a joint appointment between the School of Cybersecurity and Privacy and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the School of Computer Science. His research interests lie in computer systems security, cyber forensics, and the vetting of untrusted software.

Dr. Saltaformaggio serves as the Director of the Cyber Forensics Innovation (CyFI) Laboratory. The CyFI Lab's mission is to further the investigation of advanced cyber crimes and the analysis and prevention of next-generation malware attacks, particularly in mobile and IoT environments. This research has led to numerous publications at top cyber security venues, including a Best Paper Award from the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS’15) and a Best Student Paper Award from the 2014 USENIX Security Symposium.

Originally from New Orleans, Dr. Saltaformaggio earned his Bachelor of Science with Honors in Computer Science from the University of New Orleans in 2012. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science at Purdue University in 2014 and 2016, respectively, during which Dr. Saltaformaggio was honored with the 2017 ACM SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award as well as two fellowships: the 2016 Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship and the inaugural Emil Stefanov Memorial Fellowship in Computer Science.

Research interests: 
  • Computer Systems Security
  • Cyber Forensics
  • Vetting of Untrusted Software
  • Binary Analysis and Instrumentation
  • Mobile and IoT Security
Distinctions: 
  • Cisco Systems University Research Program Gift - 2021
  • CSAW Applied Research Competition Award Finalist - 2019
  • Inaugural GTRI Research Fellowship - 2021
  • Georgia Tech Inaugural $1B+ Startup Hackathon Nominee - 2021
  • Class of 1969 Teaching Fellowship - 2020
  • IISP 2020 Demo Day Finale Research Track Winner - 2020
  • Cisco Systems University Research Program Gift - 2019
  • Student Recognition of Excellence in Teaching: Class of 1934 Award - 2019
  • CREATE-X Golden Ticket Award - 2019
  • Center for Teaching and Learning Thank A Teacher Awards - 2017-present
  • ACM SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award - 2017
  • Inaugural Recipient of the Emil Stefanov Memorial Fellowship - 2016
  • Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship - 2016
  • Best Paper Award from the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) - 2015
  • Best Student Paper Award from the USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security) - 2014

Forecasting Malware Capabilities From Cyber Attack Memory Images. O. Alrawi, M. Ike, M. Pruett, R. Pai Kasturi, S. Barua, T. Hirani, B. Hill, B. Saltaformaggio. In Proc. 30th USENIX Security Symposium (Security '21), Virtual Conference, 2021.

Towards Measuring Supply Chain Attacks on Package Managers for Interpreted Languages. R. Duan, O. Alrawi, R. Pai Kasturi, R. Elder, B. Saltaformaggio, W. Lee. In Proc. 28th Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS '21), Virtual Conference, 2021.

C3PO: Large-Scale Study Of Covert Monitoring of C&C Servers via Over-Permissioned Protocol Infiltration. J. Fuller, R. Pai Kasturi, A. Sikder, B. Arik, H. Xu, V. Verma, E. Asdar, B. Saltaformaggio. In Proc. 28th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS'21), Seoul, South Korea, 2021.

TARDIS: Rolling Back The Clock On CMS-Targeting Cyber Attacks. R. Pai Kasturi, Y. Sun, R. Duan, O. Alrawi, E. Asdar, V. Zhu, Y. Kwon, B. Saltaformaggio. In Proc. 41st IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P '20), Virtual Conference, 2020.

The Betrayal At Cloud City: An Empirical Analysis Of Cloud-Based Mobile Backends. O. Alrawi, C. Zuo, R. Duan, R. Pai Kasturi, Z. Lin, B. Saltaformaggio. In Proc. 28th USENIX Security Symposium (Security '19), Santa Clara, CA, 2019.

Last revised October 26, 2021