Student Presentations from CMSC-491/691 Cybersecurity Research (INSuRE)

10:30 am –12:30 pm
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
ITE 229, UMBC (and via webex:


Students from Alan Sherman’s fall edition of CMSC-491/691 Cybersecurity Research (INSuRE) will present their research projects through talks and posters. In this project-based learning course, 18 students carried out original research projects, working collaboratively in three groups. Each group prepared a written report, poster, and presentation, guided in part by a technical director (TD) and other subject experts.

For more information about the INSuRE network of CAE-R universities, see their website ( ) and an article written by Sherman et al. ( IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine, July/August 2017, Vol. 15, Issue 4, pp. 72-78. ) The next UMBC edition of INSuRE will take place in fall 2024. (CAE-R = National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research)

Group 1 (10:30am-11:10am): A Man-in-the-Middle Attack against the Registration Protocol in FIDO UAF
Jonathan Fuchs, Sophia Hamer, Danning Liu
TD: Edward Zieglar (NSA)

Group 2: (11:10am-11:50am): Detecting Outliers in Malware:
Analyzing Control Flow Graphs Using Machine Learning
Naod Assefa, Mason Herndon, Xavier Jenkins, Jack Kingsbury, Bojing (Tim) Li,
Alex Ruthloff, Joseph Shaalan, Brian Yi, Duo (Dora) Zhong

Group 3: (11:50am-12:30pm): Reconnaissance and Reverse Engineering:
A Case Study of the Cyberphysical Systems in the UMBC Academic Building ILSB
Zachary Amoss, Leo Brown, Kevin Chen, Will DeStaffan, Andrea Ferketich,
Brandon Hill, Kathleen Koerner
TD: Zachary Birnbaum (APL)


Alan T. Sherman,

Upcoming CDL Meetings:

January 2-6, 2023, SFS/CySP Research Study.

Biweekly CDL talks will resume on Fridays in the spring 2023 semester on Webex.


Support for this event was provided in part by the National Science Foundation under SFS grant DGE-1753681.

The UMBC Cyber Defense Lab meets biweekly Fridays 12-1 pm. All meetings are open to the public.