How Texas A&M University is preparing its students to tackle issues of cybersecurity
By: Deana Totzke
Two students affiliated with the Texas A&M University College of Engineering have been named finalists in the 2019 SC Awards for exemplary professional leadership in cybersecurity. Philip Smith and Casey Stephens were named Student of the Year finalists in the Professional Award category of the SC Awards.
By: Deana Totzke, Texas A&M University College of Engineering
Among the 11 teams to receive a U.S. Department of Energy award is a team from the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) led by Dr. Kate Davis.
The nation’s energy infrastructure has become a major target of cyberattacks over the past decade, with more frequent and sophisticated attacks on the rise. Today, a cyber incident has the potential to disrupt energy services, damage highly specialized equipment, and threaten human health and safety. This makes energy cybersecurity a top national priority that will require the federal government and the energy sector to work together to reduce cyber risks that could trigger a large-scale or prolonged energy disruption. [Read more…] about Texas A&M Researchers Land DOE Grant to Improve U.S. Cybersecurity
In December 2018, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) recognized Texas A&M Engineering student, Zachary Ratliff, for helping make Microsoft online services safer by finding and reporting a security vulnerability. Ratliff privately disclosed a security vulnerability in Microsoft’s online services and worked with them to remediate the issue.
By: Savanna Hoover, Texas A&M University College of Engineering
Smart devices are integrating into our workspaces and homes, providing convenient features such as security cameras, temperature control, motor games and more. Smart devices often have cameras that transmit data to the cloud. The cloud uses analytics to recognize different actions and sends data back to the device. Recently these smart cameras have come under public scrutiny for creating hacking opportunities that infiltrate the privacy of the home. A balance must therefore be reached to protect the security of the user and maintain optimal performance of the device’s functionality.
Texas A&M University researcher Zhangyang Wang, along with his two doctoral students, Zhenyu Wu and Haotao Wang, have partnered with Adobe Research scientists Dr. Zhaowen Wang and Dr. Hailin Jin to find new ways to protect user privacy from video-enabled in-home devices. The collaboration with Adobe began in September 2017. [Read more…] about A Privacy Filter For Smart Camera Applications
By: Rachel Rose
Four undergraduate students in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University placed third in the national Embedded Security Challenge, which was part of the International Cyber Security Awareness Worldwide (CSAW) competition. [Read more…] about Students excel at national cybersecurity competition
If you missed this year’s Alamo Chapter Event (ACE), you missed another top-notch event that broke records and barriers over three days filled with speakers, engagements and exhibits.
The event hosted 2,500 attendees and welcomed back the Mayor of San Antonio, Ron Nirenberg, as well as the new 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio Commander, Brigadier General Laura Lenderman. Brigadier General Lenderman gave an overview of Joint Base San Antonio explaining that JBSA is the largest contingent of cyber outside of the metropolitan DC area. Lieutenant General (Ret) Bob Wood from AFCEA International announced that the Alamo Chapter is now the 5th largest chapter of the organization. Deloitte sponsored the “Capture the Flag” event for the second year in a row. Texas A&M GigEmBytes snagged the win for 2018. [Read more…] about ACE Breaks Record Numbers
By: Rachel Rose
Hardware is a part of every electronic device you use. Whether it’s a sensor in your car or a chip that controls the temperature within your house, it is vital that the systems that we rely on so heavily remain uncompromised. Until recently, cyber attacks were primarily targeted toward software, but they have now shifted toward the deeper layers of hardware, which poses new challenges to defenders. Instead of simply ensuring that the software is robustly secure, researchers now have to find ways to creatively secure the underlying hardware as well.
This is the primary focus of Dr. Jeyavijayan “JV” Rajendran, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. [Read more…] about Why should hardware be protected from cyber attacks?
The Texas A&M University team GigEmBytes was the winner of the 2018 Alamo Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association’s annual Capture the Flag competition held on Nov. 7. The competition, sponsored by Deloitte, featured challenges from a wide range of categories including web, crypto, reverse engineering and forensics. [Read more…] about Texas A&M team wins capture the flag competition in San Antonio
By: Felysha Walker
Mozilla awarded Dr. Jeff Huang, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, a grant to support his significant research in detecting and eliminating web browser-based attacks. Specifically, Huang is focused on developing automated tools to protect web browsers from memory corruption vulnerabilities. [Read more…] about Huang receives Mozilla Research Award for his work on browser-based attacks
By: Alyssa Goard
AUSTIN (KXAN) — A three day hackathon focused on targeting drone dangers wound down Sunday as three teams of finalists walked away with the promise of $15,000 to support the ideas they’d created for the future. [Read more…] about Department of Defense, Army Futures invest in Austin hackathon ideas
The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), represented by the Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center, has signed a new collaborative agreement with the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA), which aims to strengthen cooperation between both parties in relation to cybersecurity.
The agreement was signed at Texas A&M University at Qatar by His Excellency Engineer Essa Bin Hilal Al-Kuwari, KAHRAMAA president and chair of the Smart Grid Center at Qatar Steering Committee, and Dr. Ioannis G. Economou, associate dean for academic affairs at Texas A&M at Qatar, who was representing Dr. Dimitris Lagoudas, TEES deputy director. [Read more…] about Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center signs agreement with Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation
The future of spam and scam phone calls
A new report from a private company suggests that by 2019, nearly half of all calls to cellphones will be scam calls. [Read more…] about Dr. Daniel Ragsdale Appears on KBTX to Discuss Spam Phone Calls
By: Jeannie Ralston
Traditionally, militaries have fought in four arenas: air, land, sea and space. But as the damage wreaked by computer hackers expands from breaching retail security systems to penetrating national security computer networks, a fifth—and perhaps even more nefarious—battlefield has emerged: cyberspace.
As cyberthreats increase, so do the number of students choosing to protect their nation on the cyberspace front. Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service is proving to be the ideal training ground for these students. Since its founding in 1997, the Bush School’s faculty mixture of top-tier academics and real-world practitioners has prepared graduate students for careers in international affairs and in the public administration and nonprofit sectors. This includes grooming students for careers in national security.
On September 11, 2018, Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center hosted a Cybersecurity Networking Social, which allowed for both students and companies in this field to have a smaller, more focused event to connect with each other. There were 18 companies and over 200 students in attendance. [Read more…] about Texas A&M Cybersecurity Networking Social
The Texas A&M University System’s Security Operations Center works to protect the System from an estimated 1 million attempted cyberattacks per month, according to a three-minute video made available Wednesday that outlines the center’s work. [Read more…] about Texas A&M University System touts cybersecurity efforts
The Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center sponsored a student trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, last month for DEF CON, a world-renowned annual hacking convention. This year’s convention attracted more than 28,000 attendees, including 20 students from Texas A&M University. “It was easily the most rewarding, informational and career-inspiring experience I have ever had,” said senior John Zenick. [Read more…] about Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center Sends Students to DEF CON
Former CIO of the Department of Homeland Security, Luke McCormack, Acknowledges Achievement
North Las Vegas, NV, August 3, 2018 – Earlier today, a couple dozen elite hackers congregated in North Las Vegas to compete in the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) Capture-the-Flag competition, which was the final activity of a week-long intensive cybersecurity boot camp program. The winning team included Douglas Nguyen, Joshua Ambrose, and Andrew Meserole. Each of the winners were awarded an education voucher from (ISC)2 and a scholarship from the Center for Internet Security (CIS) at the award ceremony immediately following the competition. The camp took place at Cheyenne High School and was co-hosted by Southern Utah University. [Read more…] about Winners Announced for U.S. Cyber Challenge Hacker Competition at Western Regional Camp
Smartphones, tablets, iPads – mobile devices have become invaluable to the everyday consumer. But few consider the security issues that occur when using these devices.
Modern mobile applications or “apps” use cloud-hosted HTTP-based application programming interface (API) services and heavily rely on the internet infrastructure for data communication and storage. To improve performance and leverage the power of the mobile device, input validation and other business logic required for interfacing with web API services are typically implemented on the mobile client. However, when a web service implementation fails to thoroughly replicate input validation, it gives rise to inconsistencies that could lead to attacks that can compromise user security and privacy. Developing automatic methods of auditing web APIs for security remains challenging.
Dr. Guofei Gu, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University and director of the SUCCESS lab, together with his doctoral students Abner Mendoza and Guangliang Yang, are working to combat these security issues. [Read more…] about Texas A&M professor researching mobile applications security