Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
talk: Bringing Social, Information, and Natural Sciences together to Understand Human Transformation of Earth
Department of Geography and Environmental Systems
Bringing Social, Information, and Natural Sciences together to Understand Human Transformation of Earth
Dr. Earle Ellis, UMBC
12:00-1:00pm Wednesday, 25 September 2019, ITE 229
The principal investigator of a UMBC-led “massively collaborative” project published in Science Magazine will describe how archaeologists, geographers, and information science came together to show that human societies began transforming earth thousands of years earlier than known by earth scientists; evidence for an earlier anthropocene.
talk: Analysis of the Secure Remote Password (SRP) Protocol Using CPSA
The UMBC Cyber Defense Lab presents
Analysis of the Secure Remote Password (SRP) Protocol Using CPSA
Erin Lanus, UMBC Cyber Defense Lab
12:00–1:00pm, Friday, 6 September 2019, ITE 227, UMBC
Joint work with Alan Sherman, Richard Chang, Enis Golaszewski, Ryan Wnuk-Fink, Cyrus Bonyadi, Mario Costa, Moses Liskov, and Edward Zieglar
Secure Remote Password (SRP) is a widely deployed password authenticated key exchange (PAKE) protocol used in products such as 1Password and iCloud Keychain. As with other PAKE protocols, the two participants in SRP use knowledge of a pre-shared password to authenticate each other and establish a session key. I will explain the SRP protocol and security goals it seeks to achieve. I will demonstrate how to model the protocol using the Cryptographic Protocol Shapes Analyzer (CPSA) tool and present my analysis of the shapes produced by CPSA.
Erin Lanus earned her Ph.D. in computer science in May 2019 from Arizona State University. Dr. Lanus is currently conducting research with Professor Sherman’s Protocol Analysis Lab at UMBC. Her previous results include how to use state to enable CPSA to reason about time in forced-latency protocols. Her research also explored algorithmic approaches to constructing combinatorial arrays employed in interaction testing and the creation of a new type of array for attribute distribution to achieve anonymous authorization in attribute-based systems. In October she will begin as a research assistant professor at Virginia Tech’s Hume Center in Northern Virginia. email:
Support for this research was provided in part by grants to CISA from the Department of Defense, CySP grants H98230-17-1-0387 and H98230-18-0321.
talk: Correlation analysis with small sample sizes, 2pm Tue 6/18, UMBC
Correlation analysis with small sample sizes
Peter Schreier, Univ. of Paderborn, Germany
2:00-3:00 Tuesday, 18 June 2019, ITE 325B, UMBC
Most common techniques for correlation analysis (e.g., canonical correlation analysis) require sufficiently large sample support, but in many applications only a limited number of samples are available. Correlation analysis with small sample sizes poses some unique challenges. In this talk, I will focus on the problem of determining the correlated components between two or more data sets when the number of samples from these data sets is extremely small. Applications are plentiful, and among them I will discuss the identification of weather patterns in climate science and analyzing the effects of extensive physical exercise on the autonomic nervous system.
Peter Schreier was born in Munich, Germany, in 1975. He received a Master of Science from the University of Notre Dame, IN, USA, in 1999, and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, CO, USA, in 2003, both in electrical engineering. From 2004 until 2011, he was on the faculty of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Since 2011, he has been Chaired Professor of Signal and System Theory at Paderborn University, Germany. He has spent sabbatical semesters at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, and Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO.
From 2008 until 2012, he was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, from 2010 until 2014 a Senior Area Editor for the same Transactions, and from 2015 to 2018 an Associate Editor for the IEEE Signal Processing Letters. From 2009 until 2014, he was a member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Machine Learning for Signal Processing, and he currently serves on the IEEE Technical Committee on Signal Processing Theory and Methods. He is the Chair of the Steering Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Data Science Initiative, and he serves on the IEEE SPS Regional Committee for Region 8. He was the General Chair of the 2018 IEEE Statistical Signal Processing Workshop in Freiburg, Germany.
talk: Tensor Decomposition of ND data arrays, 2pm 6/13 ITE325
Tensor Decomposition of ND data arrays
Prof. David Brie, University of Lorraine
2:00pm Thursday, 13 June 2019, ITE 325B, UMBC
The goal of this talk is to give an introduction to tensor decompositions for the analysis of multidimensional data. First, we recall some basic notions and operations on tensors. Then two tensor decompositions are presented: the Tucker decomposition (TD) and the Candecomp/Parafac decomposition (CPD). A particular focus is placed on the identifiability conditions of the CPD. Finally, various applications in biology are presented.
David Brie received the Ph.D. degree in 1992 and the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches degree in 2000, both from Université de Lorraine, France. He is currently full professor at the Department of Telecommunications and Networking of the Institut Universitaire de Technologie, Université de Lorraine, France. He is editor-in-chief of the French journal “Traitement du Signal” since 2013 and will be co-general chair of the next IEEE CAMSAP 2019. His current research interests include vector-sensor-array processing, spectroscopy and hyperspectral image processing, non-negative matrix factorization, multidimensional signal processing, and tensor decompositions.
talk: Security for Smart Cyber-Physical Systems, 12-1 5/3, ITE 227
UMBC Cyber Defense Lab
Security for Smart Cyber-Physical Systems
Prof. Anupam Joshi, UMBC
12:00–1:00pm, Friday, 3 May 2019, ITE 227
Smart Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are increasingly embedded in our everyday life. Security incidents involving them are often high-profile because of their ability to control critical infrastructure. Stuxnet and the Ukrainian power-grid attack are some notorious attacks reported against CPS which impacted governmental programs to ordinary users. In addition to the deliberate attacks, device malfunction and human error can also result in incidents with grave consequences. Hence the detection and mitigation of abnormal behaviors resulting from security incidents is imperative for the trustworthiness and broader acceptance of smart cyber-physical systems. We propose an automatic behavioral abstraction technique, ABATe, which automatically learns their typical behavior by finding the latent “context” space using available operational data and is used to discern anomalies. We evaluate our technique using two real-world datasets (a sewage water treatment plant dataset and an automotive dataset) to demonstrate the multi-domain adaptability and efficacy of our approach.
Anupam Joshi is the Oros Family Professor and Chair of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County(UMBC). He is the Director of UMBC’s Center for Cybersecurity, and one of the USM leads for the National Cybersecurity FFRDC. He is a Fellow of IEEE. Dr. Joshi obtained a B.Tech degree from IIT Delhi in 1989, and a Masters and Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1991 and 1993 respectively. His research interests are in the broad area of networked computing and intelligent systems. His primary focus has been on data management and security/privacy in mobile/pervasive computing environments, and policy driven approaches to security and privacy. He is also interested in Semantic Web and Data/Text/Web Analytics, especially their applications to (cyber) security. He has published over 250 technical papers with an h-index of 79 and over 23,250 citations (per Google scholar), filed and been granted several patents, and has obtained research support from National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), US Dept of Defense (DoD), NIST, IBM, Microsoft, Qualcom, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed Martin amongst others
Information Systems Spring 2019 Distinguished Lecture on Sustainable Smart Cities
A Data-driven Approach for Sustainable Smart Cities
Prof. Prashant Shenoy, University of Massachusetts
11:00am Monday, 6 May 2019, ITE 459, UMBC
Recent technological advances have enabled deployments of pervasive sensing and actuation in our physical world, which has led to the emergence of cyber-physical systems where computing and sensing interact with the physical world and humans in unique and exciting ways. Such systems are increasingly being deployed in smart city domains such as energy, transportation, health, grids, and agriculture.
In this talk, I will argue that the rich and vast amounts of data generated by smart city applications necessitate a data-driven approach where AI and systems techniques are employed in a symbiotic manner to tackle smart city challenges. I will present two smart city applications from the energy domain as examples of such a symbiotic approach. I will first present WattHome, a city-scale machine-learning-based approach that can determine the least efficient buildings within a large city or region. I will present the results of a city-scale evaluation performed in collaboration with a local utility, where WattHome successfully identified causes of energy inefficiency for thousands of buildings. Second, I will present SolarClique, a sensor-less data-driven approach that is designed to detect anomalies in power generation of large number of existing solar sites without requiring any additional sensor instrumentation. I will conclude my talk by describing a number of open challenges in designing data-driven approaches for smart cities.
Prashant Shenoy is currently a Professor and Associate Dean in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received the B.Tech degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and the M.S and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science from the University of Texas, Austin. His research interests lie in distributed systems and networking, with a recent emphasis on cloud and green computing. He has been the recipient of several best paper awards at leading conferences, including a Sigmetrics Test of Time Award. He serves on editorial boards of the several journals and has served as the program chair of over a dozen ACM and IEEE conferences. He is a fellow of the IEEE and the AAAS and a distinguished member of the ACM.
talk: The Evolution of Mobile Authentication, 1pm 4/30, ITE325, UMBC
The Evolution of Mobile Authentication
Prof. Keith Mayes, Royal Holloway University of London
1:00pm Tuesday 30 April 2019, ITE325, UMBC
Mobile communication is an essential part or modern life, however it is dependent on some fundamental security technologies. Critical amongst these technologies, is mobile authentication, the ability to identify valid users (and networks) and enable their secure usage of communication services. In the GSM standards and the 3GPP standards that evolved from them, the subscriber-side security has been founded on a removable, attack-resistant smart card known as a SIM (or USIM) card. The presentation explains how this situation came about, and how and why the protocols and algorithms have improved over time. It will cover some work by the author on a recent algorithm for 3GPP and then discuss how Machine-to-Machine and IoT considerations have led to new standards, which may herald the demise of the conventional removable SIM, in favour of an embedded eSIM.
Professor Keith Mayes B.Sc. Ph.D. CEng FIET A.Inst.ISP, is a professor of information security within the Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway University of London. Prior to his sabbatical, he was the Director of the ISG and Head of the School of Mathematics and Information Security. He is an active researcher/author with 100+ publications in numerous conferences, books and journals. His current research interests are diverse, including, mobile communications, smart cards/RFIDS, the Internet of Things, and embedded systems. Keith joined the ISG in 2002, originally as the Founder Director of the ISG Smart Card Centre, following a career in industry working for Pye TVT, Honeywell Aerospace and Defence, Racal Research and Vodafone. Keith is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Founder Associate Member of the Institute of Information Security Professionals, a Member of the Licensing Executives Society and an experienced company director and consultant. He is active in the UK All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Cyber Security and is an adjunct professor at UMBC.
talk: Using CPSA to Analyze Force-Latency Protocols, 12-1 4/19
Several cryptographic protocols have been proposed to address the Man-in-the-Middle attack without the prior exchange of keys. This talk will describe a formal analysis of one such protocol proposed by Zooko Wilcox-O’Hearn, the forced-latency defense against the chess grandmaster attack. Using the Cryptographic Protocol Shapes Analyzer (CPSA), we validate the security properties of the protocol through the novel use of CPSA’s state features to represent time. We also describe a small message space attack that highlights how assumptions made in protocol design can affect the security of a protocol in use, even for a protocol with proven security properties.
Edward Zieglar is a security researcher in the Research Directorate of the National Security Agency, where he concentrates on formal analysis and verification of cryptographic protocols and network security. He is also an adjunct professor at UMBC where he teaches courses in networking and network security. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science from UMBC.
Host: Alan T. Sherman,
talk: IPv6 and its Security Issues, 5:30 Mon. 4/22
IPv6 and its Security Issues
Neal Ziring, National Security Agency
5:30-6:45 Monday 22 April 2019, Math/Psych 101
CMSC 626 Guest Lecture — all are welcome to attend
In this talk, we will introduce the basics of IPv6 and some of the security issues associated with it. Specifically, we discuss the motivations, history and adoption of IPv6, and current status in the global Internet. We then detail the structure of an IPv6 address and the types of addresses used, and the conceptual model for address assignment in IPv6. The modes of deployment of IPv6, and understanding of how dual-stack mode works, is then provided. We then discuss the basic model for IPv6 control protocols, ICMPv6, and how they support low-level network operations. We then identify IPv6’s place in the network stack, and explain how that does, and does not, affect security. Several basic threats to IPv6 devices and networks will be identified as well as how common network security posture/hygiene can be affected by dual stack operation. Lastly, we identify some key concepts in secure use of IPv6, and discuss the concept of NAT and its use in IPv4 and why IPv6 does not use it.
Mr. Neal Ziring is the Technical Director for the National Security Agency’s Capabilities Directorate, serving as a technical advisor to the Capabilities Director, Deputy Director, and other senior leadership. Mr. Ziring is responsible for setting the technical direction across many parts of the capabilities mission space, including in cyber-security. Mr. Ziring tracks technical activities, promotes technical health of the staff, and acts as liaison to various industry, intelligence, academic, and government partners. Prior to the formation of the Capabilities Directorate, Mr. Ziring served five years as Technical Director of the Information Assurance Directorate. His personal expertise areas include security automation, IPv6, cloud computing, cross-domain information exchange, and data access control, and cyber defense. Prior to coming to NSA in 1988, Neal worked at AT&T Bell Labs. He has BS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, and an MS degree in Computer Science, all from Washington University in St. Louis.
talk: Why are memory-corruption bugs still a thing?, 10:30am Mon 4/8, ITE325
Why are memory-corruption bugs still a thing?
The challenges of securing software at an assembly level
Doug Britton CTO, RunSafe Security Inc.
10:30-11:30 Monday, 8 April 2019, ITE346
Methods to chip away at the danger of memory-corruption bugs have been available for some time. Why has the going-price of memory-corruption-based exploits not spiked? If the methods were have a broad-based result in mitigating exploit vectors, there would be a reduction in supply, causing an increase in prices. Also, there would be a reduction in the pool of people qualified to develop zero-days, allowing them to push the prices up. The data suggest that prices have remained generally stable and attackers are able to move with impunity. What are the challenges to large-scale adoption of memory-corruption based mitigation methods.
Doug Britton serves as Chief Technology Officer and Director of RunSafe Security, Inc. Mr. Britton Co-founded Kaprica Security, Inc., in 2011 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Prior to his leadership role in Kaprica, Mr. Britton was a cyber-security focused research and development manager at Lockheed Martin. He has an MBA and MS from University of Maryland and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois.