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CyberSafety During COVID-19 & Working From Home

University Professor Doug Jacobson offers insight and tips on what to be looking for, and how to avoid potentially costly and potentially dangerous mishaps online.

ECpE’s spark: In memory of Ginny Anderson, forever helping students succeed

Virginia (Ginny) Anderson was a spark of light always burning, a go-to person for anything in the Iowa State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) — forever known as the glue that held everything together. Ginny passed away on Aug. 6, 2019, from bone cancer, leaving behind a legacy that will never be …Continue reading “ECpE’s spark: In memory of Ginny Anderson, forever helping students succeed”

Iowa State leads move to establish an alliance that builds statewide cybersecurity, literacy

Iowa State University cybersecurity experts are leading a statewide effort to establish the Iowa Cyber Alliance. The alliance is all about bringing partners together to provide cybersecurity education, outreach and training across the state.

University recognized as one of the “Highly Regarded CyberSecurity Programs”

Iowa State University was recently recognized as one of the “Highly Regarded CyberSecurity Programs” on Online Engineering Programs’ blog. The list is comprised of five outstanding professors and universities in online cybersecurity programs. Iowa State was commended for its online master of science degree in information assurance, focusing largely on cybersecurity. This degree is offered …Continue reading “University recognized as one of the “Highly Regarded CyberSecurity Programs””

Jacobson featured on Iowa Public Radio

Doug Jacobson, University Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was interviewed by Iowa Public Radio’s Ben Kieffer on the December 9 edition of River to River. Jacobson and ISU associate professor of information systems Brian Mennecke, give their takes on the latest news regarding privacy, data collection, and cyber-security at the link below. The Illusion of Privacy in …Continue reading “Jacobson featured on Iowa Public Radio”

Iowa State student cyber analysts win national competition

AMES, Iowa – A security breach is detected at a small business. Teams of cyber analysts are briefed about the situation and given five hours to answer three questions: Are the cyber-attacks connected? Whose account was used to access the server? And did anyone open the malicious email?

Neil Gong: Securing data in electronic systems

Electrical and computer engineering assistant professor explores how information security and privacy intersect with data science As emerging systems such as social media and mobile computing continue to improve access to information like a map to your next destination or ways to keep up with your family’s activities, these tools offer a growing range of benefits and …Continue reading “Neil Gong: Securing data in electronic systems”

Iowa State awarded NSF Global City Teams Challenge project

Part of $40 million White House Smart Cities Initiative A team of researchers from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University was awarded one of 12 Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) research projects by the National Science Foundation this week. The GCTC, a joint initiative of the National Institute of Standards …Continue reading “Iowa State awarded NSF Global City Teams Challenge project”

Managing big data with efficient algorithms and software

Electrical and computer engineering professor devises technology that helps transform data into usable information. Over the past 10 to 15 years, there has been a big change in the ecosystem of software and hardware for data processing. Srikanta Tirthapura, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, says this change is being driven by favorable economic …Continue reading “Managing big data with efficient algorithms and software”

Iowa State researchers to demonstrate cyber-physical security testbed for power grid at SmartAmerica Challenge expo

A team led by Manimaran Govindarasu of electrical and computer engineering has developed a realistic platform for power grid security research As cyber threats to the infrastructure of the nation’s electricity transmission grow in numbers and sophistication, so does the technology used to identify vulnerabilities and mitigate these attacks. PowerCyber, a cyber-physical security testbed developed …Continue reading “Iowa State researchers to demonstrate cyber-physical security testbed for power grid at SmartAmerica Challenge expo”

Iowa State engineers build software tools to assure security of smartphones

Suraj Kothari’s talk of smartphone security quickly took a turn toward sabotage and worst-case scenarios. What happens, he asked, if a soldier’s smartphone is hacked for its GPS data? What happens if an attacker drains the battery in a general’s phone and essential communication is cut off? Or, what happens if a hacked phone provides …Continue reading “Iowa State engineers build software tools to assure security of smartphones”

Creating Accountable Anonymity Online

Systems that allow users complete anonymity are being abused. ECpE’s Yong Guan wants to add some accountability. The World Wide Web is, in many ways, still the Wild West. Though a large portion of internet traffic is monitored and traceable, systems like the Tor Project allow users to post and share anything anonymously. Anonymous systems …Continue reading “Creating Accountable Anonymity Online”

Manimaran Govindarasu receives ISU Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Research

Manimaran Govindarasu, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the ISU Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Research for his work in the area of cyber security. Govindarasu has been a professor at Iowa State since 1999, and is widely regarded as a pioneer and leader in the emerging interdisciplinary research area of …Continue reading “Manimaran Govindarasu receives ISU Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Research”

ECpE, EPRC sponsor two-day cyber security short course

The Iowa State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in conjunction with the Electric Power Research Center, held a two-day short course that covered basic principles of cyber security. The course, called ‘On Cyber Security of the Electric Power Grid with Attacks-Defense Training,’ was offered July 15-16 in Coover Hall. The course covered specific …Continue reading “ECpE, EPRC sponsor two-day cyber security short course”

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