Florida Center for Cybersecurity

April 3 & 4 at USF Tampa's Patel Center for Global Solutions

The Florida Center for Cybersecurity's annual Research Symposium brings together researchers from academia, industry, and government to connect, share information on current cybersecurity research projects, and explore emerging areas of interest. This year's two-day event, taking place on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, features two keynote presentations, breakout and panel sessions, student posters, networking, and much more.

>>Seating is limited; click here to register!<<

View the event agenda here.

Call for Student Research Posters 
Poster submissions are due by March 20.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Thomas Holt


Thomas J. Holt, PhD
Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University

Understanding the Market and Operations of
RDDoS Service Providers: Booters and Stressers in Action
Reflected-distributed-denial-of-service (rDDoS) attacks are a recent addition to the cybercrime-as-a-service scene. Available on an hourly or subscription basis, rDDoS attacks use legitimate third-party websites to amplify the attack. Thomas Holt, PhD, professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, will explore this emerging threat from both technical and sociological perspectives. Dr. Holt will examine a series of rDDoS attacks to determine if they delivered as advertised, who makes up the customer base for this malicious service, the motives behind an RDDoS attack, and implications for our understanding of the social factors underlying cyberattacks.

Dr. Holt is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University whose research focuses on computer hacking, malware, and the role of the internet in facilitating all manner of crime and deviance. His work has been published in various journals, including Crime and Delinquency, Deviant Behavior, the Journal of Criminal Justice, and Youth and Society.

Dr. Ravi Sandhu


Ravi Sandhu, PhD
Executive Director and Chief Scientist, Institute for Cyber Security (ICS), University of Texas at San Antonio

Attribute-Based Access Control: Insights and Challenges
Since about 2010, interest in attribute-based access control (ABAC) among cybersecurity researchers and practitioners has grown considerably. Ravi Sandhu, PhD, Executive Director and Chief Scientist for the Institute of Cyber Security (ICS) at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will share his take on insights gathered by his team's intensive research on the subject as well as those of other ABAC researchers. Dr. Sandhu will examine some of the challenges in his research as well as in practical deployments of ABAC.

Dr. Sandhu is Professor of Computer Science and Executive Director of the Institute for Cyber Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he holds the Lutcher Brown Endowed Chair in Cyber Security. Previously he served on the faculty at George Mason University (1989-2007) and Ohio State University (1982-1989). He holds BTech and MTech degrees from IIT Bombay and Delhi, and MS and PhD degrees from Rutgers University. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ACM, and AAAS, and has received numerous awards from IEEE, ACM, NSA, NIST, and IFIP. A prolific and highly cited author, his research has been funded by NSF, NSA, NIST, DARPA, AFOSR, ONR, AFRL, ARO, and private industry. His seminal papers on role-based access control established it as the dominant form of access control in practical systems. His numerous other models and mechanisms have also had considerable real-world impact. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, and previously as founding Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Information and System Security. He was Chairman of ACM SIGSAC and founded the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, the ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies, and the ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy. He has served as General Chair, Steering Committee Chair, Program Chair, and as a committee member for numerous security conferences. He has consulted for leading industry and government organizations and has lectured all over the world. He is an inventor on 30 security technology patents and has accumulated over 39,000 Google Scholar citations for his papers. At the Institute for Cyber Security, his research projects include attribute-based access control, secure cloud computing, secure Internet of Things, secure information sharing, social computing security, and secure data provenance. His website is at www.profsandhu.com.

Session Topics

Defensive & Resilient Cyberspace with Threat Tracking & Prediction Based on Temporal-Spatial Network/Data Activity Profiling
presented by Dr. Shigang Chen, University of Florida, and
Dr. Patrick Kreidl, University of North Florida

FraudHunt: Online Crowdsourced Fraud Attribution 
presented by Dr. Bogdan Carbunar, Florida International University 

Securing the Internet of Things from the Hardware and Deep-Learning Perspectives
presented by Dr. Xiaolin Li, University of Florida

Detecting Cognitive Hacking in the U.S. Financial Market: A Social Media Study
presented by Dr. Wingyan Chung, University of Central Florida, and
Dr. Xinlin Tang, Florida State University

Utility-Based Approach to Detecting Compromised Machines
presented by Dr. Zhenhai Duan, Florida State University

Helmet: Deep Neural Network Protection Against Adversarial Attacks
presented by Dr. Yier Jin, University of Central Florida, and
Dr. Wujie Wen, Florida International University

Resilient Smart Grid Control for Load-Switching Cyber Attacks
presented by Dr. My T. Thai, University of Florida

Cybersecurity Protection for Software-Defined Networking Applying Machine Learning
presented by Dr. Nasir Ghani, University of South Florida, and
Dr. Alexander Perez-Pons, Florida International University

Proactive Defense Against Cyber-Physical Smart Grid Attacks
presented by Dr. Zhuo Lu, University of South Florida, and
Dr. Yufei Tang, Florida Atlantic University

Software-Defined Overlay Virtual Networks: Enforcing Private Device-to-Device Communication Through Social Contexts
presented by Dr. Adriana Iamnitchi, University of South Florida, and 
Dr. Renato Figueiredo, University of Florida

Resilience and Mission Assurance of Intelligent Machines for Secure Internet of Things
presented by Dr. Zhihua Qu, University of Central Florida

Collaborative Authentication for the Internet of Things
presented by Dr. Jay Ligatti, University of South Florida

Event Information

More detailed information regarding this year's agenda, panelists, and speakers will be announced soon. Check back for updates and additional information.

Tentative Schedule (subject to change)
Tuesday, April 3
8:30–9:15 am: Registration & Networking
9:15 am–12:00 pm: Programming
12:00–1:30 pm: Lunch, Networking & Student Posters
1:30–4:00 pm: Programming
4:00–6:00 pm: Reception

Wednesday, April 4
8:30–9:15 am: Registration & Networking
9:15 am–12:00 pm: Programming
12:00 pm–1:30 pm: Lunch, Networking & Student Posters
1:30–4:00 pm: Programming

Please note: Registrants will receive an email with parking instructions and other important information prior to the event.

Refund Policy
  • Your registration fee permits attendance at the two-day event and includes parking and lunch for both days.
  • No prorated tickets or single-day tickets will be offered.
  • Cancellations and requests for reimbursement of registration fees must be received no later than 5:00 pm EST, Monday, March 19. Registrants canceling their registration after that time are not eligible for refunds.