David Brumley named third director of CyLab


July 6, 2015

Electrical and computer engineering (ECE) professor David Brumley will serve as the third director of Carnegie Mellon's campus-wide cybersecurity research and education center, CyLab, effective July 1, 2015. Brumley will succeed ECE professor Virgil Gligor, who is stepping down after serving in this position for seven years to take a sabbatical leave and to focus on his research.

"I am extremely pleased that David has agreed to lead CyLab as its new director," said Jim Garrett, dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering. "His scholarship, exceptional work in education and enthusiasm for research will enable CyLab to build on its extraordinary international leadership in information security and privacy achieved over the past dozen years."

Brumley began as an assistant professor in Carnegie Mellon's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering after receiving his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science in 2009. He was later promoted to associate professor and most recently served as CyLab's technical director. Brumley's research focuses on software security and program analysis.

In addition, Brumley has led several outreach efforts in the field. He is the faculty sponsor of picoCTF, a high school computer security competition that has drawn over 10,000 student participants in each of the past two years it has been held. Brumley also leads a student cybersecurity team that has received acclaim at international cybersecurity competitions. The team received first place rankings at the DefCon "Capture the Flag" cybersecurity competition — dubbed the "Super Bowl of Hacking" — in 2013 and 2014.

Related People:

David Brumley