Dr. Sandeep Bhatkar is a Researcher at Symantec Research Labs in Culver City, CA. In 1998 he received a B.Tech. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and in 2007 a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Dr. Bhatkar’s research interests include software security, program analysis, and machine learning. He currently works on behavior-based malware analysis. He has developed a tool that automatically captures correlations among APIs and then extracts high-level malware behaviors, such as terminating security software, logging key-strokes, self-copying, stealing sensitive data, etc. His Ph.D. research developed software diversity-based defense techniques (such as Address Space Randomization and Data Space Randomization) to combat exploits of memory errors. His research resulted in publications in top security conferences, such as the Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP), USENIX Security Symposium, and IEEE Security and Privacy.