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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.


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.