Academic Patners

LUMS Lahore
Internet Security and Privacy Lab

The proposed lab will provide fundamental advances in cyber defence to limit the ability of adversaries to compromise networks, improve security planning, vulnerability management, and outlining incident response activities. To this end, we specifically target three application domains:

Situational Awareness

In the situational awareness application domain, lab plans to 1) build a measurement infrastructure to study the threat landscape of Pakistan, and 2) derive actionable security intelligence from analysing hundreds of millions of log records and network data collected from distributed vantage points.

Software Security

In this part, lab will develop an automated toolchain for application debloating using 1) application configuration in a particular deployment, 2) specifications of the required functionality, and 3) application’s needs from libraries, other applications, peripheral devices and networks, and even the operating system kernel.

Infrastructure Security

In the infrastructure security application domain, our lab will build outside-the-VM defences including 1) classifying malware and abuse using VM performance counters, and 2) building a provenance manager that enables a live audit (for immediate attribution) and root-cause analysis (for determining how this was done). This would enable an immediate and online response that can selectively rollback only those operations that are identified as performed by the attacker.

Our People

Our core members and reserchers are academics, developers, administrators and MS/PhD students. Our industrial partners are public and private cyber security organizations that advise us on the design, implementation and commercialization of the R&D work originating from our Lab.

Core Members
Principle Investigator/Director

The Lab is managed by a Principle Investigator (PI) and three Co-PIs
who are leading one research project each with the support of project team leads.

Dr. Zartash Afzal Uzmi

Principal Investigator

Dr. Muhammad Fareed Zaffar

Co-Principal Investigator
Infrastructure Security

Dr. Junaid Haroon Siddiqui

Co-Principal Investigator
Software Security

Dr. Mobin Javed

Co-Principal Investigator
Situational Awareness