Massimiliano Albanese

Titles and Organizations

Associate Professor, Information Sciences and Technology, Volgenau Associate Director, Center for Secure Information Systems, Center for Secure Information Systems

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-1629
Campus: Fairfax
Building: Research Hall
Room 417
Mail Stop: 5B5

Personal Websites


Massimiliano Albanese is an associate Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technology, and he also serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS) and the Codirector of the Laboratory for IT Entrepreneurship (LITE). He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering in 2005 from the University of Naples Federico II, and joined George Mason University in 2011 after serving as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Maryland. His research interests are in the area of Information and Network Security, with particular emphasis on Modeling and Detection of Cyber Attacks, Cyber Situational Awareness, Network Hardening and Optimal Defenses, Moving Target Defense and Adaptive Cyber Defense, and Cyber-Physical Systems. Albanese has participated in sponsored research projects totaling $7.8M. He holds a U.S. Patent and has co-authored a book, 16 book chapters, and over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He is one of only three recipients of the 2014 Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award, one of the most prestigious honors at Mason.


2014 - 2017 : Extra-Curricular Activities to support Educational Programs in Information Technology Entrepreneurship. Funded by VentureWell.

2014 - 2016 : E-Mow: Biomass-Powered Robot Harvester. Funded by VentureWell.

2014 - 2015 : Effective CSA Assessment and Training. Funded by Sandia Research Corportation.

2013 - 2016 : Adversarial and Uncertain Reasoning for Adaptive Cyber Defense: Building the Scientific Foundations Army Research Office.

Research Interests

Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Information Security and Assurance, Cybersecurity


  • PhD, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Naples Federico II
  • MS, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Naples Federico II
  • BA, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Naples Federico II