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Tamer Basar

ITI professor Tamer Başar awarded honorary doctorate from KTH Royal Institute of Technology

01/07/2020 - 9:28am   Basar received an honorary doctorate for his contributions to KTH Royal Institute of Technology research collaborations.
Masooda Bashir

ITI/CSL professor receives an additional $4M from NSF for cybersecurity scholarships

12/12/2019 - 1:02pm   Modern life depends on the stability and security of computers and networks, yet there are nowhere near enough qualified cybersecurity professionals to meet the nation’s needs — and ITI and CSL are doing its part to help. For a decade, ICSSP has been offering students scholarships in exchange for government service after graduation.
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CIRI research employs social media to enhance disaster response

11/06/2019 - 4:05pm   Agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the US Coast Guard are increasingly looking to technology to help them achieve their mission of more quickly and safely distributing humanitarian aid, conducting rescue operations, and delivering other disaster response support. To support these response agencies, CIRI researcher Jana Diesner is incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) and data mining into the field of humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR).
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Scriyb platform integrates CIRI-based tool in cybersecurity courses

10/24/2019 - 10:33am  

When the CIRI team at the University of Illinois developed the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security-funded Cyber Secure Dashboard, it was initially meant to be a tool to aid small and medium companies in meeting the cybersecurity standards detailed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Ruth Swain

CIRI Dashboard used to help small businesses, train future workforce

10/17/2019 - 1:50pm  

Cybersecurity is a concern for all business, from multi-national corporations like Target to the mom-and-pop store down the street. That’s why the government developed and published the National Institute of Science and Technologies (NIST) Cyber Security Framework, a cyber risk management standard for companies to follow to ensure the safety of them and their customers online. Unfortunately, meeting the NIST CSF standard is a challenge for most small businesses.

David M. Nicol

Illinois uses “digital twins” to create more secure advanced manufacturing systems

10/04/2019 - 8:31am  

In cyber-physical control systems, such as those used in manufacturing, cyber-attacks have the potential to harm equipment and people.  To detect and thwart these attacks, researchers often utilize virtualized testbeds to simulate attacks, especially those that leverage software flaws.

Sarita Adve

ITI/CSL Professors present at prestigious ERI Summit

09/10/2019 - 9:53am   Started in 2017, ERI is a five-year $1.5 billion investment in defense electronic systems by DARPA. Each year, researchers leading aspects of programs funded by the initiative are invited to share their research. This year, ITI Professor Sarita Adve and CSL Professor Naresh Shanbhag were among the invited presenters.
Monowar Hasan (left) and Mohan

Mohan funded by Toyota for work on security for V2X communications

08/29/2019 - 11:23am   V2X communications will be critical in improving driving safety and traffic efficiency. Auto giant Toyota is collaborating with ITI researchers to create technology that enhances secure communications between cars and their surroundings.
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New app allows inspectors to find gas pump skimmers faster

08/19/2019 - 10:29am   A team of computer scientists at UC San Diego and the University of Illinois have developed an app that allows state and federal inspectors to detect devices that steal consumer credit and debit card data at gas pumps. The devices, known as skimmers, use Bluetooth to transmit the data they steal.
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New publications help CREDC reach next generation of cybersecurity researchers

08/15/2019 - 11:26am   When most kids leave middle school, they have not yet decided what they want their career to be, but they have thought about what they do not want to do. CREDC is working to keep computer science and computer engineering off the latter list with a new series of STEM-related activity books geared for ages 10 and up.
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DHS interns gain experience in cybersecurity through CIRI

07/18/2019 - 1:34pm   Each year DHS partners with its University Centers of Excellence to offer college faculty and students from Minority Serving Institutions the opportunity to gain experience with DHS research. This year, two Summer Research Teams were welcomed to CIRI.
In-browser Cryptojacking Workflow

New research identifies malicious cryptojacking operations

07/10/2019 - 9:47am   Three ITI professors were on a team that recently performed an internet-scale analysis of the new threat of cryptojacking.

Winners of EPRI Challenge announced at CREDC Summer Symposium

07/02/2019 - 11:52am  

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), in collaboration with the Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC), has announced the winners of EPRI’s first Cyber Security Research Challenge, which offers technical and financial support to specific research projects. This Challenge enables greater collaboration between EPRI and academic institutions to identify and address capability gaps in existing strategies for protecting grid operations.

Grace Gao

ITI professor receives Campus Distinguished Promotion Award

05/28/2019 - 4:00pm  

Recently, more than 100 faculty received the exciting news that they would be promoted to either associate or full professor. For CSL’s Grace Gao, her promotion came with an additional achievement.

Klara Nahrstedt receiving her award from Engineering Dean Rashid Bashir and CS Department Head Nancy Amato

ITI researcher Klara Nahrstedt recipient of College of Engineering Faculty Award

04/30/2019 - 2:45pm  

During the annual College of Engineering Faculty Awards Ceremony, ITI researcher and CSL Director Klara Nahrstedt was honored with the Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award.

Called “as close to the Nobel Prize as you can get in this college” by the event’s MC and the college’s Executive Associate Dean Philippe H. Geubelle, this award is given to a faculty member who has received national or international acclaim for dedication to academic excellence through teaching and research, and who has made exemplary contributions to the understanding of their field.

Chuchu Fan

CSL researchers work to guarantee system reliability

04/25/2019 - 1:15pm   It is said that the only guarantees in life are death and taxes. CSL graduate student Chuchu Fan and adviser Sayan Mitra are working to add power systems to that list in their Siebel Energy Institute-funded project, “A Formal Verification and Synthesis Tool for Safety Critical Power Grid Infrastructures and Cyber-physical Systems."
Phuong M. Cao

Illinois researchers sweeten “honeypot” to catch, blacklist hackers

04/25/2019 - 1:00pm   “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting” - Sun Tzu. This quote inspired CSL student Phuong M. Cao and team to conduct research to understand how programs were being attacked. A paper about that research was recently accepted at a prestigious conference.
CIRI Executive Director Randy Sandone

CIRI Symposium attracts thought leaders, exhibits outputs-oriented research

04/25/2019 - 11:45am  

Earlier this month, the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute held its annual meeting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The event, titled the CIRI Symposium on Resilience of Critical Infrastructures, drew nearly 100 participants from academia, government, and the private sector to hear about CIRI projects, to discuss pressing critical infrastructure challenges, and to explore new opportunities to collaborate.

Noah Dormady

Resilience Calculator enables businesses to “bounce back” in the face of disaster

02/07/2019 - 2:30pm  

CIRI researchers Adam Rose and Noah Dormady are developing a tool - the Business Resilience Calculator (BRC) - to measure and assess the resilience of a business in the face of a disruption, such as a natural disaster, infrastructure collapse, or terrorist attack. The BRC will allow businesses to precisely measure their resilience by assessing the potential economic impact of damage to critical infrastructure.

Gul Agha

ITI Professor Gul Agha named ACM Fellow

12/07/2018 - 4:15pm   Gul Agha, ITI Professor, has been named a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. ACM Fellows are composed of an elite group that represents less than one percent of the Association’s global membership.