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Keynote Speaker

Friday, September 22, 2017

Speaker: Rei Safavi-Naini (University of Calgary) Rei's Photo

Title: The 'S' and 'P' in IoT Stand for Security and Privacy

Abstract: IoT (Internet of Things) is expected to create a hyper-connected world of "things" that, together with the embedded intelligence and controls, will realize the promise of "the world at one's fingertips". The promise is unprecedented: "programming" and "controlling" an integrated cyber-physical world to improve our quality of life. Massive connectivity, however, dramatically increases security and privacy threats. Attacking a small edge device could have catastrophic and far reaching effects when it is attached to a highly connected Internet. Similarly, aggregation and analysis of the many streams of data generated by a sensor-heavy world, will have unimaginable privacy consequences. This talk explores the challenges of security and privacy in the age of IoT.

Biographical Information: Rei Safavi-Naini is the AITF Strategic Research Chair in Information Security and the Director of Institute for Security, Privacy and Information Assurance, at the University of Calgary. Before joining the University in 2007, she was the Director of Telecommunication and Information Technology Research Institute (now ICT Research Institute) at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She has co-authored over 350 articles in refereed journals and conferences, and served as Associate Editor of ACM Transaction on Information and System Security (TISSEC) and is currently an Associate Editor of IEEE Transaction on Information Theory and IEEE Transactions on Secure and Dependable Computing as well as IET Information Security and Journal of Mathematical Cryptology. She has been Program Chair/co-Chair of ACM CCSW 2014, Financial Cryptography 2014, ACNS 2013 and Crypto 2012 and is a founding member of the Steering Committee of International Conference in Information Theoretic Security. She has given numerous keynote and invited talks at conferences and workshops, most recently, IWSEC 2014, PST 2014 and PLLS 2016. Her current research interest includes cryptography, communication and network security, cloud security, and privacy enhancing technologies.