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How CyLab Researchers are Protecting Consumers This Shopping Season: Combating DDoS Attacks
November & December are the busiest months for shopping of the year. Retailers are expecting over $600B in sales this year, with over half of those revenues coming in online. This online activity offers opportunities to attackers who can launch malicious DDoS attacks.

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.


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

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.