Colloquia Archives: 2016-2017

Below is the list of talks in the computer science seminar series for the 2016-2017 academic year. If you would like to receive notices about upcoming seminars, you can subscribe to the announcement listserv

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Top ⇑ Fall 2016 Colloquia

Dec 5

Internet of Things Security: How Your TV and Thermostat Are Attacking the Internet

Nathan Wallace, Director of Cyber Operations Cybirical

This event will be held on Monday, 12/5/2016, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Stanley Thomas, Room 302. Please note the special weekday and time for this event.

Abstract: On October 21st, millions of Internet users in the United States lost all ability to access some of the world’s most popular websites (Amazon, Twitter, Netflix, etc.). This outage was the result of a massive distributed denial of services (DDoS) attack against one of the enabling mechanisms of the Internet. After analyzing the origins of the attack, researchers determined that some of the devices were part of a growing wave of new technologies called the Internet of Things (IoT). Used more as an umbrella term, IoT devices include IP cameras, baby monitors, vehicles, wearables, smart thermostats, TVs, toasters, washer & dryers, and even Pandora streaming toilets. By first stepping through the structure of this particular DDoS attack, including infection and exploitation, this talk explores the challenges and solutions associated with securing the Internet of Things.

About the Speaker: Nathan Wallace is the Director of Cyber Operations at Cybirical, a new engineering firm specializing in services and solutions for the design and maintenance of secure and cyber-aware power system environments. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University with BSs in EE and Physics, a MS in Engineering, and a PhD in Engineering Cyberspace. At Cybirical, he is responsible for assessing various power system cybersecurity risks and mitigation strategies and leads the design and setup of the company’s relay protection training lab while also assisting with site design and commissioning.

In 2017 Dr. Wallace will be chairing New Orleans chapter of IEEE Computer Society. IEEE members are especially encouraged to attend the lecture and meet Dr. Wallace.

Dec 8


Speaker Institution

Abstract: TBA

School of Science and Engineering, 201 Lindy Boggs Center, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5764