Niels Provos

IRL Name: 
Niels Provos

Niels Provos is a German National who is a researcher in the areas of secure systems, malware, cryptography and the Principal Software Engineer at Google. He has previous involvements and contributions to The Honeynet Project, Center For Information Technology Integration - University of Michigan, OpenSSH, OpenBSD, etc. He is the developer and maintainer of Honeyd, a small daemon that creates virtual hosts on a network and used as a honeypot system.


Dr. Provos has also served as the Program Chair of the Usenix Security Symposium, on the program committees of the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium, ACM SIGCOMM, and numerous other conferences, and served on the board of directors of Usenix from 2006 to 2010.

The creator of the bcrypt adaptive cryptographic hash function

He is also the author of SpyBye malware detector, the Systrace access control system, the libevent event driven programming system and the StegDetect steganography detector.