June 9th, 2023 meeting

DATE:June 9th, 2023
TIME:2:00pm to 4:00pm (PST)
VENUE:SAP Canada Inc., 910 Mainland Street, V6B1A9, Vancouver B.C.
Zoom Online meeting
TOPIC:How UBC Students Design, Analyze, and Research Real World Cybersecurity: Examples from the Trеnchеs
PRESENTER: Dr. Konstantin (Kosta) Beznosov, P.Eng.; UBC students
This is an in-person event, with a Zoom session for remote participants. Guests must sign in as a visitor and wait for our SAP host to let attendees in.


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 behind, 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. In this part of the presentation, Prof. Konstantin Beznosov (the designer and instructor of the UBC cybersecurity course for the last 19 years) will briefly describe the course design. He will specifically focus on the project component.This brief introduction will be followed by short presentations of three recent term projects (both analysis and design) by undergraduate student teams.

Part 2: After the networking break, there will be three presentations by recent PhD students, who will showcase research projects from their dissertations. This part will give you a taste of the kinds of cybersecurity academic research that graduate students do at the Laboratory for Education and Research in Security Systems Engineering.


Konstantin (Kosta) Beznosov is a 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 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” books, 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.