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Five Stony Brook Researchers Receive NSF Cybersecurity Grants

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Clockwise from upper left: Donald Porter, Nick Nikiforakis, Long Lu, Phillipa Gill

Five Stony Brook researchers have received research grants through the National Science Foundation Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program, the NSF announced October 8 in recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Overall, the Foundation awarded $74.5 million in grants to fund new projects aimed at enhancing security practices and technologies, bolstering education and training in cybersecurity, and establishing a science of cybersecurity. Stony Brook University is among the largest recipients of awards from the SaTC program this year.

Stony Brook recipients are:

  • Donald Porter and Radu Sion, who have received a $499,999 grant to investigate and implement plausibly deniable encryption using the underlying electrical properties of flash memory.
  • Nick Nikiforakis and Long Lu, who have received $499,204 to conduct a systematic study of techniques and technologies that are used for tracking web users, starting with new variations of traditional tracking methods and proceeding to advanced and stealthy users and device fingerprinting.
  • Phillipa Gill, recipient of $76,778 towards building a science of censorship resistance through modeling censorship activities ranging from blocked search results to interference with international network traffic.
  • Long Lu, who receives a $399,595 grant funding his MALDIVES project, aimed at developing a new generation of technologies to provide deeper insights into how malware distribution systems are deployed, operated, and interlinked with open web sources.

“Cybersecurity is a rapidly expanding field, and the educational programs NSF supports will help develop the computer scientists, engineers, and creators of tomorrow’s solutions,” said Joan Ferrini-Mundy, NSF assistant director for Education and Human Resources. “At a time when an educated, experienced workforce is among the most precious resources in the world of cybersecurity, NSF facilitates programs that will generate the architects of a more secure Internet.”

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