I'm William Robertson. I work on making systems and the Internet safer.

I hold a joint appointment as an assistant professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University.


My research interests span a broad variety of practical security issues, ranging from systems to mobile devices to the web.

I co-direct the NEU Systems Security Lab along with Engin Kirda. We are a member institution of iSecLab. If you’re interested in joining our research group, take a moment to read my advice for applicants first.

I’m also involved in Lastline, a startup focused on defending against evasive malware, APTs, and zero-day exploits.


I’ve served on the program committees of numerous security conferences (currently, USENIX Security 2016 and ACM CCS 2016). I’m also co-chairing ACSAC 2016 with Davide Balzarotti. Please consider submitting your best work!


I taught CS5770 (Software Vulnerabilities and Security) in Spring 2016. I’ll be teaching a special topics course on security in Fall 2016.

I’ve also been involved in a number of CTF competitions as part of Shellphish.


360 Huntington Ave
132B Nightingale Hall
College of Computer and Information Science
Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115
United States

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