Center for Cybersecurity Analytics and Automation

National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC)

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Faculty and Staff

Sushil Jajodia, Ph.D.

Professor & Center Director

Sushil Jajodia is University Professor, BDM International Professor, and the Center's director for the George Mason University site. He is also the director of the Center for Secure Information Systems, which operates CCAA. He served as the chair of the Department of Information and Software Engineering from 1998 to 2002. He joined Mason after serving as the director of the Database and Expert Systems Program within the Division of Information, Robotics, and Intelligent Systems at the National Science Foundation. Before that he was the head of the Database and Distributed Systems Section in the Computer Science and Systems Branch at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington and Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Dr. Jajodia received his PhD from the University of Oregon, Eugene. The scope of his current research interests encompasses information secrecy, privacy, integrity, and availability problems in military, civil, and commercial sectors. He has authored or coauthored six books, edited 41 books and conference proceedings, and published more than 425 technical papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He is also a holds thirteen U.S. patents.


        Sushil Jajodia

Massimiliano Albanese, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Massimiliano Albanese is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technology, the Associate Director of the Center for Secure Information Systems, and the founding Co-Director of the Laboratory for IT Entrepreneurship (LITE).

Dr. Albanese holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II. He joined the University of Maryland in 2006 as a Faculty Research Assistant before joining George Mason University in 2011. At George Mason University, Dr. Albanese’s research interests have focused on Modeling and Detection of Cyber Attack, Network Hardening, Moving Target Defense, and Adaptive Cyber Defense. He is Co-PI o PI on funded projects totaling about $9.8M. Dr. Albanese holds a U.S. Patent and has co-authored a book and over 70 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He is one of the three recipients of the 2014 Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award, one of the most prestigious honors at Mason.

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        Massimiliano Albanese

Kun Sun, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Kun Sun is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technology. He is the Chief Scientist of CSIS. He is also the director of Sun Security Laboratory. He joined George Mason University after serving as Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at College of William and Mary. He has more than 15 years working experience in both industry and academia.

Kun Sun received his PhD from Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. His research focuses on systems and network security. The main thrusts of his research include moving target defense, honeypot, Linux container security, forensic analysis of virtual machine, security on Internet of Things (IoT), Android Security, system resource isolation and access control, and password management. He published over 70 technical papers on security conferences and journals including IEEE S&P, ACM CCS, USENIX Security, NDSS, IEEE DSN, ESORICS, ACSAC, IEEE TDSC, and IEEE TIFS, and two papers won the Best Paper Award.


        Kun Sun


Emanuela Marasco, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Emanuela Marasco is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technology. Before joining George Mason University, she was an Adjunct Professor and a Post-doctoral Researcher in Pattern Recognition and Biometrics at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, Department of Computer Science. From 2011-2014, Dr. Marasco was a post-doctoral Associate Researcher in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University. She received a five-year degree (Bachelor and M.Sc.) in Computer Engineering, in March 2006, and a PhD in Computer and Automation Engineering, in December 2010, both from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy.  Her research interests focus on pattern recognition, machine learning, image processing, computer vision, and biometrics. Specifically, she is addressing vulnerabilities and challenges of biometric systems through design and development of: (1) anti-spoofing countermeasures in fingerprint recognition systems, (2) algorithms for automatic enhancement of fingerprint sensor interoperability to maintain data independence from underlying device, (3) image de-identification techniques for privacy enhancement, (4) automatic estimation of soft biometrics (e.g., age, gender) from fingerprints, and (5) adaptive schemes for human identification based on degraded DNA samples. her current sponsors are NSF, DHS and DARPA.


        Emanuela Marasco


Rajesh Ganesan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Rajesh Ganesan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research. Dr. Ganesan received his Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from the University of South Florida in 2005. His current research interests are in stochastic optimization (dynamic resource allocation using approximate dynamic programming), quality and statistics (feature detection and function approximation in high-dimensional data), and enginering education in K-12.


        Rajesh Ganesan