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June 10, 2016 meeting

Fri, Jun. 10, 2016 2:00pm — 4:00pm

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June 10, 2016


2:00pm to 4:00pm


KPMG - KCampus, 4th floor
777 Dunsmuir St., V7Y 1K3, Vancouver, B.C. (Map to KPMG)

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How UBC computer security students help to improve security of real world systems


Part 1 - Dr. Konstantin Beznosov, P.Eng, Associate Professor, UBC

Part 2 - MacKenzie Judd, Calvin Chan & teammates, Nikola Radoicic



Feature Presentation Part 1:

Computer security is a very rapidly evolving field, with technologies, tools, and risks changing yearly, if not monthly. Yet, if computer security students only learn the principles, they will be unable to develop higher levels of knowledge, such as application, analysis, and evaluation. To resolve this predicament, UBC's undergraduate computer security course has been designed to have a term project as a major educational component. Furthermore, the students are provided with a safe environment to engage in security analysis (including pen testing) of real world systems. In this part of the presentation, Prof. Konstantin Beznosov (the designer and instructor of the UBC security course for last 12 years) will describe the course design. He will specifically focus on the project component, how it has evolved over the years from ad-hock adventure, with sudden left turns, into a streamlined safe process that results not only in students applying the course material from the lectures and home assignments, but also in the improved security posture of real systems.


Feature Presentation Part 2 : 

● Security analysis of Neurio home intelligence (MacKenzie Judd)

● Design of smartphone unlocking mechanism (Calvin Chan & team)

● Security analysis of mobile carrier apps (Nikola Radoicic)



Konstantin (Kosta) Beznosov is an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, where he directs the Laboratory for Education and Research in Secure Systems Engineering. His research interests are usable security, mobile security and privacy, security and privacy in online social networks, and web security. Prior to UBC, he was a Security Architect at Hitachi Computer Products (America) and Concept Five. Besides many academic papers, he is also a co-author of “Enterprise Security with EJB and CORBA” and “Mastering Web Services Security,” as well as XACML and several CORBA security specifications. He has served on program committees and/or helped to organize SOUPS, ACM CCS, IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy, NSPW, NDSS, ACSAC, SACMAT. Prof. Beznosov has served as an associate editor of ACM Transactions on Information and System Security (TISSEC) and Elsevier’s Computers & Security.

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