UAB Center for Cyber Security

  • CIS@UAB’s Work Cited by Congressman Palmer

    Gary Warner’s and his students' work has been cited by Congressman Palmer in his recent Facebook Post.
    Gary Warner’s and his students' work has been cited by Congressman Palmer in his recent Facebook Post.

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  • UAB startup Malcovery Security acquired by PhishMe

    PhishMe is one of America’s fastest-growing private companies; Malcovery staff will remain at Birmingham’s Innovation Depot.

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  • UAB research studies cyberattacks through the lens of EEG and eye tracking

    Computer & Information Sciences researchers tested users’ abilities to detect malware and phishing attacks while measuring the neurophysiological behavior underlying these tasks.

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  • UAB research finds automated voice imitation can fool humans and machines

    UAB researchers have found automated and human verification for voice-based user authentication vulnerable, and explore how an attacker in possession of voice audio samples could compromise a victim’s security, safety and privacy.

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  • UAB rolls out new technology to help users combat mobile malware attacks

    Researcher’s approach allows the phone’s weakest security component — the user — to become its strongest defender.

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  • The Center Featured at Cybersecurity Conference

    To address the myriad factors companies face in the battle against cyber attacks, UAB’s UAB Center for Cyber Security, will be a partner in the upcoming Connected World Conference, presented by Connected World magazine.
    Reports of breaches of major U.S. companies appear in the news on a regular basis—evidence that cybersecurity is one of the most pressing issues we face as a society.

    To address the myriad factors companies face in the battle against cyber attacks, UAB’s UAB Center for Cyber Security, will be a partner in the upcoming Connected World Conference, presented by Connected World magazine. The conference will convene industry, government, and academic leaders in order to explore the ways our connected society impacts cybersecurity with the goal to identify a solution and strategy for protecting connected assets.

    The event will be held Feb. 23-24, 2015 at the Birmingham Marriott on Grandview Parkway. Sponsors for 2015 will include Altair Semiconductor, Berkeley Varitronics Systems, and Synapse Wireless.

    “Cyber attacks and breaches are a constant threat to the security of an organization, the government, and individuals. And now, these threats are pivoting from data theft to the even more damaging destruction of infrastructure,” says Peggy Smedley, editorial director of Connected World magazine. “Can we anticipate what is to come? What is the best strategy to put forth? Which steps do we take to implement protection? These are the questions being asked and to be answered.”

    Dr. John Sloan, Director of the Center, points out that one of the ways to better confront these kinds of threats is educating and preparing students for careers in cybersecurity and digital forensics. “One of the challenges that must be addressed is developing a competent cybersecurity workforce,” Sloan explains. “Business, industry, government, and academe must partner to ensure that students have the best possible training.  For that to happen, resources—scholarships, cooperative programs, and internships—must be allocated by all of the stakeholders. The Connected World conference is an exciting opportunity to bring these key stakeholders together in Birmingham, whose technology sector is growing by leaps and bounds.”

    For more information, visit connectedworld.com/conference.

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  • UAB will showcase new way to secure mobile devices at DHS conference

    Computer and Information Sciences researchers introduce a secure framework for protecting users while employing apps accessing location information.

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  • Wiretapping via Mimicry: UAB Research Highlights a Fundamental Vulnerability of a Secure Communication Technology

    UAB researchers identify fundamental problems with a popular technology for securing communications over the Internet and reveal automated mimicry attacks that enable wiretapping.

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  • Wiretapping via Mimicry

    University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers are explaining why there are concerns with the end-to-end security of an increasingly popular means of communication, and what users can do to defend against potential threats.
    University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers are explaining why there are concerns with the end-to-end security of an increasingly popular means of communication, and what users can do to defend against potential threats.

    Through a project funded by Cisco Systems, researchers in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences examined the vulnerabilities in security of video- and voice-over-Internet protocol, or VoIP, communications. The team developed attacks that uncovered these vulnerabilities in a currently used security scheme, and once those weaknesses were identified, the team suggested alternatives that may protect against potential attacks.

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  • UAB to serve on council to support a new federally funded cybersecurity center

    UAB’s CIA|JFR joins top universities to help combat cybercrime.

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  • Saxena awarded nearly $75,000 to study CAPTCHA mechanisms

    Comcast grant will allow faculty member to further online security and usability research.

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  • New Directors Announced for UAB Cyber Center

    John Sloan, Ph.D., has been named the new director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s UAB Center for Cyber Security. Puri Bangalore, Ph.D., will assume Sloan’s former position of assistant director of the UAB Center for Cyber Security.
    John Sloan, Ph.D., has been named the new director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s UAB Center for Cyber Security. Puri Bangalore, Ph.D., will assume Sloan’s former position of assistant director of UAB Center for Cyber Security.

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  • Dr. Solorio Wins GHC Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE Award

    UAB Computer and Information Sciences assistant professor Thamar Solorio has been named the winner of the Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE Award. The award recognizes a junior faculty member for high-quality research and significant positive impact on diversity.
    From the Anita Borg Institute:

    PALO ALTO, CA, August 5, 2014 — The Anita Borg Institute (ABI), a non-profit organization focused on advancing women in computing, today announced the winners of the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration ABIE Awards. Each year, the Grace Hoper Celebration ABIE Awards give the technology community the opportunity to honor female leaders in the categories of technical leadership, social impact, international change agent, innovative teaching practices, and faculty member emerging leadership.

    The Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE Award recognizes a junior faculty member for high-quality research and significant positive impact on diversity. Thamar Solorio is Assistant Professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Solorio’s research focuses on authorship analysis, child language assessment from narratives, mixed-language processing in social media, and information extraction from clinical records and patient generated data.

    ABI will celebrate the ABIE Award winners at the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, to be held at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona on October 8-10.

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  • UAB information security expert gives tips for protecting your identity

    Alabama consumers can better respond to cases of identity theft when equipped with knowledge of reporting process.

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  • Top National Security Agencies Recognize UAB’s Cybercrime Research

    For the second year in a row, the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated the University of Alabama at Birmingham as a UAB Center for Cyber Security.
    For the second year in a row, the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated the University of Alabama at Birmingham as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Research.

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  • Passwords? Soon you may log in securely without them

    An innovative solution for safeguarding personal information relies on your proximity instead of your memory.

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  • Research Improves Ease and Security of Password Protections

    In a paper presented at the 2014 Network and Distributed Systems Security Symposium, researchers offered innovative options to improve the security of two-factor authentication systems while also ensuring the systems’ usability.
    In a paper presented at the 2014 Network and Distributed Systems Security Symposium, researchers offered innovative options to improve the security of two-factor authentication systems while also ensuring the systems’ usability.

    “There have been many attacks on servers that store passwords lately, such as the breaches at PayPal and LinkedIn,” said Nitesh Saxena, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and a core member of the UAB Center for Cyber Security.

    UAB News: UAB research improves ease and security of password protections

    Research Publication: "Two-Factor Authentication Resilient to Server Compromise Using Mix-Bandwidth Devices Maliheh Shirvanian, Stanislaw Jarecki, Nitesh Saxena and Naveen Nathan." The Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS) , February 2014




    UAB doctoral student Maliheh Shirvanian, co-author of a paper presented at the 2014 Network and Distributed Systems Security Symposium, explains two-factor authentication schemes.

    Additional media outlets which, also carried this story:

    Industrial Safety and Security Source, March 5, 2014
    Strengthening Two-Factor Authentication
    Science Daily, February 28, 2014
    Ease and security of password protections improved
    The Indian Express, March 3, 2014
    New methods for password protection proposed
    The Hindustan Times, March 3, 2014
    New methods for password protection proposed
    NDTV, March 3, 2014
    Scientists propose new two-factor methods for password protection
    The Economic Times, March 3, 2014
    New methods for password protection proposed
    The Times of India, March 3, 2014
    Password protection: Scientists propose new methods

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  • Startup Co-Founded by Warner named on Inc's Best Industry Startups list

    Malcovery Security, a startup co-founded by UAB researcher and Center member Gary Warner, has been named on Inc.'s 2014 Best Industry Startup list.
    Malcovery Security, a startup co-founded by UAB researcher and Center member Gary Warner, has been named on Inc.'s 2014 Best Industry Startup list.

    Inc.com:”Watching Digital Detectives Rout Out Cyber Fraudsters”

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  • Facebook Cybersecurity Capture the Flag

    A Facebook-sponsored game of cybersecurity “Capture the Flag” was held March 22nd from 9am -3pm at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  UAB joined Stanford University as the first U.S. universities to host the Facebook event designed to test the skills of up-and-coming cybersecurity programmers as they try to penetrate peers’ online security while defending their own.
    A Facebook-sponsored game of cybersecurity “Capture the Flag” was held March 22nd from 9am -3pm at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  UAB joined Stanford University as the first U.S. universities to host the Facebook event designed to test the skills of up-and-coming cybersecurity programmers as they try to penetrate peers’ online security while defending their own.

    Working in teams of four, participants competed in a simulated security exercise, much like the game of Risk, in which they attempt to acquire countries throughout the world by breaching a series of increasingly difficult security barriers.  Each challenge was designed to simulate a type of threat which companies across the world may encounter as part of a cyber attack. Participants were first required to overcome existing security measures, then once they acquired a target, had to defend it against intrusion by fellow competitors.

    A total of Eight teams from UAB (3), Auburn University, University of South Alabama, University of Alabama Huntsville, Tuskegee University, and Hoover High School participated.  Competing team names included: “Pirates of the Arrrrg Seas”, “Terrorform”, “//TODO”, and “Will Work for Bitcoins.”  At the conclusion of the competition, the top three teams were:  UAB ACM in first place with 1710 points; Pirates of the Arrrrg Seas (Auburn University) in 2nd place  with  1520 points; and Terrorform (UAB) in 3rd place with 1370 points.  But all 8 teams scored points during the event and are to be congratulated for their efforts.

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  • UAB to host Facebook-sponsored cybersecurity competition

    UAB and Stanford are the first U.S. universities chosen for Facebook-sponsored contest in which computer-security enthusiasts attack and defend from peers online.

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