Ertza Warraich

Purdue University · West Lafayette, IN 47907 · Email Me

Security enthusiast with a love for artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Industry experience of ~4 years, currently working as an RA at PurSec while pursuing my Ph.D.
Pursuing my PhD in Computer Science under Asst. Prof. Dave Jing Tian.


Purdue University

Ph.D. Computer Science
Systems Security Track

CGPA: 4.00

Advisor: Asst. Prof. Dave (Jing) Tian

  • Data Communication And Computer Networks
  • Advanced Theory of Computation
  • 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, 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