Georgia Tech Cybersecurity News Releases

Official announcements from the Georgia Institute of Technology, regarding cybersecurity research, support, faculty and facilities are listed here. For more news from all areas of Georgia Tech, please visit the campus News Center. For official announcements from the Georgia Tech Research Institute -- Georgia's Tech applied research arm for industry and government clients -- please visit the GTRI Newsroom.

 

Aug. 16, 2017

Print No Evil: Three-Layer Technique Helps Secure Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, is replacing conventional fabrication processes in critical areas ranging from aerospace components to medical implants. But because the process relies on software to control the 3-D printer, additive manufacturing could become a target for malicious attacks – as well as for unscrupulous operators who may cut corners.

 

May 22, 2017

Combination of Features Produces New Android Vulnerability

A new vulnerability affecting Android mobile devices results not from a traditional bug, but from the malicious combination of two legitimate permissions that power desirable and commonly-used features in popular apps.

 

May 22, 2017

Network Traffic Provides Early Indication of Malware Infection

By analyzing network traffic going to suspicious domains, security administrators could detect malware infections weeks or even months before they're able to capture a sample of the invading malware, a new study suggests. The findings point toward the need for new malware-independent detection strategies.

 

May 8, 2017

'Master of Information Security' Degree Expands Across Three Colleges: Renamed 'Master of Cybersecurity'

More students can prepare for cybersecurity careers under a newly expanded degree that allows students from public policy, electrical engineering, and computer science to pursue specialization tracks.

 

Apr. 17, 2017

Method for Detecting Malware with Electromagnetic Emanations Wins $5,000

Two cybersecurity research projects by students in the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering each won $5,000 for commercialization potential at the "Demo Day Finale" held April 13, 2017.

 

Mar. 22, 2017

Honeywell Joins Georgia Tech Internet-of-Things Research Center

Honeywell announced that it is joining Georgia Tech’s Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT), reinforcing its commitment to grow its Atlanta presence.

 

Mar. 17, 2017

Antonakakis to Speak at CableLabs IoT Security Panel

ECE Assistant Professor Manos Antonakakis will serve as a panelist at the CableLabs Inform(ED) IoT Security Conference, part of a two-day conference event that will be held April 12-13, 2017 in New York City, New York. 

 

Mar. 15, 2017

Georgia Tech Students Sweep NSA Hacking Contest

Students from the Georgia Institute of Technology placed first in the National Security Agency (NSA)’s “2016 Codebreaker Challenge,” beating 480 other universities in a three-month hacking contest designed to give students a realistic glimpse of nation-state cybersecurity.

 

Mar. 14, 2017

Students Present Cybersecurity Research for Commercialization on April 13

Georgia Tech students will present their best cybersecurity research before a panel of venture capitalists and business leaders for a chance to win cash in the “Demo Day Finale” on April 13.

 

Mar. 1, 2017

Once Overlooked Uninitialized Use 'Bugs' May Provide Portal for Hacker Attacks

New Georgia Tech research has determined that simple memory errors in Linux can be reliably exploited by hackers.

 

Feb. 13, 2017

Simulated Ransomware Attack Shows Vulnerability of Industrial Controls

The School of Electrical & Computer Engineering simulated a ransomware takeover of a water treatment plant in order to highlight vulnerabilities in control systems such as manufacturing plants, water and wastewater treatment facilities, and building management systems. The work was presented at the 2017 RSA® Conference.

 

Feb. 8, 2017

Three Georgia Tech Students Chosen as Scholars for the RSA Security Conference

Attending the RSA® Conference (RSAC) is a coveted, career-climbing, right-of-passage for professionals in the cybersecurity field, and next week, three Georgia Tech students will be honored as “RSA®C Security Scholars” before an expected crowd of 40,000 in San Francisco.

 

Jan. 27, 2017

Internet of Things Center Continues to Grow, Make Global Impact

Since launching in 2014, the Center for the Development and Application of Internet of things Technologies (CDAIT) has grown from three founding members to 18 and was named one of the best IoT blogs/websites by the Internet of More Things for providing “informative analysis.”

 

Jan. 26, 2017

Finding Credibility Clues on Twitter

In an era of fake news from questionable outlets, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have built a language model that identifies which words and phrases lead to strong or weak perceived levels of credibility during rapidly unfolding events on social media.

 

Jan. 12, 2017

A New Way to 'Engage' Startups

A new mentorship-driven accelerator and venture fund targeting high-tech startups is coming to Atlanta. The national program, called Engage, launched through a joint announcement from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and the CEOs of 10 leading global corporations.

 

Dec. 19, 2016

NASSCOM of India signs agreement with Georgia Tech to drive innovation in Internet of Things

The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) announced Dec. 19 that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Georgia Institute of Technology to begin collaborating on advancing the Internet of Things (IoT) and fostering innovation through an IoT ecosystem.

 

Dec. 2, 2016

President's Cybersecurity Commission Releases Report

Annie Antón, professor and chair of the Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing, served on the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. The commission issued its consensus report on Dec. 2.

 

Nov. 29, 2016

$17 Million Contract Will Help Establish Science of Cyber Attribution

The Georgia Institute of Technology has been awarded a $17.3 million cybersecurity research contract to help establish new science around the ability to quickly, objectively and positively identify the virtual actors responsible for cyberattacks, a technique known as "attribution."

 

Nov. 16, 2016

Georgia Tech Launches Two Programs to Boost Cybersecurity Degree Production and Research
Students invited to apply for cyber scholarship and new fellowship

The Institute for Information Security & Privacy at Georgia Tech announced a $5-million scholarship fund and the creation of a new Ph.D. fellowship program dedicated to emerging cybersecurity ideas. Both efforts support students who want to pursue cybersecurity careers and research.

 

Oct. 31, 2016

Georgia Tech Launches New Research on the Security of Machine-Learning Systems

A $1.5 million gift from Intel Corporation has established a new research center at the Georgia Institute of Technology dedicated to the emerging field of machine-learning (ML) cybersecurity with a focus on strengthening the analytics behind malware detection and threat analysis.

 

Oct. 19, 2016

Study Finds 'Lurking Malice' in Cloud Hosting Services

A study of 20 major cloud hosting services has found that as many as 10 percent of the repositories hosted by them had been compromised – with several hundred of the “buckets” actively providing malware. Such bad content could be challenging to find, however, because it can be rapidly assembled from stored components that individually may not appear to be malicious.

 

Sept. 28, 2016

2017 Threat Report Released

Georgia Tech releases the “2017 Emerging Cyber Threats, Trends & Technologies Report” – an expert-driven review of recent cybersecurity trends, developing research, and threat considerations for the year ahead.

 

Aug. 1, 2016

Monitoring Side-Channel Signals Could Detect Malicious Software on IoT Devices

A $9.4 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) could lead to development of a new technique for wirelessly monitoring Internet of Things (IoT) devices for malicious software – without affecting the operation of the ubiquitous but low-power equipment.

 

June 22, 2016

Standardizing Communications for the Internet of Things

Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) have developed a flexible, generic data-fusion software that simplifies interacting with sensor networks. Known as FUSE, it provides a framework to standardize the diverse IoT world. Its application programming interface (API) lets users capture, store, annotate and transform any data coming from Internet-connected sources.

 

May 23, 2016

Georgia Tech at IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy 2016

Researchers, students and faculty from the Georgia Institute of Technology present their latest cybersecurity advances at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, one of the information security community's premier international events. Three research papers by Georgia Tech researchers, students and faculty were accepted into the peer-reviewed conference, including a fourth in which a Georgia Tech student collaborated in a study led by Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

 

May 19, 2016

SEISE Tool Uses Semantic Gaps to Detect Website Promotional Attacks

By detecting semantic inconsistencies in content, researchers -- led by Georgia Tech's Motorola Foundation Professor Raheem Beyah -- have developed a new technique for identifying promotional infections of websites operated by government and educational organizations. Such attacks use code embedded in highly-ranked sites to drive traffic to sketchy websites selling fake drugs, counterfeit handbags and plagiarized term papers – or installing drive-by malware.

 

May 11, 2016

Georgia Tech to Develop Big Data Protection for the Cloud

Georgia Tech researchers led by Professor Ling Liu have been awarded a $1.19 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to devise privacy protection protocols for big data cloud computing throughout all phases of data processing in a project known as PrivacyGuard.

 

May 3, 2016

Georgia Tech to Dismantle Pervasive Cyberattacks in 10 Seconds or Less

Georgia Tech researchers have been awarded a $2.9 million contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a cybersecurity method that will identify and defend against low-volume distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

 

April 13, 2016

Obama Names Antón to Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

President Barack Obama has selected Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing Chair and Professor Ana (Annie) Antón to serve as one of 12 members of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. The bipartisan commission, created by presidential executive order on Feb. 9, 2016, is part of the Cybersecurity National Action Plan.

 

Mar. 29, 2016

Students to Show Venture Capitalists Their Best Work

A fraud detection system for healthcare claims… Ways to evaluate safer passwords…. Technical fixes for truly private browsing… These are some of the ideas proposed by Georgia Tech students who will compete before a national panel of venture capitalists for cash in the inaugural “Demo Day Finale” on April 13.

 

Feb. 29, 2016

Device 'Fingerprinting' Could Help Protect Power Grid, Other Industrial-Control Systems

Researchers are using the same principle as human voice recognition to identify devices on electrical grid control networks, using their unique electronic “voices” – fingerprints produced by the devices’ individual physical characteristics – to determine which signals are legitimate and which signals might be from attackers. Georgia Tech's Motorola Foundation Professor Raheem Beyah explains.

 

Feb. 22, 2016

Georgia Tech Discovers How Mobile Ads Leak Personal Information

The personal information of millions of smartphone users is at risk due to in-app advertising that can leak potentially sensitive user information between ad networks and mobile app developers, according to a new study by students at the School of Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

Jan. 28, 2016

Protecting Privacy Takes Many Forms

January 28 was recognized as “National Data Privacy Day” and supported by the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Interactive Computing.  Professors, researchers and scientists and Georgia Tech comment on data collection and privacy concerns.

 

Nov. 17, 2015

Georgia Tech Becomes First University to Join New Anti-Malware Group

Looking to share its advanced research on bot behavior, emerging infections and mitigation processes with the security community, the Georgia Institute of Technology is the first academic institution to join the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG). The Working Group bridges the gap between academia and industry to understand and disable complex aspects of information abuse, says Assistant Professor Manos Antonakakis.

 

Oct. 28, 2015

Georgia Tech Establishes New Cybersecurity Research Effort

In response to widespread and persistent cybersecurity threats to businesses, government and individuals, the Georgia Institute of Technology announces the formation of a new, interdisciplinary research collaborative – the Institute for Information Security & Privacy (IISP). The IISP aligns the expertise of 200 researchers and nine labs across four colleges and the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) to form a single gateway to all cybersecurity efforts.

 

Oct. 8, 2015

Solving the Internet's Identity Crisis

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, including Russ Clark and Cas D'Angelo, are developing new tools to help ISPs verify the true owner of a network and legitimate traffic paths.

 

Oct. 7, 2015

European Court Strikes Down US-EU Privacy Agreement

Attorney and Professor Peter Swire, who teaches in Scheller College of Business and leads the privacy policy research area for the Institute for Information Security & Privacy, explains the latest ruling about transfering user data between the U.S. and Europe.

 

Sept. 11, 2015

Computer Science Students, Faculty Take Honors at FSE '15

Students and faculty from Georgia Tech's College of Computing achieved the highest honors at ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE ’15) held in Italy, Aug 30-Sept 7 -- one of two flagship software engineering conferences.

 

Sept. 10, 2015

ECE Ranking Remain Strong in Latest US News & World Report Rankings

Georgia Tech's electrical engineering program ranked 4th and computer engineering held  at #6 in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Issue.

 

Aug. 13, 2015

Georgia Tech Finds 11 Security Flaws in Popular Internet Browsers Using New Analysis Method

Researchers led by Professor Wenke Lee from the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing developed a new cyber security analysis method that discovered 11 previously unknown Internet browser security flaws, and were honored with the Internet Defense Prize, an award offered by Facebook in partnership with USENIX at the 24th USENIX Security Symposium.

 

July 30, 2015

Georgia Tech Receives $4.2 Million for Military Research to Better Secure Data Transfer

Researchers from the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology were awarded $4.2 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to improve how data is tracked between computers, Internet hosts, and browsers for better cybersecurity.