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Cyber Threat Detection and Prevention

Location

US Air Force Academy, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

RO# Location
13.04.06.B8403 US Air Force Academy, CO 808406200

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Fagin, Barry Steven barry.fagin@usafa.edu 719.333.7377

Description

The Academy Center for Cyberspace Research (ACCR) in the Department of Computer Science at the US Air Force Academy is interested in examining how to secure, identify, and counter threat actors in the cyber domain. The research will include not only networked computing resources, but also air and space assets, and critical infrastructure. The work will address command and control communication paths, layered network defense, and using formal methods to improve computer system security. We are interested in novel techniques for identifying and blocking malicious actors using previously unseen attacks. Research may include but is not limited to heuristics, machine learning, other methods of meta-analysis, formal methods, and SCADA systems. We are also interested in research that demonstrates how to continue operations in contested environments. ACCR collaborates with UAV, space, and cyber programs to evaluate and improve security of operational platforms.

 

References

“Heuristic Malware Detection via Basic Block Comparison," with Frank Adkins, Luke Jones, Jason Upchurch. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Malicious and Unwanted Software "The Americas" (Malware 2013 The Americas), Fajardo Puerto Rico, October 2013

“IRONSIDES: DNS with No Single-Packet Denial of Service or Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities”, GLOBECOMM 2012, Anaheim CA (2nd author, with Martin Carlisle)

 

Keywords:
Cyber security; Network defense; Unmanned aerial vehicles; Threat detection; Host-based defense; Satellite control systems; SCADA systems; Cryptography; Formal methods;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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