Alex Bardas

Alexandru G. Bardas

The University of Kansas
Assistant Professor
EECS Department and I2S
2040 Eaton Hall
238 Nichols Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
+1 785 864 4421
alexbardas ku edu


My research interests are mainly focused on cybersecurity. Currently, I am involved in a variety of research projects such as leveraging moving target defenses in various environments, developing metrics and more effective tools for security operation centers, embedding security in DevOps tools, exploring software updating ecosystems, and enhancing the cyber layer of the power grid. Previous projects include bringing anthropology into cybersecurity, analyzing DNS data, malware analysis using fuzzy hashing, and defense strategies against UDP-based DDoS attacks.

undo Cybersecurity Lab

I am fortunate to work (or have worked) with a number of bright and talented students:
  • Dalton Hahn (PhD)
  • Kailani Jones (PhD)
  • Yousif Dafalla (PhD)
  • Shawn Robertson (PhD)
  • Kabir Panahi (PhD)
  • Alaa Daffalla (MS, graduated, now at Cornell Tech)
  • Ahsan Muhamad (BS CS, 2019 – 2021, planned 2022 graduation)
  • Cameron Kientz (BS CE, graduated, now at Cerner)
  • Ron Andrews (MS, graduated, now at Northrop Grumman)



Refereed Posters

  • Alexandru G. Bardas. Creating and Managing Structurally-Morphing IT Systems – Moving Targets. In 2019 NSF Secure and Trustworthy CyberSpace Principal Investigators' Meeting. October 2019. (Invited)
  • Alexandru G. Bardas and Bradley Fidler. A Sociotechnical Metrics Framework for Network and Security Operation Centers. In 2019 NSF Secure and Trustworthy CyberSpace Principal Investigators' Meeting. October 2019. (Invited)
  • Dalton Hahn and Alexandru G. Bardas. Introducing Moving Target Defense Methods to Secure the World of IoT Devices in Cyber-Physical Systems. In the University of Kansas NSA Science of Security Lablet Workshop on Securing the Internet of Things. October 2018. (Peer-reviewed)
  • Alexandru G. Bardas, Ian Unruh, Rui Zhuang, Xinming Ou, and Scott A. DeLoach. Compiling Abstract Specifications into Concrete Systems – Bringing Order to the Cloud. In USENIX Annual Technical Conference (ATC). June 2014. (Peer-reviewed)
  • Jason Jones, Marc R. Eisenbarth, Michael Barr, Alexandru G. Bardas. A Survey of Fuzzy Hashing Algorithms for Malware Clustering. In USENIX Security. August 2013. (Peer-reviewed)
  • Alexandru G. Bardas, Loai Zomlot, Sathya Chandran Sundaramurthy, Xinming Ou, S. Raj Rajagopalan, and Marc R. Eisenbarth. Classification of UDP Traffic for DDoS Detection. In USENIX Security. August 2012. (Peer-reviewed)

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