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1 INSTITUTE FOR CYBER SECURITY 11 Research Opportunities at the Institute for Cyber Security (ICS) Ravi Sandhu Executive Director and Endowed Professor

2 INSTITUTE FOR CYBER SECURITY 2 About ICS 2 ICS ICS Labs World-class sponsored research on all aspects of cyber security in collaboration with leading academic, industry and government partners ICS Incubator Develops innovative security products and companies by bringing in novel and commercially viable ideas and prototypes, incubating and developing these and spinning out companies ICS CIAS Conducts dark screen exercises and training at the city and county level to improve our nations capability to withstand coordinated cyber attacks We are a startup Founded June 2007 by multi-million start- up funding from State of Texas, conditional on recruiting Prof. Ravi Sandhu to lead ICS We are different World-class research with commercialization ICS Labs is off to a great start $1.7M (UTSA portion) in new funding won in 2008 in partnership with Purdue, UIUC, UMBC, UNCC, Michigan, UTD, Penn St., ASU, Georgia Tech

3 INSTITUTE FOR CYBER SECURITY 3 About Ravi Sandhu BTech, MTech: Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi MS, PhD: Computer Science, Rutgers Univ., New Jersey Assistant Prof of Computer Science, Ohio State U (6 yrs) Associate/Full Prof of Information Security, George Mason U (18 yrs) Full Prof & Endowed Chair of Cyber Security, UTSA (2007 onwards) Founding EIC ACM TISSEC: worlds leading security journal Founder ACM CCS: worlds leading security conference Founder ACM SACMAT: another leading security conference Major author of NIST/ANSI Standard on Role-Based Access Control Creator & architect of MS and PhD programs in Cyber Security at GMU Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, TriCipher: Silicon Valley startup One of the worlds most cited authors in cyber security research 10,000+ Google Scholar hits, with two superhits (3200+ and hits) 175 papers with 50+ co-authors, 14 PhD graduates ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, 12 Security Technology patents Awards from ACM, IEEE, NIST, NSA

4 INSTITUTE FOR CYBER SECURITY The Computer Science Research Triangle 4 Theory e.g., P =? NP, Automata Implementation e.g., Virtualization, Peer-to-peer Models e.g., 7-layer OSI nw stack, OO Programming A good PhD dissertation should involve all 3 elements but contributions will typically emphasize one of these ICS Forte


6 INSTITUTE FOR CYBER SECURITY 6 ICS Forte: Security Models and Analysis Models RBAC: Role-Based Access Control,1992- UCON: Usage Control, PEI: Policy-Enforcement- Implementation, … Applications Enterprise security Identity management Information sharing Stream-processing Social networking … IT Technologies Web 2.0 Virtualization Software as a Service (SaaS) Web services Trusted computing Semantic web … Attack Technologies Botnets Phishing Buffer overflow Cross scripting Sniffers …


8 INSTITUTE FOR CYBER SECURITY 8 Usage Control UCON Model (2002-) unified model integrating authorization obligation conditions and incorporating continuity of decisions mutability of attributes New kid on the block Receiving good traction

9 INSTITUTE FOR CYBER SECURITY 9 PEI Models (2004-) No competing framework so far

10 INSTITUTE FOR CYBER SECURITY Current Funded Projects Managing the Assured Information Sharing Life Cycle (AISL) Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research, MURI, Partners: UMBC, Michigan, UIUC, Purdue, UTD 9/11 caused us to move from a "need to know" mindset to a "need to share" posture. What does this really mean? What are the implications? How can we share safely? How do we share but protect? Securing Dynamic Online Social Networks Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Partners: Penn. State Univ., ASU, UNC-Charlotte Content, often including private sensitive data, is flowing into social networks at a very high rate. How do we enable privacy and security without impacting the velocity of data transfer and convenience? A Framework for Combating Stealthy Botnets Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research, MURI, Partners: Georgia Tech. Botnets are the most dangerous, widespread and insidious attack vehicles on the Internet. Future botnets are anticipated to use stealth techniques such as encryption and aggregation to avoid exposure, easily defeating current detection techniques. What do we do to contain this threat? Secure Knowledge Management: Models and Mechanisms Sponsor: National Science Foundation, How do we combine cryptographic techniques and access control techniques to effectively protect information and knowledge? 10

11 INSTITUTE FOR CYBER SECURITY Current Un-Funded Projects Write your own ticket 11

12 INSTITUTE FOR CYBER SECURITY 12 Group-Based Information Sharing Information Sharing Metaphors: Secure virtual room in cyberspace Subscription service Idealized policy: Formalized using temporal logic Pragmatic policy: Approximation to ideal, formalized using temporal logic Detailed protocols Working system

13 INSTITUTE FOR CYBER SECURITY Conclusion The need for cyber security will only grow Unless humans suddenly transform into angels Unless cyber innovations stop delivering productivity gains The best we can offer is to stay ahead of the attackers Attackers are often more innovative and more incented than defenders Every cyber technology innovation creates a new attack-defend cycle No final solution UTSA has a world class research operation in cyber security Take security courses Join our team Come talk to me: drop me an and I will make time We have multiple openings Come join us on Nov 18 th to celebrate our Founders Day 4:00-5:30pm: Distinguished lecture by Prof. Eugene Spafford of Purdue 5:30-7:00pm: Wine and cheese reception See 13

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