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2015

How CyLab Researchers are Protecting Consumers This Shopping Season: Distilling Lengthy Privacy Policies
Consumers spent nearly $3 billion on Cyber Monday this year, and the holiday online shopping frenzy will continue through the end of the year.

CyLab's Lorrie Cranor Named 2016 IEEE Fellow
Lorrie Faith Cranor, professor of computer science and of engineering and public policy and co-director of the master's program in privacy engineering, has been named a 2016 IEEE fellow for her contributions to privacy engineering.

Two CyLab Faculty Inducted as ACM Fellows
Two CyLab faculty members have just been inducted as Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) fellows, a recognition only given to the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology.

CyLab's Lorrie Cranor Named Chief Technologist of Federal Trade Commission
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has appointed Lorrie Faith Cranor, professor of computer science, of engineering and public policy and a CyLab researcher, as the agency’s Chief Technologist.

CyLab Graduate Students Honored in NYU’s Applied Research Competition
Two CyLab graduate students finished in the top 10 at NYU’s 2015 Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) Applied Research Competition, a contest for graduate student researchers who have published papers in the past 12 months.

CMU's Hacking Team PPP Wins 7th Straight in NYU’s Cyber Security Awareness Week Conference
Carnegie Mellon’s hacking team, the Plaid Parliament of Pwning (PPP), just won its seventh straight capture the flag competition at the annual Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) conference hosted by New York University.

CMU graduate student Melanie Rich-Wittrig receives full scholarship to study information security
“Ever since 'The Matrix' was released, I wanted to be a hacker like Trinity,” said Rich-Wittrig. Competing in college hacking competitions introduced her to CMU's Plaid Parliament of Pwning (PPP), sparking her interest in CMU’s information security programs.

CMU Graduate Student Roger Baker advances to final round of National Cyber Analyst Challenge
A team of graduate students from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), including Roger Baker of the Information Networking Institute (INI), has advanced to the final round of the National Cyber Analyst Challenge (NCAC), sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

CyLab Faculty Lorrie Cranor Offers Advice on Making Stronger, More Secure Passwords
Cranor was recently featured in the Carnegie Mellon podcast “Make It Real,” talking about her work on making passwords stronger and more secure.

CyLab Researchers Present at ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security
A group of CyLab researchers delivered nine different presentations at the 22nd Annual Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Conference on Computer and Communications Security October 12 – 16, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.

Carnegie Mellon Partners with the NSA Day of Cyber Program
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has partnered with the NSA Day of Cyber Program, aimed at boosting the national IQ for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and cyber science education paths.

CyLab & ECE Faculty Partner with New Research Center Focusing on Cybersecurity of Nation’s Power Grid
A new national center devoted to cybersecurity for electric power utilities has been announced at the University of Arkansas. The center is made possible by a $12.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, augmented by $3.3 million in matching funds from the research partners.

CyLab Hosts Annual Partners Conference
Last week, CyLab hosted its 12th annual CyLab Partners Conference, bringing CyLab’s corporate partners to main CMU campus in Pittsburgh, PA. Attendance was limited, exclusively, to representatives of CyLab's corporate partners and Carnegie Mellon University CyLab.

Northrop Grumman Partners with CyLab to Strengthen Mobile Security Applications
Northrop Grumman is leveraging a research project on threat behavior modeling originally developed through its Cybersecurity Research Consortium partner Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) cybersecurity institute, CyLab.

Bosch Group, CMU Announce $2.5M for New Faculty Research Chair in CyLab
The Bosch Group, a German-based global supplier of technology and services, and Carnegie Mellon University announced two investments in the university today, including a $2.5 million gift for an endowed professorship at CyLab.

Three CyLab Faculty Receive Google Research Awards
The prestigious Google Research Award aims to support those on the leading edge of computer science and related engineering research. This award is a one-year monetary award given as an unrestricted gift designed to support world-class university faculty from around the world.

Army War College Visits CyLab for Program on Cybersecurity and Privacy
In August, members of the United States Army War College International Fellows Program visited Carnegie Mellon for a day of talks on cybersecurity and privacy.

Paper Wins Honorable Mention at NSA Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Contest
A paper by HCII and CyLab researchers that examined how to motivate people to adopt online security measures by sharing information about how their friends use such tools received an honorable mention in the NSA's 3rd Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition.

Trusted Electronic Hardware: Top 10 List of What Consumers Trust Most
Society puts a lot of trust in its electronic devices. Whether following a GPS to the beach or paying a bill online, consumers rely on their electronics for everyday tasks.

CyLab Researchers Touch On Issues of Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Online Crime at USENIX
Last week, CyLab's Lorrie Cranor gave an invited talk at the 24th USENIX Security Symposium, titled, “Conducting Usable Security Studies: It’s complicated.” Cranor’s talk overviewed a series of studies that CUPS, has performed over the past decade.

Carnegie Mellon Wins Second Place at DEFCON
Carnegie Mellon’s cybersecurity team, The Plaid Parliament of Pwning, took second place at this year’s DEFCON Capture the Flag competition. The competition, widely considered the “World Series of Hacking,” was held Aug. 6 – 9 in the Bally’s Events Center in Las Vegas.

Can Carnegie Mellon Pull Off First Ever Three-peat at This Year’s ‘World Series of Hacking’?
Carnegie Mellon’s cybersecurity team, The Plaid Parliament of Pwning, will compete for its third title in three years at this year’s DefCon Capture the Flag competition. The competition, widely considered the “World Series of Hacking,” will be held August 6 – 9 at the Paris and Bally’s Hotels in Las Vegas.

SOUPS 2015: Usable Privacy and Security and the Human Factor
The CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS) 11th Annual Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) was hosted by Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada on July 22-24, 2015.

Research Tool AdFisher Monitors Online Ad Ecosystem
Experiments by CyLab researchers showed that significantly fewer women than men were shown online ads promising them help getting jobs paying more than $200,000, raising questions about the fairness of targeting ads online.

David Brumley Named Director of CyLab
Electrical and computer engineering (ECE) professor David Brumley will serve as the third director of Carnegie Mellon’s campus-wide cybersecurity laboratory, CyLab, effective July 1, 2015.

CMU CyLab Again Has Significant Presence at the IEEE S&P 2015
CMU CyLab continued its significant presence at the 36th annual IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy. Held May 18-20, 2015 in San Jose, CA, the highly respected symposium is the premier forum for presenting developments in computer security and electronic privacy.

CMU’s picoCTF 2014 Contest Winners Receive Awards
The picoCTF 2014 contest winners recently traveled to CMU to receive their awards. The high school student winners represent teams from three national high schools, embodying the best of the brightest, defeating over 10,000 participants in the annual hacking contest.

Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab Biometrics Center Wins Gold at the 2015 Edison Awards
Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab Biometrics Center won Gold at the 2015 Edison Awards in the category of Applied Technology.

CMU CyLab's Alessandro Acquisti Named Andrew Carnegie Fellow
CyLab Researcher Alessandro Acquisti was named today to the inaugural class of the Andrew Carnegie Fellows by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Acquisti is one of only 32 recipients of the fellowship and was selected from more than 300 nominees.

CyLab Disinguished Fellow Named to Head New Institute for Politics and Strategy
Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences will open a new Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS), effective July 1. Under the direction of CyLab Distinguished Fellow Kiron K. Skinner, the IPS will serve as a center for research, undergraduate and graduate education, and university-wide initiatives in the fields of political science, international relations, national security policy and grand strategy.

CMU CyLab Biometrics Center Named Finalist in 2015 Edison Awards
Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab Biometrics Lab has been named a finalist in this year’s Edison Awards in the category of Applied Technology.

CyLab's Dr. Lorrie Cranor Speaks at White House Cybersecurity Summit
Dr. Lorrie Cranor, Director of CyLab Usable Privacy and Security (CUPS) Lab will be one of four participants in a panel on "Improving Authentication: Moving Beyond the Password," led by NIST Undersecretary Willie May.

CyLab Technical Director David Brumley Wins Carnegie Science Award
The Carnegie Science Center has announced that David Brumley, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Jeanne VanBriesen, professor of civil and environmental engineering, have been awarded Carnegie Science Awards.

CMU International Privacy Day: FTC Commissioner Joins CyLab Researchers in Articulating Challenges and Solutions
Every year, CMU observes International Data Privacy Day with events showcasing the university’s current research. Privacy Day keynote speakers offer some key insights into the world of privacy and the conception of its overall decline.

New CMU Study Highlights Challenges of Complex Trade-Off in Privacy Decision-Making
In "Privacy and Human Behavior in the Information Age", CyLab's Alessandro Acquisti and a team of fellow CMU researchers have detailed the privacy hurdles people face while navigating in the information age, and offered some perspectives on what should be done about privacy at a policy level.

What Does Privacy Look Like? CyLab's Dr. Lorrie Cranor Explores Public Attitudes, Concerns Using Drawings
What is privacy? People sometimes have a hard time putting it in words. So Lorrie Cranor, a leading authority on Internet privacy at Carnegie Mellon University, has explored the meaning of privacy by asking people to draw pictures.

FTC Commissioner Julie Brill keynotes 2015 CMU Privacy Day, Participates in Panel with CyLab Researchers
CyLab is honored to be one of the sponsors of Carnegie Mellon University’s 2015 Privacy Day to be held on Jan. 28. This year's keynote speaker will be Commissioner Julie Brill of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), who will discuss the challenges to personal privacy posed by the growing list of household appliances, cars and other devices that are now linked to the Internet.

CMU CyLab's Dr. Lorrie Cranor named ACM Fellow
Lorrie Faith Cranor, a professor in the Institute for Software Research and director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Lab, is one of 47 computer scientists named as 2014 Fellows by the Association for Computing Machinery.

2014

CyLab’s David Brumley and Two Student-Run CMU Teams Host PicoCTF, A National High School Cyber Security Contest
Carnegie Mellon University CyLab Technical Director David Brumley and two student-run teams will host the second annual PicoCTF competition, a nationwide computer security contest aimed to help high school students learn the basics of hacking in the context of a story-driven game. Nearly 2,000 teams from 1,000 schools participated in last year’s event. This year’s competition will be held October 27 to November 7 at http://picoctf.com.

NSF Awards CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) to Carnegie Mellon University
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Carnegie Mellon University a $5.6 million grant through the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS), a federal program that aims to strengthen the workforce charged with protecting the nation’s critical information infrastructure. This $5.6 million grant is funded through Carnegie Mellon University CyLab.

CMU CyLab Researchers Wins USENIX Security 2014 Best Student Paper Award; Seven Other CMU Papers Delivered
As with other leading conferences in the vital fields of cyber security and privacy, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) CyLab researchers distinguished themselves at USENIX Security 2014, the 23rd USENIX Security Symposium, held in San Diego, California, 8/20/14-8/22/14.

CMU CyLab PPP and CUPS teams win “Capture the Flag” and “Crack Me If You Can" contests at DEFCON 22
Carnegie Mellon University demonstrated its cyber prowess at DEFCON 22 by winning the “Capture the Flag” and “Crack Me If You Can” contests.

A Decade Into Its Vital Work, A Savory SOUPS, A Report from the 10th Annual Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security
The CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS) 10th Annual Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) was hosted by Facebook at its headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. Director Lorrie Cranor welcomed the attendees, with the record-breaking numbers in both attendance and papers submitted.

CyLab Researchers In 5-Year NSF-Funded Project to Overcome Challenges in Synchronizing Time for Cyber-Physical Systems
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced "a five-year, $4 million award to tackle the challenge of synchronizing time in cyber-physical systems (CPS)--systems that integrate sensing, computation, control and networking into physical objects and infrastructure."

Carnegie Mellon Recognized for Excellence in Cybersecurity Education and Research
Carnegie Mellon University has been issued designations as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education and a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research for academic years 2014 through 2021.

IEEE Security and Privacy Symposium 2014: Another Challenging Year, Another Compelling IEEE SPS, and Another Significant Contribution from CMU CyLab
Another challenging year in cyber security and privacy means another compelling IEEE Security and Privacy Symposium, and another compelling IEEE Security and Privacy Symposium means another significant contribution from Carnegie Mellon University CyLab.

White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer Keynotes CMU Data Privacy Day
Nicole Wong, a veteran of Google and Twitter who last year became a Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the White House, was keynote speaker for Carnegie Mellon University's Data Privacy Day program on Jan. 29.

2013

CyLab's Anthony Rowe and Fellow CMU Researcher Win U.S. DOE Grant for Sensor Networks and Energy Efficiency Research
With a three-year, $1.9 million grant from the Department of Energy, CMU CyLab's Anthony Rowe and fellow researcher Mario Berges are developing sensor networks and an open-source software platform to optimize energy use in buildings, which annually consume 39 percent of total U.S. energy production. The project builds on results from a larger research effort to integrate all sensors on campus, called Sensor Andrew.

CyLab's Alessandro Acquisti and Fellow CMU Co-Author Find Employers Discriminate in Hiring Based on Social Media Profiles
CyLab researcher Alessandro Acquisti, an Associate Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University and co-author Christina Fong, Senior Research Scientist at CMU's Department of Social and Decision Sciences have released AN EXPERIMENT IN HIRING DISCRIMINATION VIA ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKS, another important study on the profound impact of online social media, and its many implications and consequences.

CyLab Researchers Work To Make Commercial Technologies Secure for Defense Department
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University CyLab and the University of Pennsylvania have received a four-year, $3.9 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to improve the security of commercial technologies used by the military.

CyLab Joins Army Research Lab Funded Cyber Security Alliance
The alliance will focus on four areas: detecting adversaries and attacks in the cyber-space; measuring and managing risk; and altering the environment to achieve best results at the least cost. The fourth area, developing models of human behaviors and capabilities that enable understanding and predicting motivations and actions of users, defenders and attackers, will be integrated into the first three areas.

CyLab Researchers To Unveil New Smartphone App for Secure Messaging
"SafeSlinger provides you with the confidence that the person you are communicating with is actually the person they have represented themselves to be," said Michael W. Farb, a research programmer at Carnegie Mellon CyLab. "The most important feature is that SafeSlinger provides secure messaging and file transfer without trusting the phone company or any device other than my own smartphone."

CyLab Seminar Series (2013-2014) Offers Compelling Insights from Leading Researchers
Held on Mondays at noon on the Carnegie Mellon University main campus in Pittsburgh, the CyLab Seminar Series offers an invaluable venue for the highlighting of the latest research in cyber security and privacy and the exchange of bold and innovative ideas on the future of these vital areas of research.

A Distinguished Paper Award for CUPS at Ninth Annual SOUPS 2013
The ninth annual Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2013) was held July 24th through July 26th at Northumbria University (Newcastle, U.K.).

CyLab's Dr. Lorrie Cranor Keynotes 13th Annual Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium
CyLab's Dr. Lorrie Cranor delivered the keynote for the 13th Annual Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (Bloomington, Indiana), Wednesday, July 10, 2013 ... She spoke on "Privacy Notice and Choice in Practice."

CyLab's Alessandro Acquisti & Co-Authors Release 7 Year Study on Evolution of Facebook Privacy and Disclosure
In his latest study, Silent Listeners: The Evolution of Privacy and Disclosure on Facebook, Acquisti, an Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University's John Heinz III College, together with Heinz College co-authors Ralph Gross and Fred Stutzman, focuses on "the tension between privacy choices as expressions of individual subjective preferences, and the role of the environment in shaping those choices."

CyLab Researchers Virgil Gligor and David Brumley Receive Honors
CyLab Director Virgil Gligor, a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, has been selected as one of five researchers to receive the 2013 Technical Achievement Award. CyLab researcher David Brumley, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is one of four Carnegie Mellon University faculty members awarded a prestigious 2013 Sloan Research Fellowship.

CMU Privacy Day Highlights Challenges and Showcases Research
At CMU, Data Privacy Day was recognized with a CyLab-sponsored panel discussion and poster session. Moderated by CyLab researcher Norman Sadeh, the panel included CyLab researchers Lorrie Cranor and Jason Hong, along with computer science faculty Travis Breaux.

2012

CyLab Researchers Make Major Advances in Audit Technology for Privacy Protection
A team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University led by Dr. Anupam Datta, Assistant Research Professor at CyLab and Electrical & Computer Engineering, has developed algorithms that can help protect individual privacy by checking that organizations such as hospitals and banks are disclosing personal information about their customers to third parties in compliance with privacy regulations.

Carnegie Mellon CyLab Awarded DHS Contract for Research into Understanding and Disrupting the Economics of Cybercrime
Based on the realization that focusing on a particular attack, or a specific set of attacks, is unlikely to provide the detailed level of understanding necessary to design meaningful intervention policies against cybercrime, the methodology developed by Christin and his colleagues holistically combines network measurements with behavioral and economic analysis.

Strong Influence of CyLab Privacy Research Highlighted in the Future of Privacy Forum's Annual Privacy Papers
The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), a Washington, DC based think-tank has announced the contents of its third annual “Privacy Papers for Policy Makers” journal, and once again, it underscores the profound impact of CyLab's privacy research. Two CyLab Usable Privacy and Security (CUPS) Lab papers were among the six papers selected for inclusion in this year's publication, and a third CUPS paper was one of four papers selected for "notable mention." (And it's not the first time, in 2010, three CyLab papers were selected.)

CyLab's Alessandro Acquisti and Fellow CMU Researcher Christina Fong Win IAPP Privacy Law Scholars Conference Award
The ongoing research for which Acquisti and Fong have been recognized by IAPP looks into hiring discrimination patterns through the use of social networks by employers. Using a two-pronged approach, Acquisti and Fong have utilized survey and field research to uncover current hiring practices in a Web 2.0 world, which suggest that regulatory frameworks are being outpaced by technological developments.

CyLab Hosts Panel Discussion and Screenings of CODE 2600, A New Feature Length Documentary on Cyber Crime and Security
On Friday, October 12th, 2012, Carnegie Mellon University CyLab will host two screenings of CODE 2600, an award-winning full-length documentary on the societal implications of cyber security and cyber risk; and these evening screenings will be preceded by an afternoon panel in which some CyLab experts will join the filmmaker for a discussion of the film and the important issues it highlights.

9th Annual CyLab Partners Conference Highlights Compelling Research on Vital Issues in Cybersecurity and Privacy
A valued benefit of CyLab's corporate partners program, this annual event allows attendees to immerse themselves in numerous CyLab research projects, which offer compelling insights into vital issues, and it also allows them to establish deeper connections with CyLab faculty and students who are not only striving to build the future of cyber security, but may come to embody it as well.

Three New YouTube & iTunes Videos Showcase CyLab Seminar Series
Fueled by the support of corporations and government agencies looking for both answers to difficult questions and the probing minds that articulate those answers, Carnegie Mellon University CyLab is one of the world's premier academic research programs in the fields of cyber security and privacy. With over fifty faculty members and over one hundred graduate students drawn from several colleges within CMU, CyLab research explores seven main research areas and seven cross-cutting research thrusts.

CyLab’s New Smartphone app, SafeSlinger Empowers Users’ to Strengthen Their Own Security and Privacy
CyLab researchers have developed and released a new smartphone app to provide users with a free and easy to use means for secure messaging and file transfer. With SafeSlinger, a user can establish secure communications directly with trusted individuals and groups in ten seconds, with nothing more than the smartphone in their hand.

CyLab Research, Again, Has Big Impact on IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy
The 33rd annual IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy will be held from May 20th to May 23rd, 2012, in San Francisco, California. This event is one of the respected venues in the field, and once again, Carnegie Mellon University CyLab research will be prominent on the agenda. Seven papers authored or co-authored by CyLab researchers will be presented in the course of the three-day program ...

2011

CyLab Seminar Series: Four New iTunes and You Tube Videos Offer Glimpse into Compelling, Exclusive Content
Every week, during the academic year, the CyLab Seminar Series provides updates on the latest research by our faculty, as well as by visiting scholars from other prestigious institutions. In addition to these academic research presentations, occasional Business Risks Forum events feature security experts from business and government to deliver invaluable insights into the operational environment. Now CyLab is offering a rare glimpse into its Seminar Series with the release of four videos via both the CyLab You Tube Channel and CyLab at iTunesU.

CyLab Deepens & Enriches Online Content with Five New Videos for You Tube & iTunes
The annual CyLab Partners Conference is one of the exclusive benefits of membership in CyLab's private sector consortium. Each year, representatives from CyLab's corporate partners gather to immerse themselves in the latest research with faculty updates and graduate student poster sessions. This year, CyLab is offering a rare glimpse into its Partners Conference proceedings with the release of five videos via both the CyLab YouTube channel and CyLab on iTunesU.

Five Papers Add to Impressive CyLab Presence at ACM CCS 2011
Not only did CyLab Co-Director Virgil Gligor win the ACM SIGSAC's seventh annual Outstanding Innovation Award for Computer Privacy and Security Expertise, and CyLab graduate Bryan Parno win the ACM 2010 Doctoral Dissertation Award for his thesis on Trust Extension as a Mechanism for Secure Code Execution on Commodity Computers, the ACM CCS proceedings included five papers co-authored by CyLab faculty and students.

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Names CyLab's Virgil Gligor Recipient of Outstanding Innovation Award
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Carnegie Mellon CyLab Co-Director Virgil Gligor as the recipient of its seventh annual Outstanding Innovation Award for Computer Privacy and Security Expertise. The ACM has more than 100,000 members in 190 foreign countries. The award, bestowed by ACM’s Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control, recognizes Gligor’s innovations in secure operating systems as well as covert channel analysis, intrusion detection and secure wireless sensor networks.

Parno, McCune and Perrig Author Book on Bootstrapping Trust in Modern Computing
"While the design and validation of secure software is an interesting study in its own right, we focus this book on a survey of existing techniques for bootstrapping trust in commodity computers, specifically by conveying information about a computer’s current execution environment to an interested party. This would, for example, enable a user to verify that her computer is free of malware, or that a remote web server will handle her data responsibly."

8th Annual CyLab Partners Conference Offers Insight and Vision for “Living In A World Under Cyber Attack”
A valued benefit of CyLab's corporate partners program, this annual event allows attendees to immerse themselves in numerous CyLab research projects, some of which have grabbed headlines during the past year; it also allows them to acquaint themselves with the faculty and students who are not only striving to build the future of cyber security, but may come to embody it as well.

President Obama Honors CyLab Researcher Among Outstanding Early-Career Scientists
"This is wonderful recognition for a great researcher and outstanding educator," said Pradeep K. Khosla, the Dowd university professor and Dean of CMU’s College of Engineering, and founder of Carnegie Mellon CyLab, where Brumley conducts research. "His contributions to eliminating annoying software bugs are dynamic and innovative."

USENIX Security 2011: CyLab Researchers Release Study on Illicit Online Drug Trade and Attacks on Pharma Industry
At the 20th USENIX Security Symposium, held in San Francisco, California (August 8-12, 2011), CyLab researchers will release the results of a study focusing on the illicit online trade in prescription drugs and the re-direction attacks on the Pharma industry that drive it.

New Study Co-Authored by CyLab Researcher: Face Recognition Software and Social Media Result in Increased Privacy Risks
“The seamless merging of online and offline data that face recognition and social media make possible raises the issue of what privacy will mean in an augmented reality world,” Acquisti said. Cloud computing will continue to improve performance times at cheaper prices, and online people-tagging and face recognition software will continue to provide more means of identification.

CyLab and INI Boost Information Assurance Education with Ninth IACBP
"The IACBP has gained momentum over the years. The fellows at minority-serving institutions across the nation are supporting and encouraging each other, resulting in more programs available to students, higher quality programs and more students choosing to study information assurance. The INI is now receiving applications for our master's programs from students who graduated from participating IACBP colleges and universities, so we're seeing our efforts come full circle."

SOUPS 2011 Advances Vital Exploration of Usability and Its Role in Strengthening Privacy and Security
The seventh annual Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) was held in Pittsburgh, PA., July 20th thru July 23rd, 2011. SOUPS is an annual event that has evolved out of the work of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security (CUPS) Lab. This year's SOUPS sessions included Security Warnings and Authentication to Privacy on Social Networks and Perceptions of Privacy and Security. It also included a day of tutorials and workshops, such as Usable Security Indicator Conventions and Experiment Design and Quantitative Methods for Usable Security Research.

Symantec Graduate Fellowship Funds Graduate Student's CyLab Research
“This is a wonderful honor," Jang said, "as I continue to work on tools and new approaches to make online commerce more secure."

CyLab Continues to Lead on Trustworthy Computing By Hosting TIW and Trust 2011
Continuing its leadership role in the vital research area of Trustworthy Computing, CyLab not only hosted a third consecutive Trusted Infrastructure Workshop (TIW); it also hosted TRUST 2011, the Fourth International Conference on Trust and Trustworthy Computing.

Select CyLab Seminars Available via iTunes and YouTube
To promote research and advance progress in the vital fields of cyber security and privacy, CyLab Online makes select Seminars and excerpts from other CyLab events available for free to the general public via iTunes and YouTube.

CyLab, CERIAS and CSAIL join Northrop Grumman for Cybersecurity Research Consortium Update
"Cybersecurity is vital to economic prosperity, personal privacy and national security; and academic research is vital to the advancement of cybersecurity," said Richard Power, Distinguished Fellow and Director of Strategic Communications for Carnegie Mellon CyLab. "The Northrop Grumman Cybersecurity Research Consortium provides us with a new research model, emphasizing technology transition. This process of transitioning academic innovation to industry delivers social value, for example creating jobs, spurring further innovation and of course, enhancing cybersecurity."

ICANN selects Carnegie Mellon CyLab to Conduct Study of gTLD Whois Misuse
To accomplish this, the CMU team will survey gTLD domain Registrants about Whois misuse incidents they have experienced and use experiments to measure how well anti-harvesting measures reduce Whois misuse. Registries, Registrars, other cybercrime researchers, and law enforcement organizations will also be surveyed about reported cases of misuse.

CyLab Researchers Analyze Trends in McAfee Mobility and Security Study
Written by Richard Power, CyLab Distinguished Fellow, the report features the commentary of 7 CyLab researchers...more than 1500 respondents from 14 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, U.K., and U.S. participated in the survey.

CyLab researcher Bryan Parno wins ACM 2010 Doctoral Dissertation Award
ACM applauded Parno for his work toward “resolving the tension between adequate security protections and the features and performance that users expect in a digitized world.”

CyLab Research Presentations Impact CHI 2011
As at numerous other conferences, year in and year out, CyLab research presentations made a significant impact on the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2011 recently held in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Report on Child ID Theft Attempts to Raise Awareness on Vital Issue
Wouldn’t you want to know if your eight-year-old was in foreclosure on a home in another state? Wouldn’t you want to know if your three-year-old was in collection for a huge utility bill across town? Wouldn't you rather find out now than on when he or she is applying for student loans on the eve of going away to college?

Spring 2011 CyLab Silicon Valley Briefing Focuses on Smart Grid, Healthcare and Web Platforms
Attendees consist of a small group of RSVP invitation only guests (no more than 20 or 30), including C-level executives and leading technologists from Bay Area and Silicon Valley companies, as well as select members of the press, board members from security-related professional associations and representatives of Federal law enforcement. The program is framed around presentations from CyLab researchers, highlighting their work in vital areas of cyber security and privacy, and allows for considerable give and take with the highly engaged attendees.

CyLab Study for Adobe Indicates Browser Cookie Respawning May be Waning
The study, performed by Aleecia M. McDonald and Lorrie Faith Cranor with assistance provided by the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), was designed to determine the prevalence of the use of Flash Player local storage to respawn browser cookies. The study examined 600 websites based on Quantcast’s ranked list of the million most popular websites visited by United States Internet users—the 100 most popular sites and 500 randomly selected sites.

Solicitation for Faculty Fellowship in Information Assurance
As a two-year workshop, the fellowship program gives a two-week session during the first year that presents IA theory and practice, and then gives a three-day follow-up session during the second year, where fellows present their initial outcomes and results to their peers.

CyLab and Heinz College Celebrate International Data Privacy Day
With the world going digital from laptops to smartphones, there are increasing concerns about data privacy. What happens to the sensitive information we provide online? And what can we do to protect it? Practical answers to these real-world questions are vital for government, business, the individual and society as a whole. That's why Carnegie Mellon CyLab's main research thrusts include Privacy Protection and Usable Privacy and Security.

CyLab Researchers Release KeySlinger, Security App for iPhone and Android
"We anticipate that KeySlinger could become a general mechanism for secure local exchange of information, such as e-mail signature keys, SMS encryption and authentication keys, trustworthy Facebook account information, etc.," says Adrian Perrig, CyLab Technical Director, and one of Keyslinger's developers. "KeySlinger could enable truly trustworthy and secure person-to-person communication, without requiring expert security knowledge."

2010

CyLab to Host TRUST 2011; Call for Papers Issued
CyLab will be hosting TRUST 2011, Fourth International Conference on Trust and Trustworthy Computing, at its main campus in Pittsburgh, PA., from June 22 to June 24.

Seventh Annual CyLab Partners Conference Brings Attendees Together with the Future
A valued benefit of CyLab's corporate partners program, this annual event allows attendees to immerse themselves in numerous CyLab research projects, many of which have grabbed headlines during the past year; it also allows them to acquaint themselves with the students who are not only striving to build future of cyber security, but may come to embody it as well.

CyLab Research Dominates Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) Journal of “Privacy Papers for Policy”
The Future of Privacy Forum's "Privacy Papers for Policy Makers" frames the debate and informs perspectives among policy makers in Congress, the FCC, the FTC, as well as state governments and other nations throughout the world. Three of the six papers chosen for this edition were written by Carnegie Mellon CyLab Usable Privacy and Security (CUPS) researchers.

CyLab Researchers on Carnegie Mellon Team Leading NSF Project for Smart, Secure Next-Generation Internet
“Today’s Internet is vital to the functioning of our economy and society, yet it is under enormous pressure as security attacks become more sophisticated and as new uses continue to multiply,” said Peter Steenkiste, professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon. “Obviously, a lot of wisdom is embedded in the current Internet and we’ll retain that. But parts of it are clearly broken and can’t be fixed with incremental steps.”

Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab and INI Offer Successful Information Assurance Capacity Building Program
“Through the Information Assurance Capacity Building Program (IACBP), Carnegie Mellon CyLab and the INI are answering the nation’s call for more educational programs in information assurance, while inspiring minority-serving colleges and universities and helping faculty do the same,” said Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of the INI and director of education, training and outreach at Carnegie Mellon CyLab.

NSF Awards Grant for Privacy Study to CyLab Researchers Acquisti, Cranor and Sadeh
"Nudging Users Toward Privacy" is an ambitious, multi-disciplinary effort, that is focused on three exemplary application domains, and builds on the complementary skills and expertise of these three CyLab researchers, extending their research in a novel direction.

CyLab Contributes Insight & Support to SACMAT 2010
CyLab joined with Mobility, Data Mining and Privacy (MODAP) and University of Pittsburgh Laboratory for Education and Research on Security Assured Information Systems (LERSAIS) to provide invaluable support for the ACM Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control (SIGSAC) sponsored event.

CyLab Leads Trustworthy Infrastructure Workshop (TIW) 2010
“TIW is designed to introduce participants to wide range of research and technologies encompassing the entire information technology space in a one week immersive setting. This includes exploration of security for the hardware and software stacks of common computing systems as well as the interaction of those systems in a distributed environment." -- Ron Perez, AMD

CyLab Research has Powerful Impact on 2010 IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy
Thirty-one papers were presented at the thirty-first annual IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, held in Oakland, California (5/16/10-5/19/10); of those thirty-one papers, six were authored by CyLab researchers, offering powerful testimony to the relevancy of CyLab's research and its impact on current and future trends in security and privacy in cyberspace.

CyLab's Bruno Sinopoli Receives Career Award From NSF for Cyber-Physical Systems Research
"Making the nation's infrastructure more efficient and secure is critical to maintaining a sound economy and a safe environment for consumers, and Sinopoli's research is key to advancing the design and analysis of systems that give us light, transportation and support our important commercial and industrial sectors."

CyLab's Anupam Datta Named to SHARPS Multi-University Research Effort into Health IT Security & Privacy
The SHARPS teams will focus on three health information environments – electronic health records (EHR), health information exchange (HIE), and telemedicine (TEL) – that are becoming increasingly popular in spite of security concerns with their use.

Carnegie Mellon’s Pradeep K. Khosla Elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
"I am extremely honored with this award, and I will continue to support the outstanding work of our college where we continue to educate engineers who make a difference in the future," said Khosla.

Carnegie Mellon CyLab’s David Brumley Receives Prestigious Early Career Award from National Science Foundation
David Brumley received a five-year, $521,494 award to develop a system that will track and eliminate annoying software bugs.

CyLab Researchers Win ACM WiSec Best Paper Award for Mobile User Location-specific Encryption (MULE)
"Lost/stolen laptops are a major cause of leaked data ... in this paper, we examine the extreme case of no user effort and little IT administration to determine what level of security is possible."

CyLab Experts Discuss "Hacking Comes of Age: Climategate, Cyber-Espionage and iWar," A University Lecture Series Event
A testimonial on just how uniquely situated Carnegie Mellon University really is, the event underscored the importance of CyLab's role within the University, cultivating, both the human factor and the technological edge.

CyLab Experts Host Industry And Security-Related Briefing In Silicon Valley
"I am excited by this workshop that will increase awareness of the CyLab security and mobility activities, and enhance our community contributions at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley,” said Martin Griss.

CyLab's Cranor Testifies on Privacy Issues to Joint Hearing of Two Congressional Subcommittee
...Internet users are concerned about their location privacy, but currently available location-sharing services do not do a good job informing them about how their location information will be used or provide users with expressive location privacy controls and privacy-protective default settings.

INI Receives Fellowships and Internships From Lockheed Martin
"It is exciting and gratifying to see an industry leader recognize the INI as being in the forefront of information security education by supporting the unique talents of our students.”

CUPS wins Google Focused Research Award
Dr. Lorrie Cranor, CUPS Director, has been named one of the recipients of a Google Focused Research Award.

Verizon Foundation Awards Grant for Cyberawareness Outreach
"This dynamic cyberawareness outreach program will design, create and deliver targeted educational workshops and materials that raise cyberawareness and promote safe and responsible computing to teachers, children, and parents in the St. Bede community," said Dena Haritos Tsamitis.

2009

Solicitation for Faculty Fellowship in Information Assurance
"As a two-year workshop, the fellowship program gives a two-week session during the first year that presents IA theory and practice, and then gives a three-day follow-up session during the second year where fellows present their initial outcomes and results to their peers."

CERT Announces Security Quality Requirements Engineering Tool Now Available
"Developed by a team of Carnegie Mellon Master‘s of Software Engineering students, the tool supports the nine step SQUARE process."

CyLab, CERIAS and CSAIL Join Northrop Grumman in Cybersecurity Consortium
“In this consortium, researchers from Carnegie Mellon CyLab will work side-by-side with Northrop Grumman researchers to address critical real-world challenges by transitioning and further developing CyLab technologies,” said CyLab Technical Director Adrian Perrig.

NSF Awards CyLab’s Norman Sadeh and Columbia’s Steven Bellovin $1.2M to Research for New Family of User-Controllable Policy Learning Technologies
Yet, studies have repeatedly shown that both lay and expert users are not good at configuring policies, rendering the human element an important, yet often overlooked source of vulnerability.

New Web-Based Security Test Suite from CyLab’s Collin Jackson, with Google & UC Berkeley
"Browserscope was created to foster innovation by vendors by making it easy to compare functionality across browsers. It's also a great resource for web developers who want to know which browsers can provide the functionality they need."

Sixth Annual CyLab Corporate Partners Conference Highlights Vital Research and Urgent Issues
"Ex-White House aide Melissa Hathaway, who recently joined the Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University as a senior adviser to its cybersecurity initiatives, will discuss cybersecurity and privacy issues."

CyLab Technical Director Adrian Perrig Wins Prestigious “Security 7” Award From Information Security Magazine
"Perrig, Technical Director of Carnegie Mellon CyLab, is also a professor in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy, and the School of Computer Science."

CyLab Founder Pradeep K. Khosla To Receive Prestigious Academic Excellence Award at 2009 Pan IIT Conference
"Khosla is a University Professor, the highest distinction faculty can achieve at Carnegie Mellon. He is also dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering, and and the Philip and Marsha Dowd Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering."

Google Acquires reCAPTCHA, Spin-Off Based on CyLab Research
"Computers find it hard to recognise these words because the ink and paper have degraded over time, but by typing them in as a CAPTCHA, crowds teach computers to read the scanned text. In this way, reCAPTCHA's unique technology improves the process that converts scanned images into plain text, known as Optical Character Recognition (OCR)."

CUPS Director Lorrie Cranor Receives NSF Funding For Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Privacy and Security
"Cranor said the CUPS doctoral training program is designed to give students both classroom learning as well as collaborative research training with teams of mentors from different disciplines, internships and summer seminars."

CyLab MRC’s Narasimhan Grabs More Headlines with Civic-Minded iPhone App
“Over the next twenty, thirty, forty years, when the Carnegie Mellon leadership looks back at this campus, and at 2008 … Sometimes, when you look back at a decision, you say, ‘What was I thinking when I did this?’ But we this decision people are going to look back, and say, ‘Was the person a genius who did this?’ That is the kind of impact this campus is going to create.”

Report from An Ancient Future: Auspicious Day of Celebration for the 7th Graduating Class of Carnegie Mellon’s Silicon Valley Campus
“Over the next twenty, thirty, forty years, when the Carnegie Mellon leadership looks back at this campus, and at 2008 … Sometimes, when you look back at a decision, you say, ‘What was I thinking when I did this?’ But we this decision people are going to look back, and say, ‘Was the person a genius who did this?’ That is the kind of impact this campus is going to create.”

CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Researchers Release Study on SSL Warning Effectiveness
"After studying the behavior of more than 400 Internet users, Carnegie Mellon University computer researchers concluded that because users encounter so many pop-up warnings in benign situations, they have become immune to the messages … People get pop-ups in their browsers and they say something about security and they don't know what they are, so they swat them away," said Lorrie Cranor, associate professor of computer science and engineering at Carnegie Mellon. "Nothing bad happened before and they think nothing bad will happen again."

“Spotlight On: Malicious Insiders with Ties to the Internet Underground Community”
"Further, nearly all attacks involved the use of at least one form of compromised account, such as an authorized third-party account or a backdoor account created specifically for the execution of the insider’s attack plans."

CyLab and INI Host Information Assurance Capacity Building Program to Boost Nation’s Cyber Security
"This comprehensive program is designed to foster outstanding programs that support the nation's cybersecurity needs and educate future information security leaders and faculty," said Dena Haritos Tsamitis, INI director and director of education, training and outreach for Carnegie Mellon CyLab."

CyLab Researcher’s Study Shows Social Security Numbers Can Be Predicted from Publicly Available Information
“Given the inherent vulnerability of Social Security numbers, it is time to stop using them for verifying identities and redirect our efforts toward implementing secure, privacy-preserving authentication methods.”

CyLab Researchers Win “Best Paper” Award at Prestigious MobiSys 2009
The five of the paper’s ten authors, including Adrian Perrig, CyLab Technical Director, graduate student Ahren Studer, and Jonathan McCune, also of CyLab, are Carnegie Mellon researchers.

CyLab MRC Director Martin Griss Named to Lead Silicon Valley Campus
"It is a great honor for me to be named to this important post as the demand for faster, leaner and more mobile information technology and systems continues to grow," said Griss, currently associate dean of research at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley and co-director of the Carnegie Mellon CyLab Mobility Research Center."

CyLab’s Greg Ganger wins HP Innovation Research Award
"HP has named Greg Ganger, Carnegie Mellon CyLab researcher and Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and School of Computer Science, as one of the recipients of its second annual Innovation Research Awards for the Intelligent Infrastructure project titled “Toward Scalable Self-Storage.”

Through CyLab, US Government Designates Carnegie Mellon as Center for Academic Excellence in Research
"Through the university-wide efforts of its cybersecurity education and research center, Carnegie Mellon CyLab, Carnegie Mellon University has been re-designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and designated for the first time as a Center for Academic Excellence in Research."

Instinctive Computing Workshop to Explore Transformational Developments
"Instinctive computing is a computational simulation of biological and cognitive instincts. Instincts profoundly influence how we see, feel, appear, think, and act."

CyLab Hosts Trusted Infrastructure Workshop, with Co-Sponsors including Giants of Industry and Government
"When IT infrastructure technologies fail to keep pace with emerging threats, we can no longer trust them to sustain the applications we depend on in both business and society at large."

Gary McGraw Interviews Virgil Gligor on Software Security and Other Vital Issues
"In this brief, but far-ranging interview McGraw and Gligor touch on a broad range of issues including the need for what Gligor and CyLab term “usable security” and the fate of virus scanners, to the state of electronic voting, the future of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and even how Gligor’s experience of growing up in the Romania of the communist dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu helped inspire his contribution to the field of cyber security."

DoD Awards $1.5 Million Grant for CyLab Iris Recognition Research
"The CyLab Biometrics Lab, led by Marios Savvides, continues to make a significant contribution to this vital field; and in particular to the development of iris recognition systems."

CyLab Roundtable of Cyber Security Journalists Explore Vital Issues and Trends
"Richard Power, CyLab Distinguished Fellow, has conducted a virtual roundtable with four respected journalists who cover the cyber security beat."

CyLab's Savvides Invited to Speak at Biometrics Task Force Identity Management Conference
"The conference is co-sponsored by the Department of Defense and the U.S Army Biometrics Task Force."

Spotlight On Programming Techniques Used as an Insider Attack Tool
"CERT’s Insider Threat Team has released its Spotlight On Programming Techniques Used as an Insider Attack Tool."

New INI Track Offers Cyber Forensics
"CyLab is a dynamic matrix that includes not only its own internal programs, e.g., CyLab Biometrics, CUPS, CyLab Mobility Research Center , etc."

CyLab Mobility Research Center’s YINZCAM Gives Sports Fans Unprecedented Access to Key Plays
"Two members of Carnegie Mellon University engineering faculty, CyLab’s Priya Narasimhan and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department’s (ECE) Rajeev Gandhi, together with their students, have created a new, unique large-scale mobile wireless video service designed to enhance sports fans' experience at games."

At Mobile Health Workshop, Leaders from Healthcare, Technology and Academia Develop “Shovel-Ready” Initiatives
"The CyLab Mobility Research Center’s Mobile Health Workshop brought together over forty leaders in the health care, information technology (IT) and education sectors to explore challenges and opportunities in this vital intersection where science, medicine, and IT meet one of the most poignant dimensions of the human condition head-on."

CyLab Researcher Selected To Join New Center For Academic Studies In Identity Sciences
"CASIS will provide the intelligence community with a pool of talented researchers in biometrics and provide a wide variety of innovative solutions to critical identity security issues. The new center also is charged with boosting the number of African American Ph.D. and master's students working in the area of biometrics."

2008

CyLab’s Perspectives System Helps Defend Against MD5 Collision Attack
"At the 25th Annual Chaos Communications Congress, a team of 7 researchers from the United States, Switzerland and the Netherlands, revealed a significant vulnerability in the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and demonstrated a serious exploit based on it. What this means is that your well-guarded systems are wide open to a new form of attack."

CyLab Researchers Tackle the Gridiron’s Greatest Curse
"American football is a challenging sport. Its gladiators must not only overpower each other, they must overcome extreme weather, hostile crowds, painful injuries, and numerous other adversities."

Information Security Magazine Highlights CyLab’s Lead in Vital Research
"Mimoso describes CyLab as “a think tank addressing tomorrow's information security concerns, a brainy conglomerate set against the brawny landscape that is the city of Pittsburgh.”

CyLab's Cai Develops System To Convert Security Tools Into Health-Monitoring Equipment
"CyLab Scientist Yang Cai is working with a team of researchers to develop health-monitoring systems from security tools. “We have developed a prototype that can convert the data from a 3D microwave imaging system used for airport security to biometrics such as body mass and gait for early health diagnoses.”

CyLab Dispatch -- A Message from Mauritius, Computer Security Day, 2008
"In observance of Computer Security Day (CSD) 2008, it was my pleasure to keynote both days of a regional cyber security hosted by the National Computer Security Board (NSB) of Mauritius, at the invitation of my friend and colleague, Sharvind Appiah of the National Computer Board and CERT-MU."

CyLab Survey Reveals Gap in Board Governance of Cyber Security
"To underscore the significance of governance in the effort to implement effective cyber security, Carnegie Mellon CyLab has a conducted a survey of corporate board directors. It reveals a gap in board and senior executive oversight over the managing of cyber risks."

CyLab's Cranor Publishes in Scientific American --"How to Foil Phishing Scams"
"This article describes the phishing problem and reports on the work of several CyLab faculty and students to develop anti-phishing tools as part of CyLab's Supporting Trust Decisions Project."

Information Assurance Capacity Building Program Solicitation for Participants
"Carnegie Mellon CyLab and the Information Networking Institute have received funding from the National Science Foundation for two offerings."

CyLab Dispatch from the Association of Former Intelligence Officers Symposium
"We address the scope of related risks and threats, documenting the issues with real-world examples, as well as the best strategy to mitigate such risks and threats. The AFIO articulates worthy principles and pursues vital objectives."

MySecureCyberspace Animation Educates and Entertains Future Voters
"The Carnegie Cadets want you to make an informed decision this year during the presidential election."

"Harnessing Fundamental Research to Secure Society, Government and Industry,” A Report from CyLab's 2008 Annual Conference
"The three day conference provided this powerful group of companies with the opportunity to be briefed on the latest CyLab research."

CyLab Research on the Cost of Reading Privacy Policies Makes Waves
"Carnegie Mellon CyLab researchers Lorrie Cranor and Aleecia M. McDonald are creating quite a disturbance in the force with their paper on “Cost of Reading Privacy Policies.”

CyLab and the INI Receive NSF Award for Information Assurance Capacity Building Program
"The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $300,000 to Carnegie Mellon CyLab and Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute (INI) for two offerings of the Information Assurance Capacity Building Program (IACBP)."

MIT Technology Review Highlights CyLab's Work on S2R2
"CyLab researchers are doing important work on Biometrics, and in particular on "Simultaneous super-resolution (S2R2) for face recognition,"and it is receiving increasingly broad attention in both the mainstream and technical media."

CyLab Dispatch from IBM's Why Green is Good
"IBM's Why Green is Good, held at the Carnegie Science Center, and co-sponsored by the Pittsburgh Technology Council, could not have been more timely. Grim news from the Gulf Coast served as a poignant backdrop: "Galveston stopped allowing residents to enter the city ravaged by Hurricane Ike, now layered in mud and debris without power, water or sewers."

CyLab Researchers Developing New Technology to Detect Enemies
"Research conducted by CyLab faculty member Marios Savvides and graduate students was recently highlighted by a Pittsburgh television news station."

Taiwanese Delegation Visits CyLab and iCAST
"CyLab was visited by a Taiwanese delegation led by Jin-Fu Chang, minister of science and technology on August 20. The delegation toured labs and learned more about the government-sponsored International Collaboration for Advancing Security Technology (iCAST-Carnegie Mellon)."

CyLab Researchers Develop New Way to Thwart Man-in-the-Middle Attacks
"CyLab faculty members Adrian Perrig and Dave Anderson, with computer science students Ethan Jackson and Dan Wendlandt, have created a new approach to help users securely identify internet servers in order to avoid “man-in-the-middle” (MitM) attacks."

CyLab Faculty Collaborative Receives NSF CyberTrust Grant
"The project will respond to challenges faced by modern organizations, such as businesses, non-profits, government agencies and universities, who collect, use and manage personal information."

CERT’s 20th Anniversary Celebration: "CyberSecurity in the Three Times"
"Recently, it was my honor to participate in a special seminar series celebrating CERT’s 20th Anniversary. It is, indeed, an important milestone."

CyLab Mobility Research Center Holds Summit with Silicon Valley Leaders to Help Design the Future
"The Summit was organized to introduce the center and its faculty, discuss the most effective way to engage with industrial partners in the exciting and diverse mobility ecosystem, and begin the process of building a collaborative community."

CyLab Researcher Highlights Privacy Issues in Facebook Widgets & Supermarket Discount Cards
"In the Washington Post story, Acquisti, a member of the Carnegie Mellon Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory, weighed in on privacy issues related to certain mini-programs that enable Facebook users to personalize their pages."

Do Notification Laws Impact Identity Theft? Carnegie Mellon Researcher Says “There Doesn’t Seem to Be Any Evidence …”
"Sasha Romanosky is a Carnegie Mellon University PhD student conducting research into the Economics of Information Security for the Heinz College and CyLab. Sasha’s research is highlighted in a recent IDG news service story entitled “Notification Laws Not Lowering ID Theft,” picked up by CSO Magazine and several other prominent publications."

CyLab Dispatch: On the Road at FBI InfraGard in Arkansas
"FBI InfraGard chapters have been organized throughout the U.S. InfraGard is a vital effort to coordinate between security professionals in the public and private sectors. InfraGard chapters establish relationships of trust, share information and coordinate response capabilities."

CERT Paints “Big Picture” of Insider IT Sabotage of Critical Infrastructure
"Carnegie Mellon CERT’s ongoing research on the Insider Threat continues to deepen and enrich our understanding of the perennial danger from disgruntled and dishonest personnel and how best to mitigate it."

CyLab Student Impacts Future of E-Voting in Japan
"Japan has tried using e-voting in recent local elections but security failures have cast doubts on its viability. Hiroki Hisamitsu, a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon's MSIT-IS program in Kobe, performed a comprehensive study of the e-voting machines and operational processes during real elections in Japan."

CyLab on the Road at Alltech’s CIO Summit
"Alltech Biotechnology recently held its 24th International Animal Health andRichard Power Nutrition Symposium."

CyLab Researchers Win Awards on Vital Research from Intel and Microsoft
"Four CyLab faculty members have recently won awards from technology giants, Intel and Microsoft, to conduct vital research. The news is further evidence how CyLab is harnessing the future to secure the present."

CyLab Welcomes Dr. Virgil Gligor
"Dr. Gligor was a consultant to the Burroughs (1977-1981) and IBM (1984-1999) Corporations, and is currently serving on Microsoft's Trusted Computing Academic Advisory Board."

New Members of CyLab
"To kick 2008 off with a roar and whoosh, CyLab brought on some more individuals of formidable talent and experience in the areas of both research and corporate relations, as well as strengthened its administrative team."