Nov. 08, 2018

CSAW.jpgBen-Gurion University of the Negev and the IBM Center for Excellence in Cyber Research will host a semi-final round of the 2018 Cyber Security Awareness Worldwide competition. The BGU contingent, which will compete in the Applied Research Competition, is headed by Prof. Yuval Elovici, head of the BGU Cyber Security Research Center (CSRC), Dr. Nir Nissim, head of the CSRC Malware Lab and researchers Yuval Lapidot and Aviad Cohen.

The BGU team's paper, Trusted system-calls analysis methodology aimed at detection of compromised virtual machines using sequential mining, was published in the peer-reviewed journal Knowledge-Based Systems in August, 2018. Prof. Elovici will also address the competition, which is held in conjunction with New York University's Tandon School of Engineering.  

Since being launched in 2003 by New York University's Tandon School of Engineering, the Cyber Security Awareness Worldwide games event has grown to include 3,500 teams from more than 100 countries, who compete in a range of competetions including Capture the Flag, Red Team Competition, Embedded Security Challenge, Policy Competition, Applied Research,Hack3D, Cyber Journalism, and more. Teams are comprised of elite high school, college, and graduate students will advance to the finals of the world's biggest student-led cybersecurity contest: annual CSAW games. 

This is the second consecutive year that BGU was chosen to host a CSAW semi-final. The event was organized by Dr. Yossi Oren​ of the Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering, and by Dr. Yair Aloush of the IBM's Cyber Security Center of Excellence at BGU. The event is a joint initiative of IBM and BGU's Cyber Security Research Center, a center of research excellence in the field of Cyber Security, the Cyber Security Research Center and. BGU's Cyber Security Research Center's mission is to conduct innovative, applied cyber-security research. 

Researchers have extensive expertise in diverse research areas, such as machine learning, data mining and big data analysis, cryptography and privacy, secure hardware & physical layer security, anomaly detection, complex network analysis, artificial intelligence, computer network security and cloud computing security. This expertise builds on experience gained in numerous successful research projects dealing with cyber-security applications, such as fraud detection, Android security, data leakage prevention and malware detection, to name a few. Current research activity comprises twelve cyber-security research projects dealing with topics such as IoT security, cyber-attacks and their mitigation, security & privacy for cloud computing, physical layer security, and more. 

To view the accepted papers, please visit the CSAW Applied Research finalists page.