Massimiliano Albanese
Department of Information Sciences and Technology
Center for Secure Infotmation System
Volgenau School of Engineering

George Mason University





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I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technology at George Mason University, where I am also serving as the Associate Director of the Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS), and the Codirector of the Laboratory for IT Entrepreneurship (LITE). I received my Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering in 2005 from the University of Naples Federico II, and joined George Mason University in 2011 after serving as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Research Research

My research interests are in the area of Information and Network Security, with particular emphasis on Modeling and Detection of Cyber Attacks, Cyber Situational Awareness, Network Hardening and Optimal Defenses, Moving Target Defense and Adaptive Cyber Defense, and Cyber-Physical Systems. I have participated in sponsored research projects totaling $9.5M. I hold a U.S. Patent and have co-authored a book and over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. I am one of the three recipients of the 2014 Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award, one of the most prestigious honors at Mason.


Office of Naval Research Office of Naval Research

Selected Current Projects

Adversarial and Uncertain Reasoning for Adaptive Cyber Defense: Building the Scientific Foundations

Today’s cyber defenses are largely static. As a result, adversaries can systematically probe target networks, pre-plan their attacks, and ultimately persist for long times inside compromised networks and hosts. This project is developing a new class of technologies called Adaptive Cyber Defense (ACD) that will force adversaries to continually re-assess, re-engineer and re-launch their cyber attacks. ACD presents adversaries with optimized dynamically-changing attack surfaces and system configurations, thereby significantly increasing the attacker’s workloads and decreasing their probabilities of success.

Recent Publications Publications

  • M. Albanese, A. De Benedictis, S. Jajodia, and P. Shakarian. “A Probabilistic Framework for Localization of Attackers in MANETs”. To appear in Proceedings of the 17th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS 2012), Pisa, Italy, September 10-14, 2012.

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  • M. Albanese, S. Jajodia, and S. Noel. “Time-Efficient and Cost-Effective Network Hardening Using Attack Graphs”. To appear in Proceedings of the 42nd Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2012), Boston, Massachusetts, USA, June 25-28, 2012.

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  • M. Albanese, A. Pugliese, and V. S. Subrahmanian. “Fast Activity Detection: Indexing for Temporal Stochastic Automaton based Activity Models”. To appear in IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, 2012.

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  • M. Albanese, S. Jajodia, A. Pugliese, and V. S. Subrahmanian. “Scalable Detection of Cyber Attacks”. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Information Systems and Industrial Management Applications (CISIM 2011), pages 9-18, Kolkata, India, December 14-16, 2011.

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  • S. Jajodia, S. Noel, P. Kalapa, M. Albanese, and J. Williams. “Cauldron: Mission-Centric Cyber Situational Awareness with Defense in Depth”. In Proceedings of the Military Communications Conference (MILCOM 2011), Baltimore, Maryland, USA, November 7-10, 2011.

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Spring 2018 Courses

AIT 670 Cyber Security Fundamentals
AIT 670 DL Cloud Computing Security

Last updated August 6, 2018

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