2022

  • (April 20, 2022) My first PhD Student, Ahmed Alhazmi, defended his dissertation before Dr. Kepuska, Dr. Parenteua, Dr. Subasi and myself. 

  • (April 11, 2020) I was awarded the Student Government Association Professor of the Year Award at our 2022 Honors Convocation. My student, Tiffanie Petersen earned Outstanding Undergraduate Computer Scientist award.

  • (April 8, 2022) My students ran the Remote Controlled CTF this past weekend at BSides Oklahoma. The event implemented a cybersecurity competition entirely on remote controlled cars. We will publish the source code to Github shortly. 

  • (April 4, 2022) My students ran the very successful Space Heroes CTF this past weekend. 2,077 competitors participated in the event. We published the source code for the challenges to Github.

  • (March 2022) I'm excited that Ahmed Alhazmi and I had a paper accepted at IEEE COMPSAC 2022.

  • (March  2022)  I'm excited to have another paper accepted at Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE) that discuses our Reverse Engineering Course in our Florida Tech Cyber Operations concentration.

  • (February 21, 2022) Brevard Business News published a story about our team leading the US Cyber Games. 

  • (February 2022) Florida Tech published a story about our work bringing cybersecurity education to high school students. 

2021

  • (December 14, 2021) The Honorable Mr. Posey recognized our cyber operations concentration and victory in the National Cyber League on the congressional record. 

  • (August 25, 2021) I was quoted in an article by Capital.com on the upcoming WhiteHouse Cybersecurity Summit. 

  • (July 1, 2021) Our Florida Tech IoT S&P Lab is excited to announce we were awarded a grant for $746,929.00 to identify "Educational Approaches and Curriculum to Engage and Educate a More Diverse Cybersecurity Workforce" for the Office of Naval Research. I am particularly excited to be able to fully sponsor my PhD Student, Zhenee Brown as we pursue this important work. 

  • (June 15, 2021) I am excited four of our students competed in the US Cyber Challenge Cyber Quest eastern regionals and earned a spot in the top 3 teams, allowing them to advance to the finals.

  • (May 2021) Excited that five students in our FITSec Cybersecurity qualified at the US Cyber Challenge Cyber Quest to attend the Eastern Regionals Camp.

  • (April 24th, 2021) Our Florida Tech IoT S&P Lab just reported two new vulnerabilities (CVE-2021-31793CVE-2020-28713) in the Night OWL Doorbell Camera sold at Walmart. 

  • (March 9th, 2021) I was recently interviewed on devicesecurity.io about the state of IoT Security. 

  • (February 10th, 2021) I was interviewed on Fox35 about the Water Treatment Plant Hack in Oldsmar, FL. Link to first and second interview.

  • (February 4th, 2021) Our recent vulnerability disclosures in security cameras and wireless doorbells were reported on by the Washington Post and Florida Today. Read the technical details on our blog post at ReFirm Labs.

  • (January 6th, 2021) I talked on the ITSP podcast about the development of our cybersecurity lab and the direction of our cyber operations concentration at Florida Tech.

  • (January 1st, 2021)  I've been selected to serve on the CSET '21 USENIX program committee

2020

  • (August 1st, 2020) The Office of Naval Research awarded funding for a Florida Tech and the IoT Security and Privacy Lab for Multidisciplinary Approach to Internet-of-Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Research for $249,946

  • (April 20th, 2020) My students in our FITSec Cyber Security Club placed 8th overall (out of 936) at the National Cyber League tournament.

  • (April 6th, 2020) My student, Josh Connolly, just placed 3rd in his division (out of 1,536) at the National Cyber League tournament. 

  • (March 31st, 2020) My student, Blake Janes, was just paid a bug bounty of $3,133.70 by Google for disclosing the bug identified in our work.

  • (March 4th, 2020) My student, Blake Janes, had our paper: "Never Ending Story: Authentication and Access Control Design Flaws in Shared IoT Devices" accepted for publication at the IEEE SafeThings Workshop. 

  • (March 1st, 2020) My students in our FITSec Cybersecurity club took 2nd Place (out of 25 teams) at the B-Sides Tampa Capture the Flag Competition. 

  • (February 1st, 2020) I've been asked to serve on the SCYTHE Advisory Council to aid SCYTHE as they release an innovative new product in threat emulation. 

  • (January 2020)  I've been selected to serve on the CSET '20 USENIX program committee. 

2019

  • (November 1, 2019) Students in our FITSec Cyber Security Club participated in the HiveStorm competition. 

  • (October 26, 2019) Students in our FITSec Cyber Security Club competed in the Florida Cyber Capture the Flag event.

  • (August 15, 2019) I joined the team at Florida Tech where I will serve as the Graduate Program Chair for our Information Assurance And Cybersecurity program and an assistant professor in the Computer Engineering and Sciences Department. 

  • (May 2, 2019) NC State University published a press release about our smart-home sensor blinding work.