Joseph M. Sobchuk

It's rewarding to contribute to projects critical to national security, to prove experimentally that they function correctly, and to be able to communicate and demonstrate that work to an external audience.

Joseph Sobchuk

Joseph M. Sobchuk is an associate staff member in the Secure Resilient Systems and Technology Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He is passionate about writing functional, efficient, and secure software to solve some of the biggest cybersecurity challenges that we face as a nation. Traditionally, applying security techniques and architectures in a tactical setting has been a complicated and time-consuming process. Mr. Sobchuk's interests lie in developing technologies that make security seamless to the end users, enabling their devices and computing systems to operate safely and with resilience to cyberattacks.

Towards this goal, he is currently working on two projects related to cryptographic key management: one concerning the protection of satellite communications for up to tens of thousands of users, and another focused on the authenticity and secrecy of command and control links for unmanned systems and devices. Recently, he authored a paper about applying hardware-based confidentiality and integrity protections to software applications, which was published and presented at the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Network Computing and Applications in Cambridge, MA.

In addition to his technical work, Mr. Sobchuk is heavily involved in the Cyber Security and Information Science Division’s college recruiting program. He leads the division’s recruiting efforts at the Georgia Institute of Technology, his alma mater, by organizing and attending multiple campus visits per year to meet students at career fairs and interview promising candidates. He also spearheads the division’s annual Cyber Golf event in which staff members enjoy an afternoon on the links, regardless of (and usually in spite of) their skill levels.

Prior to joining the Laboratory full time, Mr. Sobchuk completed several internships with the Secure Resilient Systems and Technology Group. He earned his BS degree in computer engineering in 2015 and his MS degree in electrical and computer engineering in 2016, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology.