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Seminar: Nature-Inspired Moving Target Defense for the Internet of Things


Mohamed Eltoweissy, PhD

Department Head and Professor, Virginia Military Institute

Friday, February 15
11:15am - 12:30pm
100 Hancock Hall


Today’s Cyberspace comprises highly dynamic, interdependent global network of information technology infrastructures, telecommunications networks, computing systems, integrated sensors, control systems, embedded processors and controllers giving rise to the pervasive “Internet of Things (IoT).” The complexity, openness, heterogeneity and autonomy in IoT systems, coupled with evolving advanced persistent threats as our new reality, call for platforms to manage security as a service. This talk will highlight some challenges to secure IoT-powered environments. It will discuss nature-inspired IoT security solutions and present our nature-inspired security platform using Moving Target Defense (MTD) at different layers of the Internet stack. 


Mohamed Eltoweissy is Full Professor and Department Head of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Virginia Military Institute. Previously he served on the faculty of The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech and as Chief Scientist for Secure Cyber Systems at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Additionally, Eltoweissy co-founded several start-up companies. Eltoweissy's current interests crosscut the areas of network security and resilience, cooperative autonomic systems, and networking architecture and protocols. Eltoweissy has over 180 publications in archival journals and respected books and conference proceedings and an extensive funding record. He also served on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Computers (the flagship and oldest Transactions of the IEEE Computer Society) as well as other reputable journals. Furthermore, Eltoweissy is active as an invited speaker at both the national and international levels. Eltoweissy received several awards and recognitions for research, education, service and entrepreneurship, including best paper awards, top placements at Cyber Security competitions, and nomination for the Virginia SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Awards, the highest honor for faculty in Virginia. Eltoweissy is a senior member of IEEE and ACM.