UA Little Rock, ASBTDC Introduce Online Training to Keep Small Businesses Cyber Safe

New “Cyber Safe” training from the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center equips businesses to recognize and thwart cyber threats. ASBTDC collaborated with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Cyber Arena to create the Cyber Safe: Cybersecurity for Small Business online training course. The free, on-demand course is broken into short modules covering cybersecurity basics, such as access control, passwords, physical security, and network protection.

Quantum Networks in Our Future

In AVS Quantum Science, investigators outline how a time-sensitive network control plane could be a key component of a workable quantum network. In addition to the well-understood requirements of transmission distance and data rate, for quantum networks to be useful in a real-world setting there are at least two other requirements that need to be considered. One is real-time network control, specifically time-sensitive networking. The second is cost.

New Study Examines Privacy and Security Perceptions of Online Education Proctoring Services

Educational institutions have had to transition to remote learning and exam taking. This has led to an increase in the use of online proctoring services to curb student cheating. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers explored the security and privacy perceptions of students taking proctored exams.

FAU Invention for Maximum Privacy of Sharing Files Online Gets U.S. Patent

While services such as Snapchat allow self-destructing messages or notify users when a recipient takes a screenshot of a message, there is no way to prevent someone from photographing or showing it to others on the screen. A new invention controls how and when shared documents are displayed and restricts individuals from viewing documents based on individual identity (e.g., face ID, a voice sample), their social network, and when and where the document is being viewed.

Making Our Computers More Secure

Columbia Engineering researchers who are leading experts in computer security recently presented two major papers on memory safety that make computer systems more secure at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture. This new research, which has zero to little effect on system performance, is already being used to create a processor for the Air Force Research Lab.

Director of UCI Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute available to address recent ransomware attacks.

As the first executive director of the multidisciplinary Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine, Bryan Cunningham is focused on solution-oriented strategies to address technical, legal and policy challenges to combat cyber threats, protect individual privacy and civil…

PNNL’s Shadow Figment Technology Foils Cyberattacks

Scientists have created a cybersecurity technology called Shadow Figment that is designed to lure hackers into an artificial world, then stop them from doing damage by feeding them illusory tidbits of success. The technology is aimed at protecting physical targets—infrastructure such as buildings, the electric grid, and water and sewage systems.

Columbia Engineering Team Builds First Hacker-resistant Cloud Software System

Columbia Engineering researchers have developed SeKVM, the first system that guarantees–through a mathematical proof–the security of virtual machines in the cloud. “This is the first time that a real-world multiprocessor software system has been shown to be mathematically correct and secure,” said Computer Science Professor Jason Nieh. “This means that users’ data are correctly managed by software running in the cloud and are safe from security bugs and hackers.”

A “Horizon Strategy” Framework for Science and Technology Policy

The current U.S. innovation model has in multiple respects fallen short in the face of today’s technology competition challenges. MITRE calls for a national-level effort between government, industry, and academia to address the most critical S&T priorities.

Colonial Pipeline hack a wake-up call to ramp up cybersecurity for nation’s infrastructure

The ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline, which has sparked fears of a gasoline shortage, exposes vulnerabilities within critical infrastructure systems in the U.S., according to a West Virginia University cybersecurity expert. Ransomware – a cyber attack designed to render files…

Colonial Pipeline: Pres. Biden’s Cybersecurity Executive Order, Economic Impacts, Gas Shortages & Ransomware Attack: Kogod School of Business Experts Available

  WHAT: After almost a week of being shut down due to a ransomware attack, the Colonial Pipeline has finally restarted operations yesterday evening. The shut down caused panic throughout the East Coast with gas stations experiencing shortages and very…

Under attack: Tulane expert offers tips of how to avoid falling victim to ransomware attacks

Randy Magiera, a cybersecurity expert and professor of information technology and information security in Tulane University’s School of Professional Advancement, is available to speak about ransomware attacks, what exactly happens and how to avoid these attacks. For interviews, contact [email protected]

MITRE CYBERSECURITY EXPERT EMILY FRYE NAMED TO FCW 2021 FEDERAL 100

Emily Frye, director for cyber integration for homeland security and the civilian enterprise at MITRE, has been named to FCW’s 2021 Federal 100 for her leadership in identifying and addressing cyber needs and demands across multiple federal civilian agencies. She also serves as co-director of MITRE’s election integrity initiative and pioneered the nationwide Social See Something, Say Something (SQUINT™) program and reporting tool to track election misinformation.

UA Little Rock Partners with Forge Institute to Grow Skilled Cybersecurity Workforce

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the Forge Institute have partnered to strengthen the cybersecurity workforce development in Arkansas by providing academic credit for those who complete professional development courses in cybersecurity at the Forge Institute. Under the terms of the recently signed collaboration agreement, UA Little Rock will award successful graduates of the Forge Institute’s IT/Cybersecurity Fundamentals certificate academic credit towards a bachelor’s degree in computer science or cybersecurity at UA Little Rock.

UA Little Rock partners with Forge Institute, U of A to Advance Applied Research In Cybersecurity to Support National Defense

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is partnering with the Forge Institute and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, to advance applied research in areas that support national defense, including cybersecurity. This partnership is a first-of-its-kind opportunity in Arkansas and will lead to competitive research, collaboration opportunities, and create a platform for economic growth and job creation.

Cybersecurity expert: After Russian hack, common security tools, including cloud-based multi-factor systems, shown to be less effective in preventing attacks

Bertrand Cambou, a professor of nanotechnology and cybersecurity at Northern Arizona University, is available to discuss what went wrong in the Russian hack attack revealed this week and what organizations, including the U.S. government, can learn from the attack. Cambou…

Utah State University’s Seth Manesse wins first individual CyberForce Competition™

After a tough, day-long contest, Seth Manesse from Utah State University won the sixth CyberForce Competition.

U.S. Department of Energy to host virtual CyberForce Competition™ November 14

The 2020 CyberForce Competition will be hosting over 400 students attending U.S. accredited institutions. Students will compete to harden and defend simulated wind energy infrastructure from cyber-attacks, while maintaining service for their customers (played by volunteers). Competitors will be selected by random lottery.

UA Little Rock joins coalition to launch health care cybersecurity curriculum and pilot focused on veterans and first responders

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is part of a coalition of universities and industry partners that are developing a curriculum to increase cybersecurity talent focused on health care with $6.3 million in funding from the National Security Agency. UA Little Rock will work with the University of Louisville, the University of North Florida, Bluegrass Technical and Owensboro Technical, the Forge Institute, and a coalition of industry partners to develop a training curriculum focused on health care cybersecurity.

U.S. Department of Energy to hold sixth CyberForce Competition™

In a first-time virtual contest, Argonne researchers will challenge hundreds of college students to defend simulated energy-sector infrastructure against cyberattacks.

New Tool Detects Unsafe Security Practices in Android Apps

Computer scientists at Columbia Engineering have shown for the first time that it is possible to analyze how thousands of Android apps use cryptography without needing to have the apps’ actual codes. The team’s new tool, CRYLOGGER, can tell when an Android app uses cryptography incorrectly—it detects the so-called “cryptographic misuses” in Android apps. When given a list of rules that should be followed for secure cryptography, CRYLOGGER detects violations of these rules.

FAU Awarded U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research Grant to Improve Learning and Operation of AI Systems

Researchers will develop new theory and methods to curate training data sets for artificial intelligence (AI) learning and screen real-time operational data for AI field deployment. They will develop technology to identify faulty, unusual and irregular information for AI learning and operations that rely on data, and will provide critical alerts to troubleshoot a problem before it occurs. This data-quality evaluation technology is being developed for a number of industries ranging from the military to cybersecurity to medical diagnostics.