Xiaoyan Sun

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, California State University, Sacramento

Xiaoyan Sun is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Computer Science, California State University, Sacramento. She received her Ph.D. degree in Informatics from the Pennsylvania State University in 2016. Her research interests lie in cybersecurity, including enterprise-level network and distributed system security, digital forensics, cloud security, IoT security, advanced persistent threat (APT) detection, moving target defense (MTD), AI for security, and other related areas. She has published over 20 conference/journal papers in top cybersecurity venues such as IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS) and European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS). Her work on “Probabilistic Identification of Zero-day Attack Paths” won the Best Runner-up Paper award in IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS) 2016. Dr. Sun has served as the publicity co-chair for the CCS’20 conference, the NSF panelist, the technical program committee member, or reviewer for a number of cybersecurity conferences, workshops, and journals, such as the ACSAC, TDSC, TIFS, ToN, and so on.


  • Network security
  • Digital forensics