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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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Latest Media Coverage

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

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.


Two papers accepted to ACSAC 2016

The SPIES team has two papers accepted to ACSAC. Great conference, and an acceptance rate of  only 22.8% (48/210).

  1. Gametrics: Towards Attack-Resilient Behavioral Authentication with Simple Cognitive Games
    Manar Mohamed and Nitesh Saxena
    In Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), December 2016.
  2. Theft-Resilient Mobile Payments: Transparently Authenticating NFC Users with Tapping Gesture Biometrics
    Babins Shrestha, Manar Mohamed, Sandeep Tamrakar and Nitesh Saxena
    In Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), December 2016



Paper accepted to CCS 2016

The Sounds of the Phones: Dangers of Zero-Effort Second Factor Login based on Ambient Audio. Babins Shrestha, Maliheh Shirvanian, Prakash Shrestha and Nitesh Saxena. ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), October 2016.

Fierce competition: only 16% papers accepted (137 out of 831).




Two papers accepted to WiSec 2016

SPIES lab has two papers accepted to WiSec, 2016, a premium venue for mobile and wireless security research.


Open Instructor Position

UAB CIS is currently hiring an instructional faculty member (open to all ranks and many core CS areas).


Journal paper accepted to IEEE TIFS

Neural Markers of Cybersecurity: An fMRI Study of Phishing, and Malware Warnings
Ajaya Neupane, Nitesh Saxena, Jose O Maximo, and Rajesh K Kana
IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS), to appear, 2016.


Manar Mohamed awarded outstanding graduating PhD student

Manar Mohamed has been recognized by the College of Arts and Sciences as the outstanding graduating PhD student in CIS. She will be receiving this award at the Honors Convocation in April end. Congratulations!


News coverage of our NDSS’16 paper

Is zero-effort computer security a dream? Breaking a new user verification system, UAB News, Feb 2014.

Based on work done in collaboration with researchers at Aalto University, Finland.


Paper accepted to ASIACCS 2016

Device-Enhanced Password Protocols with Optimal Online-Offline Protection.
Stanislaw Jarecki, Hugo Krawczyk, Maliheh Shirvanian and Nitesh Saxena
In ACM Symposium on Information, Computer and Communications Security (AsiaCCS), June 2016.

Acceptance rate for full papers = 20.9% (73/350)

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