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Hi, my name is Sebastian Österlund. I am currently a PhD Candidate at the Systems and Network Security Group (VUsec) at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. My research is funded by Cisco.

Before joining the VUsec group I was a master’s student at the same university, studying Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems.

At the VU I also worked as a Teaching-Assistant in the Department of Computer Science. Some of the courses for which I have been a TA:

For more info you can have a look at my curriculum vitae.

After finishing high-school at Katedralskolan in Turku, Finland, I decided to start studying in the Netherlands. I completed my bachelor’s in Computer Science at the VU in 2015.

For my Bachelor thesis I developed a defense against Just-in-Time Return-Oriented-Programming (JIT-ROP) attacks using execute-only memory: Strengthening diversification defenses by means of a non-readable code segment.

For my Master’s thesis I developed a defense against kernel-level exploits: Detecting information leaks using kernel-level multi-variant execution.

Fields of interest:

Here is a list of some of the programming languages and technologies that I have experience with:

You can find some of my public programming projects on my public GitHub repo.