WiSense Seminar #130, Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things: Trends and Challenges, Mahmoud M. Gad

Title: WiSense Seminar #130, Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things: Trends and Challenges, Mahmoud M. Gad
Location: uOttawa, SITE Building (800 King Edward), Room 5084
Description: Abstract: The Internet of Things (IoT) concept has evolved rapidly in recent years to the point that the number of connected devices is expected to exceed 50 billion by the year 2020. In IoT, objects and systems are embedded with sensors and computing power, enabling them to communicate with each other. This opens the door to many new applications such as home automation, connected cars, smart cities, and smart grids. At the same time, it presents new challenging cybersecurity threats that need to be addressed especially with the rise of cybercrime.

Over the past couple of years, the degree of sophistication of cyber-attacks has increased while the knowledge of the typical intruder has decreased. These seemingly paradoxical trends may be a direct result of value chains anchored on cybercrime marketplaces. Today, online marketplaces exist where participants use web-based platforms to meet, discuss, exchange, and buy and sell goods and services to enable cybercrime activities.

In this seminar, a review of the IoT cybersecurity landscape is presented. Then the main trends in cyberattack tools and technologies are discussed with focus on their effect on IoT applications. Finally, recommendations for designing robust IoT systems are presented.

Bio: Mahmoud Gad received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alexandria (2003), and his M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland in College Park (2008). He recently graduated with Ph.D. from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the University of Ottawa. His research interests include cognitive radio networks, software defined radio platforms, Internet of Things, and security of wireless networks.

Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2015-07-30
End Time: 12:00


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