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S&T Support of Cyber Competitions Embraces Technology and Cybersecurity

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From February through April, the cyber equivalent of the NCAA’s March Madness played out – keystroke by keystroke – at 180 colleges around the nation. The regional champions gathered at the National Collegiate Cybersecurity Defense Competition (NCCDC) in San Antonio Texas. While only one team emerged with the winner’s trophy, everyone walked away with an increased appreciation and understanding of current cybersecurity needs and a preview of emerging technologies. This week, University of Central Florida, this year’s NCCDC winner, will tour the nation’s capital to learn how government agencies like the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) protect the nation from cyber threats.

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New Tool Makes Online Personal Data More Transparent

Roxana Geambasu and Augustin Chaintreau, assistant professors of computer science at Columbia Engineering, have developed XRay, a new tool that reveals which data in a web account, such as emails, searches, or viewed products, are being used to target which outputs, such as ads, recommended products, or prices. They are presenting the prototype, an open source system designed to make the online use of personal data more transparent, at USENIX Security on August 20.

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Florida State University Offers Faculty Expert on Cybersecurity Threats

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Shuyuan Mary Ho, an assistant professor at Florida State University’s School of Information, is available for media questions and analysis on cybersecurity threats, including the recent breach by Russian criminals who stole more than 1.2 billion Internet usernames and passwords.

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The SWAMP: A Key Resource in Improving Software Assurance Activities

The Software Assurance Market Place, or SWAMP, is an online, open-source, collaborative research environment that allows software developers and researchers to test their software for security weaknesses, improve tools by testing against a wide range of software packages, and interact and exchange best practices to improve software assurance tools and techniques.

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Is Your Data Safe? Why You Should Care More About Spam

Researchers are working to protect consumer data by using companies spam volume to evaluate its security vulnerability through the SpamRankings.net project.

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Madison-Based SWAMP, Secure Decisions Partner to Enhance Software Security

Secure Decisions, a leading provider of assessment tools to enhance software security, is partnering with the Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP) to build a powerful and publicly accessible resource to improve the software that drives everyday life.

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Georgia Tech Researchers Develop ‘Encore’ to Monitor Web Access

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Georgia Tech researchers have created a tool to monitor the accessibility of Web pages around the world that can be installed by adding a single line of code to a web page. The tool, Encore, runs when a user visits a website where the code is installed and then discreetly collects data from potentially censored sites.

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Georgia Tech Research Identifies Android Security Weaknesses Caused by Performance Design

Georgia Tech researchers have identified a weakness in one of Android’s security features. The research, titled Abusing Performance Optimization Weaknesses to Bypass ASLR, identifies an Android performance feature that weakens a software protection called Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR), leaving software components vulnerable to attacks that bypass the protection.

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Cybersecurity Center Earns DHS, NSA Designation

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Kansas State University's cybersecurity center is receiving national recognition for its dedication to software security and cyber defense.

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Columbia Engineering Team Finds Thousands of Secret Keys in Android Apps

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Columbia Engineering researchers have discovered a crucial security problem in Google Play, the official Android app store. The study is the first to make a large-scale measurement of the huge marketplace, using PlayDrone, a tool they developed to circumvent Google security to successfully download Google Play apps and recover their sources.

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