Security & Privacy



a key tied to a door locking away server racks

Our society is increasingly transitioning towards an information-centric paradigm, enabled by pervasive networked computing devices. This has brought concerns about security and privacy to a forefront; attackers can exploit vulnerabilities in our systems and protocols to compromise our critical infrastructure as well as end-user devices. How can we secure our computing systems? How can we protect the privacy of our sensitive information?

By leveraging our strengths in areas ranging from communication networks and computer architecture to information systems and machine learning, electrical and computer engineering researchers at Princeton are in a unique position to counter security and privacy threats. We are designing secure and trustworthy computing architectures for mobile and wearable devices, medical devices and smart cars. We are creating privacy-preserving and secure protocols for communication between devices, including anonymity systems such as Tor and security mechanisms for Internet routing. We are investigating approaches that protect the privacy of user data, with applications for finance, medical records, social networks and cloud computing. Finally, we are building the mathematical foundations of security and privacy, including information theoretic security, adversarial machine learning, and privacy-utility trade-offs.


Maria Apostolaki
Visiting Research Scholar
Carnegie Mellon University, Postdoctoral Researcher
Niraj Jha
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director of Graduate Studies
Sun-Yuan Kung
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ruby Lee
Forrest G. Hamrick Professor in Engineering
Sharad Malik
George Van Ness Lothrop Professor in Engineering
Prateek Mittal
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director of Undergraduate Studies
H. Vincent Poor
Michael Henry Strater University Professor
Paul Prucnal
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director, Center for Network Security and Access (CNSA)
Pramod Viswanath
Visiting Research Scholar
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Professor