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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”

Iowa State hosts world’s largest cyber defense competition

Iowa State Electrical and Computer Engineering hosted its annual student cyber defense competition on Saturday. With more than 150 student participants, the event ranked as the largest cyber defense competition in the world. Iowa State students were split into teams and were given two weeks to build their own systems on virtual machines that could …Continue reading “Iowa State hosts world’s largest cyber defense competition”

ISU professor takes on threat of espionage via hacked smartphones

By Hannah Furfaro Staff Writer Ames Tribune In his office on the Iowa State University campus Thursday, professor Suraj “Suresh” Kothari didn’t hesitate to talk about the realities of cyber warfare. It’s not exactly dinner-table conversation, but cyber insecurity is bearing down on everyone from company CEOs to generals at U.S. military bases overseas. Recent …Continue reading “ISU professor takes on threat of espionage via hacked smartphones”

Jacobson awarded for contributions to information security education

Douglas Jacobson, University professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Iowa State Information Assurance Center, was recently recognized with a 2011 Security 7 Award from the Information Security magazine for his work with information security education. Each year, the magazine honors seven professionals who have done work in the realm of information …Continue reading “Jacobson awarded for contributions to information security education”

Computer engineering senior discusses Internet restrictions

In an Iowa State Daily editorial, computer engineering senior Rick Hanton talks about legislation presented to congress – the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) – that would allow governmental agencies to shut down sites that infringe on copyright laws, such as those with illegal copies of music available for download. After …Continue reading “Computer engineering senior discusses Internet restrictions”

Jacobson adds information security insight to Viewpoints interview

During a recent Viewpoints segment about Google, Doug Jacobson, Professor of Electrical  and Computer Engineering and Director of the Information Assurance Center, discussed how Google can seemingly know where you are located during searches by evaluating the address your computer uses when it connects to the Internet. He also discussed how companies can’t tie your …Continue reading “Jacobson adds information security insight to Viewpoints interview”

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