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Management & Digitalisation

Securing Systems against Advanced Attacks

Is the security of your critinal computing infrastructure important to
you? We are specialized in advanced hardware/software attacks and the
development of secure mitigations.

COMSEC is the recently-established computer security group of the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (D-ITET) at ETH Zürich.

Our main research goal is the construction of reliable and secure computing systems. To this end, our research often touches on all layers of the computing stack, from software, all the way down to hardware. We use novel analysis techniques to better understand the attack surface of modern systems and when appropriate, we build systems that can withstand different classes of attacks. We regularly publish our results at top systems and security conferences and our work has won multiple prestigious best paper and industry awards over the years. We also regularly collaborate with various industry partners to conduct research and improve the security of their products. Examples include Microsoft, Intel, Qualcomm and Google to name a few. We look forward to establishing new relationship with industry partners here in Switzerland.

Please refer to to learn more about our research and other activities.


I am an assistant professor (tenure track) in the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at ETH Zürich where I lead the Computer Security Group. I am generally interested in computer systems and security with a special focus on commodity hardware and operating systems. Before joining ETH Zürich, I started the hardware security track at VUSec, first as a postdoc and later as an assistant professor. I received my PhD from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2015 for improving the scalability of cloud infrastructures. During my PhD, I interned twice with Microsoft Research, building rack-scale computers. I also hold an MSc from ETH Zürich and a BSc from Sharif University of Technology.

COMSEC @ ETH Kaveh Razavi+41 44 632 70 13kaveh@ethz.ch