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Mar
10

Ajaya Neupane Wins Competitive NIJ Fellowship

http://www.uab.edu/news/student-experience/item/8106-cybersecurity-research-earns-uab-student-national-institute-of-justice-fellowship

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Mar
09

Launching the UAB CyberCorps SFS Web Site

http://cybercorps.cis.uab.edu/

Actively soliciting applications.

The eligible candidates can apply directly to the MS CFSM program, but should note that they are interested in the UAB SFS program in their statement of career goals and objectives. The deadline to apply for Fall 2017 is June 1, 2017. However, the sooner you apply the better.

Mar
01

Paper accepted to ICDCS 2017

SPHINX: A Password Store that Perfectly Hides Passwords from Itself.
Maliheh Shirvanian, Stanislaw Jarecki, Hugo Krawczyk  and Nitesh Saxena
In IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS) , June 2017.

Jan
24

A $2.15 Million NSF SFS Grant Led by Dr. Saxena

sfs-certDr. Saxena, as the lead investigator, has been awarded a $2.15 million grant from the NSF Scholarship for Service (SFS) program. The grant will support, via highly paid scholarships (about $50K, a year per student, in tuition, stipends and perks), several Masters students pursuing cyber security degrees, especially the MS CFSM program (which Dr. Saxena has been co-directing for many years now) over the next 5 years. Co-investigators include: Drs. Bangalore, Zheng and Walker.

NSF SFS is a highly competitive program, and with this grant UAB joins an elite group of universities doing cutting-edge work to prepare a US cyber workforce ready to fight out and (hopefully) win cyber wars with malicious attackers out there in the wild!

Congratulations!

UAB News Release

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Jan
14

Paper accepted to FC 2017

PEEP: Passively Eavesdropping Private Input via Brainwave Signals
Ajaya Neupane, Md. Lutfor Rahman and Nitesh Saxena
In Financial Cryptography and Data Security (FC), April 2017.

Dec
19

Paper accepted to WWW 2017

Highly reputed conference. Bone chilling competition — only 17% acceptance rate (164 accepted out of 966 submissions). Congratulations to the SPIES Neuro Security team.

Neural Underpinnings of Website Legitimacy and Familiarity Detection: An fNIRS Study.
Ajaya Neupane, Nitesh Saxena and Leanne Hirshfield
In Security and Privacy Track, the World-Wide Web Conference (WWW), 2017.

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Dec
15

Dr. Saxena to Receive the Dean’s Excellence in Mentorship Award

Dr. Saxena will be receiving the Dean’s Excellence in Mentorship Award at the April 2017 ceremony.

A mentor is not just an educator. A mentor is a person who inspires and motivates. A mentor is committed to excellence. The Dean’s Excellence in Mentorship Award recognizes full-time regular UAB faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments as mentors of graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows.

Congratulations!

Sep
27

Journal paper accepted to IEEE TIFS

SMASheD: Sniffing and Manipulating Android Sensor Data for Offensive Purposes.
Manar Mohamed, Babins Shrestha and Nitesh Saxena
In IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS), 2016.

Top journal. Extension of our CODASPY’16 paper. Also see: https://androidsmashed.wordpress.com/

 

 

Sep
17

Two PhD Graduates and Forever SPIES

Manar Mohamed and Babins Shrestha recently finished their PhD degrees doing some excellent work. Babins is joining VISA as a Senior Information Security Analyst, and Manar will be joining the instructional faculty of Computer Science at the Temple University. Both graduated rather quickly, in nearly 4 years.

Congratulations to the newly hooded doctors and best wishes for the great times ahead of you. You will be missed!

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Sep
04

Latest Media Coverage

Research finds novel defense against sophisticated smartphone keyloggers, by Tiffany Westry:

https://www.uab.edu/news/innovation/item/7575-research-finds-novel-defense-against-sophisticated-smartphone-keyloggers

In this work, we have developed a practical defense against smartphone touchstroke logging attacks, which may become a serious problem in the near future (just like keyloggers in the realm of traditional computers). The paper was presented at a premier venue on mobile and wireless security, WiSec, later this summer.

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