UMBC Center for Information Security and Assurance


People

Faculty

Alan T. Sherman, Ph.D. (Director)

Position: Professor
Department: Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Research Interests: High-integrity voting systems; key management for large dynamic groups; theoretical cryptology; applied cryptography; and information assurance education
Patents: 6915426, 6845449, 7043024, 7590247
Additional Notes: Editor of the Cryptologia journal

Timothy J. Brennan, Ph.D.

Position: Professor
Department: Public Policy
Research Interests: Information technology policy

Richard F. Forno, Ph.D.

Position: Cybersecurity Graduate Program Director
Department: Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Research Interests: Information age conflict, cybersecurity operations, incident handling & risk communication, social shaping of technology

Anupam Joshi, Ph.D.

Position: Professor, Computer Science Graduate Program Director
Department: Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Research Interests: Distributed systems; networks; and privacy in social networks
Patents: US 2011/0043330, US 2011/0213706, US 2009/0270091

Samuel J. Lomonaco, Ph.D.

Position: Professor
Department: Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Research Interests: Quantum computation; algebraic coding theory; cryptology; and numerical and symbolic computation

Nagaraj K. Neerchal, Ph.D.

Position: Professor and Chair
Department: Mathematics and Statistics
Research Interests: Time series analysis; analysis of correlated categorical data; general methodology; and data mining and analysis

Dhananjay Phatak, Ph.D.

Position: Professor
Department: Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Research Interests: Computer arithmetic; secure hardware; authentication protocols; homomorphic encryption
Patents: , US 2011/0231465, US 2010/0306533, US6480871, US7853680

John Pinkston, Ph.D.

Position: Professor Emeritus
Department: Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Research Interests: Information and coding theory; and malicious code

Roy Rada

Position: Professor
Department: Information Systems
Research Interests: Information systems security; health care information systems; and applied machine learning

A. Brooke Stephens, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Department: Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Research Interests: Cryptology; numberical computation; and malicious code

Mohamed Younis, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Department: Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Research Interests: Wireless networks; information security; distributed real-time systems; fault tolerant computing; embedded operating systems; and compiler-based analysis
Patents: US20020144010, US6178522, US6448914

In addition to the faculty listed here, all Cybersecurity Graduate Faculty are members of CISA.

Doctoral Students

Mary L. Mathews

Department: Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Dissertation: TBD
Research Interests: Cyber situational awareness; intrusion detection

Christopher D. Nguyen

Department: Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Dissertation: Verifiable Randomness and its Applications (Alan T. Sherman; expected May 2017)
Thesis: Fast Modular Exponentiation Using Residue Domain Representation: A Hardware Implementation and Analysis (Alan T. Sherman, Dhananjay Phatak; December 2013)
Degrees Awarded (B.S. May 2006, CMSC) (B.S. May 2006, MATH) (M.S. December 2013, CMSC)
Research Interests: Theoretical cryptology; applied cryptography; verifiable randomness; and random-sample elections
Certifications: CompTIA Security+ CE

John Seymour

Department: Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Dissertation: TBD
Thesis: Quantum Computation Applied to Cyber Defense (Charles Nicholas)
Research Interests: Quantum computing; malware analysis; and man-in-the-middle attacks

Master's Students

Denis Danilin
(IS)
Brendan Masiar
(MPS Cybersecurity)
Shannon McPherson
(MPS Cybersecurity)
Nathan Price
(CMPE) Thesis: Improving Boot-time Entropy with Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs): Enhancing Random Number Generation with Intrinsic Uniqueness in Computer Hardware (Alan T. Sherman; expected May 2014)
SFS Scholar
Brandyn Schult
(MPS Cybersecurity)
Chirag Shah
(CMSC) Thesis: A Usability Study of the PICO Authentication System Using an Android Emulation (Alan T. Sherman)

Undergraduate Students

Alex Cooke
(IS)
Andrew Duhann
(CMSC) Project: Forensics exercise for the Cyber Battle Lab at Capitol College
Oliver Kubik
(CMSC) Project: Security Empire
SFS Scholar
Punlada Muangrat
(IS)

Alumni

Ph.D.

Edward J. Birrane, Ph.D.
(Ph.D. Dec. 2014, CMSC) Dissertation: Path Provisioning in Challenged Networks for Deadline Monotonic Quality of Service, with Applications to the Solar System Internet (Alan T. Sherman, Mohammed Younis)
Timothy Leschke, Ph.D.
(Ph.D. Dec. 2013, CMSC) Dissertation: Applying Data Visualization Techniques to Support the Analysis of Digital Forensic Data (Charles Nicholas)
Michael Oehler, Ph.D.
(Ph.D. Dec. 2013, CMSC) Dissertation: Private Packet Filtering: Searching for Sensitive Indicators without Revealing the Indicators in a Collaborative Environment (Dhananjay Phatak, Alan T. Sherman)
Josiah Dykstra, Ph.D.
(Ph.D. May 2013, CMSC) Dissertation: Digital Forensics for Infrastructure-as-a-Service Cloud Computing (Alan T. Sherman)
Richard T. Carback III, Ph.D.
(Ph.D. Dec. 2010, CMSC) Dissertation: Engineering Practical End-to-End Election Systems (Alan T. Sherman)
(M.S. May 2008, CMSC) Thesis: Security Innovations in the Punchscan Voting System (Alan T. Sherman)
(B.S. May 2005, CMSC)
Russell A. Fink, Ph.D.
(Ph.D. Dec. 2010, CMSC) Dissertation: Applying Trustworthy Computing to End-to-End Electronic Voting (Alan T. Sherman)
John F. Krautheim, Ph.D.
(Ph.D. May 2010, CMPE) Dissertation: Building Trust into Utility Cloud Computing (Dhananjay Phatak, Alan T. Sherman), IASP Scholar
Muhammad Rabi, Ph.D.
(Ph.D. Aug. 1998 CMSC) Dissertation: Relationships Among Algebraic and Security Properties of Cryptographic Functions, and a Security Architecture for Intelligent Agents (Timothy Finin, Alan T. Sherman)

M.S.

Christopher Nguyen
(M.S. Dec. 2013) Thesis: Fast Modular Exponentiation Using Residue Domain Representation: A Hardware Implementation and Analysis (Dhananjay Phatak, Alan T. Sherman)
Nikhil Joshi
(M.S. Dec. 2011) Thesis: Experimental Evaluation and Implementation of the Spread Identity Framework (Dhananjay Phatak, Alan T. Sherman)
Travis Mayberry
(M.S. Dec. 2010) M.S. Project: Implementing Range Voting and Instant Runoff in Punchscan and Scantegrity: Impact on System Complexity and Usability
William Newton
(M.S. Dec. 2010) Thesis: Chaum's Protocol for Detecting Man-in-the-Middle: Explanation, Implementation, and Analysis
Vivek G. Relan
(M.S. May 2010) Thesis: Location Authentication Through Powerline Communication: Design, Protocol, and Analysis of a New Out-of-band Strategy
Bhushan E. Sonawane
(M.S. May 2010) Thesis: Spread Identity: A New Dynamic Address Translation Mechanism for Anonymity and DDoS Defense
Allen B. Stone
(M.S. May 2007) Thesis: EBIDS-SENLP: A System to Detect Social Engineering Email Using Natural Language Processing
Kevin Fisher
(M.S. Dec. 2006, CMPE) Thesis: Security Analysis of the Punchscan High-Integrity Voting System
Nicholas Dickerson
(M.S. Dec. 2004) Thesis: Arpdefender: Detecting and Recovering from ARP Cache Poisoning Attacks
Brian Blackburn
(M.S. May 2005, CMSC)
Terrie Peterson
(M.S. May 2005, IS)
Brian Roberts
(M.S. May 2005, CMSC)
(B.S. 2003, CMSC)
John Simmons
(M.S. May 2005, CMSC)
(B.S. 2003, CMSC)
Qi He
(M.S. May 1997) Thesis: A New Electronic Cash Scheme with Exible Denominations
Thomas R. Cain
(M.S. May 1993) Project: How to Break Gifford's Cipher
Kirthivasan Venkatraman
(M.S. May 1992) Project: The Vowel-Count Method in Solving Single Columnar Transposition Ciphers: Its Effectiveness and Improvement
Kiran S. Panesar
(M.S. Dec. 1991) Project: The Vowel-Count for Solving Single Columnar Transposition Ciphers: Quantification, Analysis, and Improved Tests

B.S.

John Conway
(B.S. May 2010) Scantegrity
Cory Jones
(B.S. Dec. 2009) IASP Scholar
Barry Herman
(B.S.) Penetration testing and vulnerability analysis
Lee Linkoff
(B.S. Dec. 2006, CMSC)
Emily Pass
(B.S. May 2006, CMSC)
Natalie Podrazik
(B.S. May 2006, CMSC)
Zachary Radtka
(B.S. May 2006, CMPE)
Steven Silva
(B.S. May 2006, CMSC)
Bruce Howell II
(B.S. Dec. 2005, CMPE)
Michael Cohn
(B.S. May 2005, CMSC)
Nick Dickerson
(B.S. May 2005, CMSC)
Christopher G. Howard
(B.S. May 2005, CMPE)
Nathan Smith
(B.S. May 2005, MATH)