Michael A. Zhivich

Michael ZhivichMichael A. Zhivich
Lincoln Laboratory
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Secure Resilient Systems and Technology Group
244 Wood Street
Lexington, MA 02420-9108
email: mzhivich@ll.mit.edu


Michael Zhivich joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory in 2005 as a member of the Cyber Systems and Technology (now Secure Resilient Systems and Technology) Group. Since joining the Laboratory, he has contributed to research, development, and evaluation efforts in several areas, including program analysis and testing aimed at discovering security vulnerabilities; whole-system dynamic information flow tracking; malware analysis tool development; and virtual machine introspection.

Mr. Zhivich's recent roles included leading the red-teaming and system integration efforts for a diverse set of technologies being developed as part of a next-generation resilient, adaptive, and secure computing platform. In addition to building, analyzing, and evaluating secure systems, he is also interested in game theory, usability, and economic implications of deploying security mechanisms and policies.

Mr. Zhivich is one of the creators of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Capture-the-Flag competitions aimed at teaching practical computer security to Boston-area university students. Recently, he continued his foray into designing and building capture-the-flag competitions by participating as a member of the framework team for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Cyber Grand Challenge, a capture-the-flag competition for completely autonomous competitors, designed to improve the state of the art in automated software defense.

Mr. Zhivich holds BS (2004) and MEng (2005) degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from MIT.


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