In everything I do, I am driven by curiosity, passion, and ambition to pursue excellence by addressing challenging and interesting problems with a combination of creative thinking and rigorous methodology, with the ultimate goal of having fun. I am always learning and growing as an individual, and I will continue to develop my skills and my passions for years to come.
Professionally speaking, I am a cyber-security researcher focusing on practical aspects of systems and software cyber-security. I analyse potential cyber-security attacks at various architectural levels, and in different environments (OS, hypervisor and mobile), and propose countermeasures for them. My recent work investigate the arms-race among malware and anti-malware and the application of AI/ML in cyber-security. I hold a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pisa, with a dissertation on enforcing security properties of programs via introspection. My professional experience in cyber-security spans across academia (University of Pisa, Imperial College, and Royal Holloway University of London), in research centers (Italian National Research Center) and in industry (Finmatica, IBM, and Huawei).
I am member of the steering committee of 2nd ACM Workshop on Robust Malware Analysis (WoRMA).
Our paper, "Evaluating Anti-Virus Effectiveness in Linux", has been presented at 2022 IEEE International Conference on Big Data! Authors: Giuseppe Raffa, Daniele Sgandurra, Daniel O'Keeffe. The paper is available here.
Our paper, "Active TLS Stack Fingerprinting: Characterizing TLS Server Deployments at Scale", has been awarded the Best Paper Award at Network Traffic Measurement and Analysis Conference (TMA) 2022! Authors: Sosnowski, Markus; Zirngibl, Johannes; Sattler, Patrick; Carle, Georg; Grohnfeldt, Claas; Russo, Michele; Sgandurra, Daniele. The paper preprint is available here.
Our paper "Alexa versus Alexa: Controlling Smart Speakers by Self-Issuing Voice Commands" has been accepted at AsiaCCS 2022! Authors: Sergio Esposito, Daniele Sgandurra, Giampaolo Bella. The paper preprint is available here.
Our research "RansomClave: Ransomware Key Management using SGX" has been featured on The Record by Recorded Future!
Art: see the beautiful painting View of Heath Street by Night, by Atkinson Grimshaw, visible at the Tate Modern, London.
Quote: "The goal is to be completely present with the note, to become the note - meaning your attention is absorbed in it fully." (Steve Vai, from the Vaideology book).
Fun fact: interested in (useless) fun facts? The 1939 novel Gadsby is the longest book ever published that doesn't contain the letter 'e' (except for the cover of the book that actually contains a few of thEm!).
Paradox: have a look at the exam paradox. (I guess you didn't expect it?)
Funny: "I intend to live forever. So far, so good." (Steven Wright).