Victor van der Veen

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1081A
1081 HV, Amsterdam
The Netherlands


Since June 2014, I am a PhD candidate in the VUSec group at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam where I also obtained my MSc. degree in Computer Science in August 2013. I am currently under the supervision of dr. Cristiano Giuffrida and prof. dr. ir. Herbert Bos.

My research focuses on – but is not limited to – malware on smartphones and is part of the Dutch-American Project Arrangement about cooperative research and development on cybersecurity. This means that I spent some time at the University of California Santa Barbara, where I was advised by prof. dr. Christopher Kruegel and prof. dr. Giovanni Vigna. Besides mobile malware, I am interested in (low-level) system topics that enhance system security, as well as reverse engineering and analyzing malicious code. Aside from doing research on these topics, I also enjoy implementing related features in real systems.

Before starting my work as a PhD candidate, I had a brief fling with the security industry while working as a consultant for a small company named ITQ. My work involved finding and exploiting vulnerabilities in (mostly live) computer systems to detect potential security issues within an organization. To keep these skills up to date, I occasionally participate in Capture The Flag hacking competitions.