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Seminar: A Changing Landscape: Securing the Internet of Things (IoT)

Professor Sanjay Jha will present the following seminar at The University of Sydney, see below:

 

Advertised through: http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/it/research/news/sanjay-jha.shtml

 

A CHANGING LANDSCAPE: SECURING THE INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT)

 

Speaker: Professor Sanjay K Jha

Director, Cybersecurity and Privacy Laboratory (Cyspri), UNSW

 

When: Wednesday 1 June, 2016, 4:00-5:00pm

Where: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, SIT Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1

 

Abstract

First part of this talk will discuss how the community is converging towards the IoT vision having worked in wireless sensor networking and Machine-2-Machine (M2M) communication. This will follow a general discussion of security challenges in IoT. Finally I will discuss some results from an ongoing projects on security of bodywork devices and IoT. Wireless bodyworn sensing devices are becoming popular for fitness, sports training and personalized healthcare applications. Securing the data generated by these devices is essential if they are to be integrated into the current health infrastructure and employed in medical applications. In this talk, I will discuss a mechanism to secure data provenance and location proof for these devices by exploiting symmetric spatio-temporal characteristics of the wireless link between two communicating parties. Our solution enables both parties to generate closely matching `link' fingerprints, which uniquely associate a data session with a wireless link such that a third party, at a later date, can verify the links the data was communicated on. These fingerprints are very hard for an eavesdropper to forge, lightweight compared to traditional provenance mechanisms, and allow for interesting security properties such as accountability and non-repudiation. I will present our solution with experiments using bodyworn devices in scenarios approximating actual device deployment. I will also touch upon other research on secure reprogramming of IoT devices over wireless networks.

 

Speaker's biography

Professor Sanjay K. Jha is Director of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Laboratory (Cyspri) at UNSW. He also heads the Network Systems and Security Group (NetSys) at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales. His research activities cover a wide range of topics in networking including Network and Systems Security, Wireless Sensor Networks, Adhoc/Community wireless networks, Resilience and Multicasting in IP Networks. Sanjay has published over 200 articles in high quality journals and conferences and graduated more than 20 PhD students. He is the principal author of the book Engineering Internet QoS and a co-editor of the book Wireless Sensor Networks: A Systems Perspective. He is an editor of the IEEE Trans. of Secure and Dependable Computing and served as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC) and the ACM Computer Communication Review (CCR).

UNSW Seminar Series on Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Cryptocurrency

Meeting time: Mondays 6-8pm

Venue: CSE Seminar Room, level 1, building K17, UNSW Kensington (UNSW map)

Participation: free and open, but expect to be asked to present on some topic some week!

Organiser: Prof. Ron van der Meyden, School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW

RSVP: newly intending participants please email "meyden AT cse.unsw.edu.au" so we can keep a track of numbers.

First Meeting: Monday March 21

Topic: Overview and Introductions: what do we all know already, where would we like to go?

Find more information about the seminar series/reading group in: http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au/~meyden/blockchain.html.

 

PhishGuru inventor Prof Ponnurangam Kumaraguru

One-day tutorial by Prof. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru on "Privacy and Security in Online Social Media"
24th February 2016

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Speaker: Associate Professor Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi
Title: Privacy and Security in Online Social Media
Date: Wednesday 24 February 2016
Time: 10:00 – 11:30, 12:00 – 13:30
Location: CSE Seminar room (K17_113), Level 1, CSE Building (K17).
Hosts: Prof. Sanjay Jha, Director Cybersecurity and Privacy Lab, UNSW and Dr Dali Kaafar, Research Group Leader, Networks Group, Connecting to the World Program, DATA61 | CSIRO

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Tutorial Description:

With increase in the usage of the Internet, there has been an exponential increase in the use of online social media on the Internet. Websites like Facebook, YouTube, Orkut, Twitter, Flickr, Google+, FourSquare, Pinterest, and the likes have changed the way the Internet is being used. Privacy and security of online social media need to be investigated, studied and characterized from various perspectives (computational, cultural, psychological, etc.). It is critical to detect security threats and defend privacy through real-time and scalable systems. Since there are no logical boundaries for the social media, it is important to study the problem from an international perspective too.

Topics to be covered:
+ Trust, credibility, and reputations in social systems
+ Detection and characterization of spam, phishing
+ Information privacy disclosure, revelation and its effects in OSM and online social networks
+ Tracking social footprint / identities across different social network

About Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, relevant to this Tutorial:
Professor Ponnurangam Kumaraguru (PK) started the workshop Privacy and Security in Online Social Media (PSOSM), as part of WWW conference in 2012, conducted the same workshop in 2013 also. PSOSM along with 5 other workshops [WOSN (SIGCOMM/Usenix), SNS (Eurosys), DBSocial (SIGMOD), HotSocial (KDD), WOSS (VLDB)] has now been merged into Conference on Online Social Networks (COSN), PK helped create this conference. PK has taught the same course in a full semester format more than a couple of times in IIIT Delhi and received course evaluation 4+ on 5. He has also taught the course in full credit format at UFMG, Brazil a couple of times. He taught the course at Brazil physically being in campus in UFMG; students at UFMG also gave excellent feedback for the course. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1093745140650798.1073741890.100000459677395&type=1&l=085ed11d0e to see some pictures from the projects done as part of the full semester / 4 credits course done at IIITD during this Fall 2015.

 

Seminar: Cyber Security Tomorrow: What are the Long-Term challenges?

Seminar by Prof Andrew Martin from Oxford on "Cyber Security Tomorrow: What are the Long-Term challenges?" 2nd Dec'15

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Title: Cyber Security Tomorrow: What are the Long-Term challenges?
Speaker: Prof. Andrew Martin, University of Oxford
Date: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
Time: 11am - 12pm
Venue: K-J17-G02 - Ainswth G02
Host: Prof. Sanjay Jha, Director CySPri
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Abstract:
Cyber Security often seems to be dominated by short-term concerns, because there are a great many issues that need immediate resolution. Simultaneously, many seem to expect that this will be a running theme for many years to come: the underlying problems and challenges show no sign of reaching a firm resolution. The reason for this seems to lie in the relative immaturity of software engineering as a discipline -- even forty years after its foundation -- and also in the way that cyberspace has become a part of everyday reality for most people in the developed world (and for many in the developing world too), reconfiguring social norms as it becomes ever-more pervasive. Meeting these challenges appears to require a profound shift in the education of technologists -- but also in the way we conceive of society and the interactions in which everyone participates.

Bio:
Prof. Andrew Martin undertakes research and teaching in the area of Systems Security, in the University of Oxford. He conceived the University's new Cyber Security Centre and helps to direct it, leading the University's successful bid to be recognised as a Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research. He directs the new Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security, which admits 17 students each year for inter-disciplinary education and research. His recent research focus has been on the technologies of Trusted Computing, exploring how they can be applied in grid and cloud computing contexts, as well as in mobile devices, in order to address their emerging security challenges. Andrew wrote a doctoral thesis on the subject 'Machine-Assisted Theorem Proving for Software Engineering', in the early 1990s. He then worked as a Research Fellow in the Software Verification Research Centre at the University of Queensland, Australia. Returning to the UK, he was briefly a lecturer at the University of Southampton, before returning to Oxford to take up his present post in 1999. Dr Martin is a fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. He is presently the supervisor for seven doctoral students, and holds several research grants, details below.

 

Seminar: Scalable Embedded Device Attestation

Presenter: Professor Gene Tsudik, University of California, Irvine (UCI)

Title: Scalable Embedded Device Attestation

Date/Time: Monday 16 November 2015, 11am – 12pm (Sydney time)

Venue: ATP Level 4 Seminar Room, CRL Seminar Room

Connection Details: Hosted at ATP via Video Conference to other sites, VC dial in number – 61280934001

Abstract:
Today, large numbers of smart interconnected devices providesafety and security critical services for energy grids, industrial controlsystems, building automation, transportation, and critical infrastructure. These devices often operate in groups, forming large, dynamic, and even self-organizing, networks. Collective integrity verification of software for device groups is necessary to ensure their correct and safe operation as well as to protect them against malware infestations. However, current device attestation schemes assume a single prover and do not scale to groups thereof. We discuss the design of SEDA -- the first attestation scheme for device groups. This work includes a formal security model for swarm attestation and two proof-of-concept SEDA implementations based on two recent attestation architectures for embedded systems. SEDA can efficiently attest device groups with dynamic or static topologies.

Biography:
Gene Tsudik is a Chancellor's Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from USC in 1991. Before coming to UCI in 2000, he was at IBM Zurich Research Laboratory (1991-1996) and USC/ISI (1996-2000). Over the years, his research interests included many topics in security and applied cryptography. He is the Director of Secure Computing and Networking Center (SCONCE) at UCI. Gene Tsudik is a former Fulbright Scholar, an ACM fellow, an IEEE fellow and a foreign member of Academia Europea. From 2009 to 2015 he served as the Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Information and Systems Security (TISSEC) – the premier archival journal for security and privacy research.

 

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