Digital Threats: Research and Practice

Having acted as programme chair for the FIRST Security and Incident response conference last year, I also got to co-edit the special conference issue of the ACM journal Digital Threats: Research and Practice (DTRAP). FIRST sponsored the journal, so our issue is open access, available for anyone to read. Topics covered:

  • Using power consumption to extract encryption keys from IoT devices;
  • Detecting threats in advance by looking at patterns of DNS domain name registration;
  • Identifying and classifying malware independent of instruction set;
  • Using time-series statistics to raise alerts from many different security-related statistics;
  • Re-considering “false positives” as a potential source of valuable information.

I found it a fascinating and mind-stretching collection to read. I hope you will too.

By Andrew Cormack

I'm Chief Regulatory Advisor at Jisc, responsible for keeping an eye out for places where our ideas, services and products might raise regulatory issues. My aim is to fix either the product or service, or the regulation, before there's a painful bump!

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