WASP is focused on research in applied security, addressing issues in ensuring that real-world systems remain secure. Our research focuses on identifying security problems that arise despite the use of modern cryptographic techniques, and managing risks that threaten to compromise computer systems.

Security is rarely designed into systems and architectures from the beginning. Typically, security enters into the design process only after applications are built and security issues arise. While security is often dependent on specific use cases, decades of development provide an opportunity to synthesize common security needs into a set of critical features and embed them into the core underlying systems.

The WASP is part of the Storage System Research Center and the Jack Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz. It includes faculty and students from the Computer Science, and Computer Engineering departments. We also collaborate with researchers at other institutions, including the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.

Current projects include improving oblivious RAM (ORAM) to be efficient and practical, working on foiling facial reconigition using systematic techniques, detecting and locating IMSI catchers(Stingrays), and designing a deniable file system in kernel space. 

If you're interested in joining the WASP, please see the information on the SSRC site here or contact any of the faculty or students in the WASP.

Prospective graduate students

Applications for graduate school at UC Santa Cruz are due at the end of each calendar year. We have lots of information available online for prospective graduate students.

Learn more about the WASP

There are many ways to learn more about the WASP and the research we're doing here at UC Santa Cruz.

Last modified 27 Nov 2017