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Protecting wearable devices, brainware devices and the cloud

Wednesday, 29 November 2017


Edith Cowan University’s Security Research Institute (ECUSRI) will host the 2017 SRI Security Congress at the University’s Joondalup Campus on 5 and 6 December, bringing together the top academic minds and industry heavyweights in the security field from around the world.

The ECU Security Research Institute is respected globally for its expertise in digital forensics, cyber security, network and wireless security, information security and risk management in research, government and corporate environments.

A host of cutting-edge research papers will be presented. They include:

Tuesday 5 December

Security vulnerability in wearable devices
As wearable devices such as Fitbits become common in the Internet of Things, debates about ownership and privacy expectations need to be considered. In this presentation, researchers discuss serious weaknesses found in four wearable devices that represent 44 per cent of the current market.

Protecting IP surveillance cameras from hacking
Hacking of IP surveillance camera systems came to public attention in 2016 when they were exploited for a massive DDoS attack that affected one-third of all US internet services. This research shows vulnerabilities and the urgent need for distributing alerts and best-practice guidelines.

Wednesday 6 December

Neuro-security for brainware devices
As developers move towards simple and usable devices that provide control over games and services, consideration of their security is imperative. Researchers discuss their discovery of a significant vulnerability: the ability to capture and inject communications packets so that a person’s intention could be hijacked.

A review of data breaches and losses that occurred from laptops that were stolen or otherwise misplaced in 2015-2016
Researchers provide an analysis of information that can be found on stolen or misplaced laptops. Of 33 laptops tested, only one used encryption for confidential information stored on the internal storage device, potentially exposing the data of over 6 million people. This highlights the risk of data breach once a third party has physical access to a device.

Keynote presentations include:

Dr Katrin Franke
Professor of Computer Science and head of the Digital Forensics group at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Title: Computational Forensics: Trends and Challenges in Applying Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to Digital Forensics

Dr Franke has over 20 years of experience in basic and applied research for financial services and law enforcement agencies in Europe, North America and Asia. She was instrumental in setting up a partnership with Norwegian police organisations as part of the Centre for Cyber and Information Security at the NTNU Department of Information Security and Communication Technology.

Ms Kate Lundy
Director of the Australian Cyber Security Research Institute
Title: Navigating the Australian cyber security ecosystem

Ms Lundy is a former Australian Senator who held numerous portfolios during the 2007-2013 Labor Government, including Minister Assisting for Industry and Innovation and Minister Assisting on the Digital Economy. After nearly 20 years of service, she retired from the Senate and was appointed to the NRMA Board as a director. In 2016, she was appointed a director of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and is also a director of the Australian Sports Technology Network and Technology Innovation Partners Pty Ltd, a private company providing consulting services to organisations seeking to innovate with technology solutions in the latter stages of development or early stages of commercialisation. She actively supported the successful bid for the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre by the Australian Cyber Security Research Institute.

Event information:
Date: 5 to 6 December
Time: From 8:30am daily
Venue: Edith Cowan University, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup 6027

Visit the Security Congress website to view the program and see the full list of speakers.

Media Contact: Rob Payne, Communications Coordinator
(08) 6304 2381 / 0416 669 504


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