THaW leader Kevin Fu was recently named a fellow by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to embedded and medical device security. The honor comes as part of the 2018 class, and is “a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation”. To read more about Kevin’s award and accomplishments, click through below.
In a recent Viewpoint article in JAMA, THaW member Kevin Fu explored a recent pacemaker vulnerability, and its ramifications for medical device security in general. In the post, he discusses both the full extent of the vulnerabilities, as well as the practical considerations to be taken as a result. To read the full text of the article, click the link below.
THaW member Eric Johnson recently published an article at the website Third Certainty about how Security Executives can best achieve their goals. In the article, he delves into approaches executives can take, and how they can achieve optimal leadership. To read more, click through below.
A large fraction of faculty, postdocs, staff and students gathered for the annual THaW meeting. This year the meeting was hosted by UIUC in glorious fall weather.
THaW researchers are showing off some cool research at this week’s MobiSys conference in Niagara Falls, with three papers at MobiSys workshops and a poster in the poster session.
- Aarathi Prasad and David Kotz. ENACT: Encounter-based Architecture for Contact Tracing. In ACM Workshop on Physical Analytics (WPA), pages 37-42, June 2017. ACM Press. DOI 10.1145/3092305.3092310.
- Rui Liu, Reza Rawassizadeh, and David Kotz. Toward Accurate and Efficient Feature Selection for Speaker Recognition on Wearables. InProceedings of the ACM Workshop on Wearable Systems and Applications (WearSys), pages 41-46, 2017. ACM Press. DOI 10.1145/3089351.3089352.
- Rui Liu, Cory Cornelius, Reza Rawassizadeh, Ron Peterson, and David Kotz. Poster: Vocal Resonance as a Passive Biometric. In Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys), pages 160, 2017. ACM Press. DOI 10.1145/3081333.3089304.
- Xiaohui Liang and David Kotz. AuthoRing: Wearable User-presence Authentication. In Proceedings of the ACM Workshop on Wearable Systems and Applications (WearSys), pages 5-10, 2017. ACM Press. DOI 10.1145/3089351.3089357.
THaW researcher Kevin Fu recently joined his colleague Harold Thimbleby to discuss the challenges and obstacles created by ransomware. Read their comprehensive assessment of the problem, as well as possible solutions, at the link below.
THaW Researchers Xiaohui Liang, Tianlong Yun, Ronald Peterson, and David Kotz have been researching new methods for connecting wearables to external screens. Their paper, LightTouch: Securely Connecting Wearables to Ambient Displays with User Intent, has been accepted to INFOCOM 2017. In it, they explore a security system that uses a screen’s brightness level to ensure secure connection between screen and device. Moreover, they also address additional screen-based counter measures that can be taken to further secure the protocol. For more information and to read the paper, click the link below.
THaW contributor Eric Johnson’s conversations from the CISO conference continued with VP and CISO of Kindred Healthcare, Charles Lebo. The two had a conversation to discuss some of the emerging challenges of healthcare security. The topics ranged from the scope of large healthcare datasets, to the emergence of ransomware and maintaining data security.
Click here, or play the embedded video above, to hear the discussion in full.
THaW researcher Kevin Fu’s work on acoustic device hacking has recently been featured in the New York Times. The article discusses the team’s work on using acoustic signals to fool sensors in mobile device, and create the potential for security violations. For more information beyond the article, click here for a quick video, or read the complete paper below.