Ertza Warraich

Purdue University · West Lafayette, IN 47907 · Email Me

Security enthusiast with a keen interest for machine learning and networks.
Industry experience of ~4 years, currently pursuing my PhD in CS under Asst. Prof. Muhammad Shahbaz.


Purdue University

Ph.D. Computer Science
Systems Security Track

CGPA: 4.00

Advisor: Asst. Prof. Muhammad Shahbaz

  • Data Communication And Computer Networks
  • Programmable Data Planes
  • Advanced Operating Systems
  • Network Security
January 2020 - Present

National University of Sciences and Technology

M.S. Computer Science
Artificial Intelligence Track

CGPA: 3.65

Thesis: Intelligent botnet that evades detection from state-of-the-art IDSs using machine learning

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Advanced Image Processing
  • Information Retrieval
  • Big Data Analytics
September 2017 - June 2019

National University of Sciences and Technology

B.E. Computer Software Engineering
Network Security Track

CGPA: 3.64

Thesis: A Network Monitoring tool that automatically discovers and displays all the connected network devices with their respective topologies

  • Computer Forensics
  • Operating Systems
  • Network Security
  • Cryptography
September 2012 - June 2016


  • Languages: C/C++, Java, R, Python, JavaScript, ActionScript, AutoIT
  • Linux internals, subsystem fuzzing, symbolic execution, driver development, automation
  • Windows internals, kernel programming, driver development, mini-filters
  • AI \& big data: Tensorflow, Keras, Scikit, Hadoop, Spark, Hive
  • SOC (L1/L2): Incidence response, OSSIM, OSSEC, Splunk, Security Onion, MISP
  • Computer forensics: Sysinternals, Cuckoo, IDA, Encase, FTK, Autopsy, Volatility
  • Vulnerability assessment: ACL, Auditing, BurpSuite, Nessus, OpenVAS, Metasploit, Hydra, SQLMap, OWASP T-10


In my free time I play around with bad USBs (and other HIDs), monitor malwares, read up on latest security news, and do CTFs. Apart from being a security geek, I enjoy developing android apps as a hobby. I am also into e-gaming and CS-1.6 is one of the favorites.

Being an aspiring cook I love to try all foods and this has turned me into an eminent food blogger. I am also the founding member of Aliya foundation - an NGO that is helping provide education to special children in remote villages of Pakistan.

Honors, Awards & Certifications

  • Gold Medal for Overall Best Student - NUST University
  • Windows Driver Developer (Black Belt) - Binalyze Certification
  • AWS Foundations: Machine Learning Basics
  • AWS Hadoop Fundamentals
  • AWS Security, Identity and Compliance
  • AWS Foundations: Securing Your AWS Cloud
  • Nessus Certificate of Proficiency
  • Network Security Associate NSE II - Fortinet
  • NDG Linux Essentials - Cisco
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity - Cisco