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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” - Marcel Proust

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Luca Allodi is an Assistant Professor in the Security Group of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research focuses on vulnerability laws, with a strong accent on attackers’ behavior and strategies, seeking quantitative answers to the economics of vulnerability exploitation and the management of cyber risk. His research looks for technical, economic, and strategic factors that drive vulnerability exploitation ‘in the wild’. To this aim, he investigates the dynamic optimization problems the attacker solves when engineering a new attack, the underground markets in which the attackers operate, the technology they employ, and the rates at which attacks are delivered to the final users. This research draws from several field, including computer security, economics, risk analysis, and criminology.

Luca is currently working on new ways to integrate security metrics with cyber attacks economics; in particular, he is interested in understanding if analysis of new trends in cybercrime attacks (APTs, black markets, botnet rentals...) can be exploited to improve current metrics for security.

Academic background

Luca Allodi obtained his PhD in 2015 from the University of Trento, Italy, with a thesis entitled: "Risk-based Vulnerability Management. Exploiting the economic nature of the attacker to build sound and measurable vulnerability mitigation strategies". Whilst studying for his MSc, he became interested in Social Network Dynamics, the diffusion of information within networks, and the different roles of nodes. He is also an acknowledged authoring member of the First.org SIG Team for the upcoming CVSS v3 framework (the worldwide standard-de-facto for vulnerability assessment)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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