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ForenSecure: Cyber Forensics and Security Conference at IIT – a Huge Success!

April 29th, 2015 Comments off

More than 220 cyber security professionals participated in ForenSecure ’15: Cyber Forensics and Security Conference and Expo at Illinois Institute of Technology’s Rice Campus in Wheaton. In its 13th year, this industry-focused technical conference attracted representatives from Google, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Exelon, Cisco, Verizon, Comcast, Allstate Insurance, Argonne National Laboratory, Booz Allen Hamilton, CDW, Chicago Public Schools, CNA Insurance, Fermilab, Ford Motor Company, Motorola Solutions, Navistar, U.S. Marines, and Alcatel-Lucent. Universities such as Boston University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University, Lewis University, Northern Illinois University, Wheaton College, University of Wisconsin, University of Dubuque (Iowa) and several community colleges, and other organizations were also represented.

This multi-tracked conference included discussion and debate by local, regional, national, and international organizations and universities over cyber security, forensics, data/information governance, cyber crime, cyber security legislation and legal issues, ethical hacking, eDiscovery, cloud forensics, steganography, policy and compliance, privacy, wireless security, cloud computing, credit card fraud, drones, identity theft, and more.

William Lidinsky, director, School of Applied Technology Computer Security and Forensics Laboratory; interim director, Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education; and industry professor of Information Technology and Management headed up the conference with co-chairs, Ben Khodja (ITM ’12,  M.S. CYF ’15) and Yalinne Castelan Guzman (ITM, M.S. CYF ’16).

Several IIT faculty presented at conference sessions including Mohammad Shahidehpour, Bodine Chair professor of electrical and computer engineering; Henry Perritt Jr, professor of law; Ray Trygstad, director of information technology at IIT School of Applied Technology; and Adam Rouse, legal fellow for the Institute of Science, Law, and Technology at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law; Bonnie Goins and William Slater III, adjunct industry professors of information technology and management;.

Student presentations from Lidinsky’s ITMS 448/548-Cyber Security Technologies, ITMS 539-Steganography, and ITMS 549-Cyber Security Technologies: Projects & Advanced Methods courses were featured both days. Presentations included various forms of steganography, how to defend Android apps, RADISH (Remotely-Accessible Dynamic Infrastructure for Students to Hack) developed at IIT, and more.

More information about ForenSecure: Cyber Forensics & Security Conference & Expo

More Information about Cyber Forensics and Securiey Lab at Illinois Institute of Technology School of Applied Technology

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FOX 32 Chicago News interviews ITM’s Jeremy Hajek regarding fob dead zone

April 1st, 2015 Comments off

School of Applied Technology Associate Professor Jeremy Hajek is interviewed on FOX 32 Chicago News about the possible causes of a key fob dead zone in Chicago.

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CBS Chicago interviews ITM’s Ray Trygstad

December 15th, 2014 Comments off

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Ray Trygstad, ITM Associate Chair and Industry Professor, was interviewed for a CBS Chicago article titled “Communication Will Give Chicago IT Professionals An Edge In Hiring”.

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New Course Announcement!

December 11th, 2014 Comments off

ITMD 545 Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC)
Details at – http://appliedtech.iit.edu/news/2014/dec/11/new-course-announcement

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Embedded Systems Students Present Final Projects, Fall 2014

December 8th, 2014 Comments off

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Students enrolled in IIT School of Applied Technology’s Embedded Systems and Reconfigurable Logic Design course (ITMT 492/593) gave their final project presentations on Tuesday, December 2 in The McCormick Tribune Campus Center Auditorium. The course, taught by faculty members Jeremy Hajek and Dan Tomal, focused on students working on projects designed to solve real-world problems using a range of technical solutions.

Each presentation was technically focused and included a demonstration. Afterward, the projects were available for viewing, and audience members were able to interact with the students and the projects. The student projects included:

Wearable Home Automation Framework
Bart Dworak (ITM), Sydney Hardwick (ITM), Eduardo Villanueva (ITM), Olivia Minton (ITM)

Building a Smart Home
Colin Redmond (ITM), Dean Nelson (ITM), Brian Curtis (ITM), Awa Ka (ITM)

Following Mirror
Cheol-won Seo (ITM), Kyeongmin Kang (ITM), Jusung Mun (ITM)

RFID ID Reader for Class Presence
Bianca Canalli Zagueto (INTM), Josmar Baruffaldi Cristello (MMAE), Javier Moreno Valdecantos (ITM)

Mobile Flood Prediction System
Alysson Gustavo Andrade Souza (CS), Luiz Mariano Pinto (MMAE), Israel Aries Candido (ECE)

Automotive Media Center with Real-Time GPS Tracking
Clint Bhola (ITM)

Let Me Show You The Future—Internet of Things Networking
Jeremy Hajek (Industry Associate Professor ITM department)

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The Information Technology and Management (ITM) program in the School of Applied Technology seeks to work with other programs, integrating efforts and producing cross-curricular project results. Frameworks for additional research possibilities will result, enabling researchers and departments to learn and grow together.

Learn more about the embedded systems student presentations and demonstrations by clicking here. Learn more about additional ITM student projects at this link.

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Pictured above Bob Carlson, Dean, IIT School of Applied Technology, far right, reviews the Mobile Flood Prediction System.

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Pictured above Dean Nelson (ITM) left side, Colin Redmond (ITM), and Awa Ka (ITM) demonstrate Home Automation – Building a Smart Home Using openHAB.

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IIT ITM Students and Faculty Active at SIGITE/RIIT 2014

October 13th, 2014 Comments off

sigite2014Three IIT ITM student research papers are being presented at the 3rd annual Association for Computing Machinery’s Research in Information Technology conference, being held October 15-18, 2014  in Atlanta, Georgia in conjunction with the annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group for Information Technology Education. IIT student papers “Printer Water-Mark Obfuscation” by Maya Embar, Louis McHugh, and William Wesselman; “Probabilistically Detecting Steganography withinMP3 Files” by Ben Khodja; and “Passive Warden Using Statistical Steganalysis” by David Stacey will be presented in the Friday morning RIIT session, which will be chaired by Industry Professor Ray Trygstad, Associate Chair of IIT’s Department of Information Technology and Management. Also attending the conference will be Dr. C. Robert Carlson, Dean of the IIT School of Applied Technology.

At last year’s RIIT conference in Orlando, Dean Carlson, along with Dr. Sargon Hasso, a former PhD student of Dr. Carlson’s, presented the paper “Design Patterns as First-Class Connectors” which was awarded the Best Paper award from the conference. Also presenting at the 2013 conference were IIT alumnus Mikhail Zaturenskiy, “MP3 Files as a Steganography Medium,” and IIT ITM alumnus Fernando Seror Garcia, “DNS (Do Not Suspect).”

Congratulations to all of our students presenting this year and thanks as well to all of those ITM students who submitted their research for consideration for the conference.

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ITM’s Ray Trygstad Quoted in 2 Publications

December 11th, 2013 Comments off

Ray Trygstad, Associate Chair of the IIT Department of Information Technology and Management, was interviewed and quoted in 2 articles about the shortage of workers with cybersecurity skills and IIT’s Master of Cyber Forensics and Security program to Medill Reports Chicago.

Shortage of workers with cybersecurity skills rises just as need does

Chicago’s tech jobs are growing – but the number of graduates isn’t keeping up

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IIT on da Cloud event by ITMO

October 24th, 2013 Comments off

ITMO is holding its second annual IIT on da Cloud event this Friday, October 25 from 12:00 to 9:00pm (open to all IIT students).

The event features guest speakers who will talk about cloud computing and how it is used. At 2:00 the event will relocate to the IdeaShop for a night of setting up full cloud systems and developing apps to run on this cloud.

Check out the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8947216365
Check out the HackNight: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8977095735/eorg

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Dean Carlson earns ACM Research in IT Best Paper award

October 16th, 2013 Comments off
Dr. Carlson receiving the Best Paper award

Dr. Carlson and Dr. Hasso receiving the Best Paper award

Dr. C. Robert Carlson, Dean of the School of Applied Technology, earned the best paper award at the 2nd Annual Conference on Research in Information Technology (RIIT) held in conjunction with the ACM 14th Annual Conference in Information Technology Education (SIGITE), October 10-12. Dr. Carlson, along with Dr. Sargon Hasso, a former PhD student of Dr. Carlson’s, presented the paper “Design Patterns as First-Class Connectors” in the Software Development track. Their approach is a compositional model based on design patterns by abstracting their behavioral model using role modeling constructs. They demonstrated their technique by presenting a simple case study complete with design and implementation code. Dr. Hasso is currently employed at Wolters Kluwer.

Dr. Carlson was accompanied to the conference by Industry Professor Ray Trygstad, Associate Chair of IIT’s Department of Information Technology and Management. Professor Trygstad also serves as the Chair of the National Board of Directors for Gamma Nu Eta, the National Information Technology Honor Society. He represented Gamma Nu Eta, who was a Silver Sponsor for the conference.

Dr. Carlson also served as Session Chair for the presentations of “Leveraging HCI in Teaching Mobile, ‘Anywhere and Everywhere’ IT” and “Flipping the Classroom – Is it for you?” as part of the Mobile IT Technology track of the conference.

IIT alumnus Fernando Seror Garcia t the Poster Session

IIT alumnus Fernando Seror Garcia at the Poster Session

As part of the Security 1 track, IIT alumnus Mikhail Zaturenskiy, who worked with Professor Bill Lidinsky, presented his paper “MP3 Files as a Steganography Medium.” This paper looks at ways to hide information inside MP3 files and proposes four largely unexplored techniques: unused header bit stuffing, unused side information bit stuffing, empty frame stuffing, and ancillary bit stuffing.

As part of the RIIT Poster Session, IIT 2013 ITM alumnus Fernando Seror Garcia, presented his project, “DNS (Do Not Suspect).” The purpose of this project is to see if it would be possible for an attacker to use the DNS protocol to communicate with a bot of his own in an infected host in order to avoid being detected.

Technology Executives Club taps Ray Trygstad as a panelist

July 10th, 2013 Comments off

IIT’s Ray Trygstad will be a panelist in the Technology Executives Club “Selling to IT” event. The event will be held at IIT’s Rice Campus on Thursday, July 25. Details at http://www.technologyexecutivesclub.com/vendors/events/july2013selltoit.php

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