Grant Year: 2021

June 8, 2021

Gamification of Cybersecurity Education

For many years, we have heard about the shortage of cybersecurity professionals. Despite there being many opportunities to study and work in the cybersecurity space, students are reluctant to pursue further studies or a career in cybersecurity. The perception of cybersecurity as a purely technical domain has put them off…

January 27, 2021

Privacy Controls for Always-Listening Devices

Intelligent voice assistants and the microphone-equipped Internet of Things devices that support them are very convenient but carry significant privacy risks. Newer and future devices extend these risks by listening all the time — beyond a few specific keywords. The goal of our research is to develop privacy controls for…

January 27, 2021

A Comprehensive Investigation of Developers’ Remediation Practices

Security vulnerabilities pose a grave danger to the integrity of any system because they can undermine almost any protection mechanism organizations put in place to defend themselves against potential attacks. As such, finding vulnerabilities before the software gets deployed or after putting software in production is a critical task in…

January 27, 2021

Are Password Managers Improving our Password Habits?

Password managers adoptions are becoming the norm these days, but are they also encouraging best practices for its users? Do they use complex and unique passwords or do they just store weak passwords? We discovered that many users ignore password reset notifications. We are motivated to find a path to…

January 27, 2021

Reverse Engineer and Counter Adversarial Attacks with Unsupervised Representation Learning

Computer vision has been integrated into many areas of our lives, including facial recognition, augmented reality, autonomous driving, and healthcare. However, making them more accurate and generalizing to real world data alone is no longer sufficient, we have to safe-guard their robustness against malicious attacks in cyberspace. Compared with the…