Dr. Mohaisen has been invited to teach a 10-hour course at a cyber security summer school to be held at Guangzhou in China. With Prof. Kun Sun of George Mason University in Virginia, USA, Dr. Mohaisen will teach a course titled “System Security”. The summer school is to be held between May 22, 2017 and June 2, 2017.
Dr. Mohaisen has been invited to serve on the organizing committee of IEEE PAC 2017m as a publicity co-chair.
The IEEE Symposium on Privacy-Aware Computing (IEEE PAC) brings together experts from academia, government, and industry to present and discuss recent advances and new perspectives on related research and development in privacy-aware computing. We invite original theoretical contributions as well as system implementation/experimentation works on all topics related to “making computing privacy-aware” for privacy protection. Particularly, IEEE PAC solicits unpublished results in privacy threats and vulnerabilities of emerging applications for various computing platforms (mobile, IoT, cloud, social network, etc.), privacy-aware algorithms for big data analytics and networking, novel methodologies for privacy-protection (modern cryptography, game theory, etc.), policies for privacy-aware computing, etc.
This will be the first year of IEEE PAC 2017, and will be held in Washington DC from August 1 to August 3, 2017. The call for paper is here, and the deadline is March 31, 2017. Consider submitting your best work.
Dr. Mohaisen will organize The 9th International Workshop on Hot Topics in Planet-Scale Mobile Computing and Online Social Networking (HotPOST’17), to be held in conjunction with IEEE ICDCS 2017, in Atlanta, GA, USA on June 5, 2017. The workshop is organized with the goal to bring researchers working on the intersection of mobile computing and OSN together to present and discuss their latest research results and ideas, thereby promoting the development and evolution of this area. All submissions on mobile platforms and OSNs related to architecture, design, simulation, implementation, modeling, analysis, algorithm, and measurement are welcomed. Read more about the call for papers here, and consider submitting your best work.
SEAL team got one paper accepted by Financial Crypto 2017. The paper is titled “Graph Encryption for Exact Shortest Distance Queries with Efficient Updates”, and the acceptance rate of the conference this year was 25%. The paper looks into the broader direction of SEAL of realizing privacy preserving analytics, particularly by enabling privacy while computing basic functions on graphs. Congratulations to SEAL.
SEAL got a paper accepted by IEEE INFOCOM 2017. The paper is titled “Large-scale Invisible Attack on AFC Systems with NFC-equipped Smartphones”. The acceptance rate of IEEE INFOCOM 2017 was just about 20%. Congratulations to SEAL team.
Professor Mohaisen has been invited to the TPC of ICWSM 2017, to be held in Montreal, Canada, in May 2017.
SEAL hosted Dr. Charless A. Kamhoua, a computer scientist at the Air Force Research Lab to present on his recent work on the application of game theory to cloud security. His talk abstract is below, and his talk is open to the public. It will take place on Monday, September 26, 2016 at Davis Hall (Davis 338A).
Abstract. The growth of cloud computing has spurred many entities, both small and large, to use cloud services for cost savings. Public cloud computing has allowed for quick, dynamic scalability without many overhead or long-term commitments. However, concern over cyber security is the main reason many large organizations with sensitive information such as the Department of Defense have been reluctant to join a public cloud. This is due to three challenging problems. First, the current cloud infrastructures lack provable trustworthiness. Integrating Trusted Computing (TC) technologies with cloud infrastructure shows a promising method for verifying the cloudâs behaviors, which may in turn facilitate provable trustworthiness. Second, public clouds have the inherent and unknown danger stemming from a shared platform – namely, the hypervisor. An attacker that subverts a virtual machine (VM) and then goes on to compromise the hypervisor can readily compromise all virtual machines on that hypervisor. We propose a security-aware virtual machine placement scheme in the cloud. Third, a sophisticated attack in a cloud has to be understood as a sequence of events that calls for the detection/response model to encompass observations from varying dimensions. We discuss a method to automatically determine the best response, given the observations on the system states from a set of monitors. Game theory provides a rich mathematical tool to analyze conflict within strategic interactions and thereby gain a deeper understanding of cloud security issues. Theoretical constructs or mathematical abstractions provide a rigorous scientific basis for cyber security because they allow for reasoning quantitatively about cyber-attacks. This talk will address the three cloud security challenging problems identified above and report on our latest findings from this body of work.
Charles A. Kamhoua received the BS in electronic from the University of Douala (ENSET), Cameroon, in 1999, and the MS in telecommunication and networking and the PhD in electrical engineering from Florida International University (FIU), in 2008 and 2011, respectively. In 2011, he joined the Cyber Assurance Branch of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Rome, New York, as a National Academies Postdoctoral Fellow and became a Research Electronics Engineer in 2012. Prior to joining AFRL, he was an educator for more than 10 years. His current research interests include the application of game theory to cyber security, survivability, cloud computing, hardwareTrojan, online social network, wireless communication and cyber threat information sharing. He has more than 60 technical publications in prestigious journals and International conferences along with a Best Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE FOSINTSI. He has mentored more than 40 young scholars at AFRL counting Summer Faculty Fellow, postdoc, and students. He has been invited to more than 30 keynote and distinguished speeches in the USA and abroad. He has been recognized for his scholarship and leadership with numerous prestigious awards including 30 Air Force Notable Achievement Awards, the 2016 FIU Charles E. Perry Young Alumni Visionary Award, the 2015 AFOSR Windows on the World Visiting Research Fellowship at Oxford University, UK, an AFOSR Basic Research Award, the 2015 Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA), the 2015 NSBE Golden Torch Award Pioneer of the Year, selection to the 2015 Heidelberg Laureate Forum, and the 2011 NSF PIRE Award at the Fluminense Federal University, Brazil. He is currently an advisor for the National Research Council, a member of ACM, the FIU alumni association, NSBE and a senior member of IEEE.
Prof Mohaisen has been invited to the organizing team of ACM MobiSys 2017, The 15th ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services, to be held in Niagara Falls, NY, USA, from June 19 to June 23, 2017. Prof Mohaisen will be serving as a treasurer of the conference.