Iowa State engineers protect the power grid

Iowa State engineers Doug Jacobson and Manimaran Govindarasu have built the “PowerCyber” testbed to help researchers, industry engineers and students learn to protect the cyber security of the power grid. The testbed will do vulnerability analysis, risk assessment, attack-defense evaluations and other tests. The end goal is to help create a future electric power grid that is secure and resilient.

Iowa State cyber security experts make virtual lab available for classrooms, competitions

“The red team is watching,” warns the web brochure about the Cyber Defense Competitions at Iowa State University. The red team is typically made up of industry professionals and graduate students. Their goal for an eight-hour cyber competition is to hack into the computer networks set up by as many as 200 students divided into … Continue reading Iowa State cyber security experts make virtual lab available for classrooms, competitions

Jacobson named a Distinguished Member of the ACM

by Michael Still Doug Jacobson, University Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently was named a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He was honored, along with three other recipients in the educator category, for his accomplishments and career achievements. “To be named a distinguished educator by a group … Continue reading Jacobson named a Distinguished Member of the ACM

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

Cyber test lab at Iowa State University will simulate threats on national grid

Academics and researchers at Iowa State University have developed a cyber test bed that can simulate all sorts of Internet-based attacks on computer networks, and will soon begin using this test bed to simulate attacks on portions of the national electricity grid. With the help of $500,000 in seed money from the U.S. Department of … Continue reading Cyber test lab at Iowa State University will simulate threats on national grid

Students participating in the commity college cyber defense competition

Cyber competitions increase student interest in information assurance

Ninety students from community colleges across the state gathered on Iowa State’s campus in early December to compete in the Information Assurance Center’s Cyber Defense Competition. The competition, which has been held annually for community college teams since 2007, is designed to provide students with a simulation of real-life network security threats. Teams participating in … Continue reading Cyber competitions increase student interest in information assurance

Idziorek uses IBM PhD Fellowship to research cloud computing security

Joseph Idziorek has found his place in cloud computing, and IBM has noticed. A doctoral student in electrical and computer engineering (ECpE) at Iowa State University, Idziorek was recently awarded an IBM PhD Fellowship. The award comes with a $20,000 stipend and $10,000 education allowance, and marks the fourth time in the past six years … Continue reading Idziorek uses IBM PhD Fellowship to research cloud computing security

ISEAGE in line to receive additional funding

University Professor Doug Jacobson’s Internet-Scale Event and Attack Generation Environment (ISEAGE) lab could receive additional funding as part of a $5.2 million federal aid bill recently passed by the Appropriations Subcommittee. Read the full article here: www.iowapolitics.com/index.iml?Article=162686

Information security takes center stage

Doug Jacobson, University Professor, stages a cyberdefense competition in the Internet-Scale Event and Attack Generation Environment, a virtual Internet developed to study and teach computer security. Watch the video from ISU CoE