About Me

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My name is Oleksii Starov (and often, Alex Starov). I’m a principal researcher at Palo Alto Networks and my current research focuses on proactive and data-driven web security, online privacy threats, cybercrime investigations.

Before joining PAN in 2018, I received my PhD in Computer Science from Stony Brook University, New York. I was working in the PragSec Lab, advised by Professor Nick Nikiforakis.

Earlier, in 2013 I got my MS degree in Software Engineering from East Carolina University, USA, and MS in Computer Engineering from National Aerospace University ‘KhAI’, Ukraine. Both with university honors.

Please find below my selected publications and community service.



  • MADWeb 2021: Program Committee Chair
  • WTMC 2021: Program Committee Member
  • PETS 2021: External Reviewer
  • NoNameCon 2020: Program Committee Member
  • PETS 2020: External Reviewer
  • MADWeb 2020: Program Committee Chair
  • LEMINCS 2019: Program Committee Member
  • NoNameCon 2019: Program Committee Member
  • PETS 2019: External Reviewer
  • UA-CTF 2018: Co-creator & Organizer
  • CSAW 2018: One of the Final Judges for Applied Research Competition
  • UISGCON 2018: Organizing Committee Member / CTF Master
  • NoNameCon 2018: Program Committee Member
  • PETS 2018: External Reviewer
  • IET Information Security: Several reviews in 2017-2018


  • Email: ostarov[at]paloaltonetworks[dot]com or ostarov[at]cs[dot]stonybrook[dot]edu
  • Twitter: @o_starov