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The SAFE Lab is working with the Eaton Corporation to examine industrial control and Internet of Thing devices.

Principal investigator Robert Olson will be hiring, managing and supervising a team of RIT students to perform a cybersecurity assessment for the Eaton Corporation.

Hossein Hojjat is awarded a new NSF grant titled “SaTC: CORE: Small: Collaborative: A New Approach to Federated Network Security”.
New Project

The project is to develop a comprehensive plan for solving challenges in federated network security using an approach based on Proof-Carrying Code (PCC).

NSA awards Leon Reznik $118K for the creation of course on Intelligent Security Systems.
New Project

Center member Leonid Reznik (PI, Computer Science) has received a new grant from the DOD National Securty Agency. The program designs a curriculum, develops all course materials, tests and evaluates them in real college classroom settings, compiles and disseminates the practical recommendations for delivery of a college level course on Intelligent Security Systems. The award brings $118,000 to RIT.

RIT Team wins ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper award

Center for Cybersecurity PhD students Joanna C. S. Santos and Anthony Peruma together with advisor Mehdi Mirakhorli led a team who won the 2017 ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper award at the International Conference on Software Architecture (ICSA).

Jay Yang leads a new $350k IARPA effort to forecast cyber attacks
New Project

Center members Jay Yang (PI, Computer Engineering) and Katie McConky (Co-PI, Industrial & Systems Engineering) have received a new grant from IARPA in conjunction with defense contractor Leidos, Inc. The project seeks to develop CAUSE, a system that leverages data that is not currently used for cybersecurity to predict cyber attacks. Phase 1 of the award brings $350,000 to RIT.

Matt Wright is co-PI on a new $500K NSF grant on improving Tor security
New Project

Center Director Matt Wright (Computing Security) has a new $500,000 grant from the NSF’s Secure and Trustworthy Computing (SaTC) program to work with the Tor Project on improving its defenses against a type of traffic analysis called website fingerprinting. The award brings $150,000 to RIT.

A team including Center Director Matt Wright wins the Outstanding Paper Award at ESORICS 2016
Outstanding Paper

A paper authored by Marc Juarez, Mohsen Imani, Mike Perry, Claudia Diaz and Center Director Matthew Wright, titled "Toward an Efficient Website Fingerprinting Defense,” won the Outstanding Student Paper Award at ESORICS 2016.

Prof. Mirakhorli is part of a team that got a $100K CISE Infrastructure Planning Grant
New Project

To help plan for a large, collaborative research effort, a group of researchers including Center member Mehdi Mirakhorli (Software Engineering) have gotten a $90,000 grant from NSF’s CISE Infrastructure program. The goal of the project, titled "Planning and Prototyping a Community-Wide Software Architecture Instrument," is to provide metrics for software architecture.


Great Lakes Security Day 2017 will be held at RIT

The Center for Cybersecurity and the IEEE regional chapter are sponoring Great Lakes Security Day 2017, an event bringing together researchers in cybersecurity from around the region to discuss their latest works. There will be talks, posters, and a distinguished lecture from Patrick McDaniel of PSU.

The Center for Cybersecurity hosts Dr. Prateek Mittal from Princeton University

Dr. Mittal talks about RAPTOR Attacks and Counter-RAPTOR Defenses at the GCCIS Colloquium Series.

When: Friday, April 21, 2017

Where: Golisano College 70-1435

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM

For more information click here.

Illinois Professor Tao Xie to give Center talk
Center for Cybersecurity Seminar

Dr. Tao Xie, Associate Professor and Willett Faculty Scholar at U. Illinois (UIUC), will present a Center for Cybersecurity seminar on "User Expectations in Mobile App Security" on Friday, Mar. 24 at 11:45 AM in Golisano Auditorium, 70-1435. For more information, click here.

IEEE Speaker on Nov. 14: Robert Walls (WPI) on the Science of Security
IEEE Speaker

Robert Walls, Asst. Professor of Computer Science at Worchester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will be the IEEE speaker on Nov. 18th at 12. His talk will cover the Science of Security in the context of computer forensics.

NSA event brings cybersecurity leaders to RIT, Nov. 7
NSA Workshop

Center member Jay Yang is running a workshop on Nov. 7 based on his NSA project on Modeling attackers. The workshop brings together top cybersecurity minds to discuss the project findings and new directions in cybersecurity. Members of the Center will also display their latest research results in a poster session.

2nd Collegiate Pentesting Competition (CPTC) successfully held at RIT on Nov. 4-6, RIT placed 3rd

On Nov. 4-6, 2016, RIT hosted the second Collegiate Pentesting Competition (CPTC), bringing on campus 10 teams from Florida, Texas, California, and more to test their red team skills on vulnerable systems. RIT also hosted the first CPTC in 2015. Center members Bill Stackpole and Daryl Johnson ran the event with lots of help from the Dept. of Computing Security. CPTC was sponsored in part by NSA, Google, and Amazon. Planning is underway for the first CPTC Regional events and the third national event in 2017.