Erik van der Kouwe

Erik van der Kouwe

Assistant Professor

Contact Details

Email address
Office 11-A57
Mailing address Erik van der Kouwe
Dept of Computer Science
NU building, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1111
1081 HV, Amsterdam
The Netherlands


Erik van der Kouwe is an assistant professor co-leading the VUSec systems security group at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam together with Herbert Bos and Cristiano Giuffrida. He received his PhD in software reliability from prof. Andy Tanenbaum, and afterwards broadened hist scope to include systems security. His recent work is on practical compiler-assisted defenses against zero-day vulnerabilities and on properly benchmarking such defenses.

Selected Publications


  • Current
    • Secure Programming (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • Past
    • Security (Leiden University)
    • Programming Techniques (Leiden University)
    • Research Seminar (Leiden University)
    • Studying Skills (Leiden University)
    • Introductory lecture for prospective BSc students (Leiden University)
    • Biomedical Security (guest lecture, Leiden University)
    • Cyber security for ICT in Business (guest lecture, Leiden University)
    • Computer and Network Security (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
    • Computer Systems (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)