Fostering the Path to Security Intelligence: A Perspective in the Era of IoT and Blockchain

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Speaker(s) : Michele NOGUEIRA (Univ. Federal do Parana, Brasil)

Abstract: Cyberattacks are constantly damaging company reputations and increasing costs. More and more, we experience attacks with high impact on companies and society. In May 2017, for instance, the WannaCry ransomware infected more than 230000 computers, encrypting data and demanding ransom payments in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. Another example, in October 2016, the Dyn cyberattack took place involving distributed Denial-of-Service attacks (DDoS attacks) launched from Internet-connected devices -- such as IP cameras, residential gateways and baby monitors -- causing major Internet platforms and services to be unavailable to many users in Europe and North America. These examples highlight the power of the cyberattacks, but mainly reveal a constant improvement and sophistication in attacker strategies. For sure, cybersecurity isn’t anymore what it used to be. We are in the era of ubiquitous systems, in which we expect more than 50 billions of devices (things) connected by 2020. We observe the design of different solutions, such as the digital passports for seamless entry at Dubai Airport, supported by the blockchain technology, expecting it stands as proof of all the transactions on the network. However, how is academia addressing the sophistication in cyberattacks? Are we being able to anticipate moves in this cat-and-mouse game against attackers? How could academia benefit from the data generated in the network to create a security intelligence and prevent from attacks? This talk intends to promote a discussion around these questions and present an overview of correlated researches developed by Dr. Nogueira’s research team and future directions in these topics.
Biography: Michele Nogueira is Professor of the Computer Science Department at Federal University of Paraná, where she has been since 2010. She received her doctorate in Computer Science from the University Pierre et Marie Curie – Sorbonne Universités, Laboratoire d’Informatique de Paris VI (LIP6) in 2009. Her research interests include wireless networks, security and dependability. She has worked on providing resilience to self-organized, cognitive and wireless networks by adaptive and opportunistic approaches. Dr. Nogueira was one of the pioneers in addressing survivability issues in self-organized wireless networks, being the works “A Survey of Survivability in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks” and “An Architecture for Survivable Mesh Networking” her prominent scientific contributions. She has been a recipient of Academic Scholarships from Brazilian Government on her undergraduate and graduate years, and of international grants such as from the ACM SIGCOMM Geodiversity program. She is also Associate Technical Editor for the IEEE Communications Magazine and the Journal of Network and Systems Management. She serves as Vice-chair for the IEEE ComSoc - Internet Technical Committee. She is an ACM and IEEE Senior Member.

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