Thursday, August 15, 2019

Ian Goldberg and colleagues honoured for security research that has stood the test of time

Ian Goldberg

Professor Ian Goldberg, his colleagues David Wagner, Randi Thomas, and former PhD supervisor Eric Brewer have won the 2019 USENIX Security Test of Time Award for their research that also received the Best Paper Award at the Sixth USENIX Security Symposium in 1996.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Researchers use blockchain to drive electric-vehicle infrastructure

Car plugged into an electric vehicle charging station

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have integrated the use of blockchain into energy systems, a development that could result in expanded charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

In a study that outlines the new blockchain-oriented charging system, the researchers found that there is a lack of trust among charging service providers, property owners and owners of electric vehicles (EVs). 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Cybersecurity and Privacy Excellence Graduate Scholarship Sponsored by Symcor Awarded

Headshot picture of Chang Ge recipient of Cybersecurity and Privacy Graduate Scholarship sponsored by Symcor

CPI would like to announce Chang Ge as the recipient of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute's Graduate Scholarship sponsored by Symcor 2019/2020.

Chang Ge is a PhD student in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo since 2016, advised by Professor Ihab Ilyas. Previously, he obtained a MMath in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo in 2014. His research interest is in the area of data systems, with current interest in managing data quality on private data. His work has been applied in SAP HANA, IBM DB2 and Microsoft Azure Services.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Crypto 2019 Best Young Researcher Award

International Association for Cryptologic Research

C&O graduate students Samuel Jaques and John Schanck have won the Best Young Researcher Paper Award at Crypto 2019, the 39th Annual International Cryptology Symposium.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Professor Ian Goldberg named tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Privacy Enhancing Technologies

Ian Goldberg

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Ian Goldberg has been named a tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Privacy Enhancing Technologies. He is one of 14 University of Waterloo researchers and the only member from the Faculty of Mathematics to receive this prestigious national research chair in this year’s award cycle. 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

CPI announces new industry collaboration at True North

Conference

The Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute (CPI) hosted the All Hands On Deck for a Security Incident workshop at True North 2019 and announced their new industry collaboration with CyberCity, a Waterloo Region cybersecurity industry organization.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Scaling Hyperledger Fabric: Creating faster and more efficient transactions

Professor Srinivasan Keshav, PhD candidate Christian Gorenflo and Professor Lukasz Golab

Originally built as a way to secure cryptocurrency transactions, blockchain is a digital platform that verifies and records exchanges. Blockchains are global networks that can have millions of users, each adding information or data that is secured through cryptography. This creates an indisputable history of these transactions that cannot be modified by a single user, eliminating opportunities for fraud, and it is this feature that has some heralding blockchain as a way of increasing cybersecurity.

Friday, March 8, 2019

New cybersecurity system offers better protection against hacking and censorship

Photograph of a hacker from the back

A new cybersecurity system developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo has a set a new standard in the fight to protect people from malicious online attacks.   

The new tool, a naming system called Bitforest, is one of the first systems that provides an efficient method of decentralized, online security in a way that is easy for the average person to use. The naming system converts more easily remembered names, such as usernames and domain names, to values like public keys needed for securely communicating with computer services and devices.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Professor Florian Kerschbaum speaks about cybersecurity, privacy and ethics in the age of machine learning and AI at World Affairs Conference

Florian Kerschbaum

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Florian Kerschbaum spoke about cybersecurity, privacy and ethics in the age of machine learning and artificial intelligence to high school students at the 2019 World Affairs Conference, held this year on February 4 to 5, 2019 in Toront

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

App will protect confidential data when crossing borders

Three Shatter Secrets app screens

Computer scientists at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science have found a novel method to help travellers protect sensitive information from border control agents.

The system is being developed into an app called “Shatter Secrets” by Erinn Atwater, who is the research director of the not-for-profit Open Privacy, an organization dedicated to understanding, researching and serving the privacy needs of marginalized and highly targeted at-risk communities. 

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