Gang Wang has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech.

Wang is one of the primary inventors of the security detection system to detect drive-by download attacks for Microsoft’s search engine. Wang has invented a number of practical security solutions and transferred the research results to build production-level security systems by working closely with industry partners such as LinkedIn, Whisper, and Renren.

Wang’s research is data driven through large-scale data analytics on real-world systems and focuses on three main areas: security and privacy in large online communities, data-driven modeling of user behavior, and security of mobile and wearable devices. His goals work toward gaining a deep understanding of user behavior and its role in attacks and defenses to better secure Internet systems.

Wang earned his bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University and a doctoral degree from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Wang is one of 27 new faculty members that were hired in the university's College of Engineering.

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