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Ivan Pashchenko, PhD

Research Assistant Professor in Security Research Group at the University of Trento (Italy)


  • PhD with a major in Software Security, Software Supply Chain Security, Software Verification, and Machine Learning

  • 15 papers (8 at A/A* conferences, 1 journal)

  • WP main contact from the University of Trento in H2020-AssureMOSS (4.7M Euro, 12 partners) and H2020-CyberSec4Europe (16M Euro, 44 partners)

  • used Python and Java for the software systems that are (i) used by SAP developers, (ii) are part of the open-source dependency analysis tool Eclipse Steady, and (iii) automate the designed methodologies

  • industrial experience as a Machine Learning Intern at SAP Security Research (France) and a Leading Security Engineer at Bashneft (Russia)

  • invited speaker at large industrial events: Github Satellite Virtual 2020 (6500+ live listeners) and Java Devs Summit 2020 (10K+ participants)

Current research interests

  • Secure dependency management in Java and Python

  • Python software supply chain security

  • Deep Learning (DL) methods for finding security vulnerabilities


I received my PhD from the University of Trento (Italy) under the supervision of Prof. Fabio Massacci. My thesis title is “Decision Support of Security Assessment of Software Vulnerabilities in Industrial Practice” and my PhD was completed in compliance with the requirements of "Doctor Europaeus". My research was honoured silver medal on 2017 ACM/Microsoft Student Research Competition in the Graduate category and I was an invited speaker at the Github Satellite 2020 with 6500+ online attendees. During my PhD I spent 6 months in Security Research Group at SAP Labs France, working on machine learning (scikit-learn) and deep learning (TensorFlow) techniques for software security.

Previously, I was a Leading Engineer in the Technological Security Department at the JSOC "Bashneft" (Russia), where I was responsible for protecting corporate infrastructure from cyber threats and viruses with the help of solutions developed by Cisco and Trend Micro. I deployed the system for web traffic analysis; configured antivirus system to work on such unstable objects as remote gas stations and deployed it to all the gas stations of the company; developed and applied a strategy for preventing RansomeWare attacks.

I am also a semi-professional volleyball player, passionate snowboarder, and hiker.

Contact me at:

E-mail: ivan.pashchenko[at] Twitter: @ivPashenko Skype: ivanpashchenko My LinkedIn page: LinkedIn