Distinguished Lecture Series

Prof. Dr. Guevara Noubir

Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University

19. Januar 2023, 16:15 Uhr

via Zoom

„The Rise of Side Channel Attacks: the case of wireless and mobile systems“

Over the last decade, security and privacy has became a major concern for organizations, governments, and society. This resulted in extensive efforts to develop and deploy a wide variety of hardware and software defense mechanisms ranging from network security protocols, secure computing platforms, to usable security and policies. As the low-hanging vulnerabilities became harder to exploit, side-channel attacks started receiving more attention from the larger security community. The research community has been very prolific in discovering a wide variety of exploitable side-channel attacks. In this talk, we focus on side-channels in wireless and mobile systems. We discuss their unique features and root cause such as resource constraints, inherent emissions, couplings and systems optimization. We review several recent attacks from our own work and others to illustrate the origins and risks. We also discuss defense approaches and their limitations in terms of effectiveness and realism.

Guevara Noubir is a Professor at Northeastern University (Boston, MA) within the Khoury College of Computer Sciences, the Executive Director of Cybersecurity Programs, and the PI of Northeastern University’s NSA/DHS designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity. He received the US National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2005, Google Faculty Research Award on Privacy in 2016, Northeastern University Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Award 2018, best paper awards at ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec) 2011 and 2018, and the IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security best paper in 2016. Dr. Noubir led Northeastern University winning teams in the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) in 2017, 2018, and finalist in 2019 (winning a total of $2M). He also led Northeastern’s winning team in the DARPA Spectrum Challenge collaborative scenario in 2013. Dr. Noubir chaired the technical program committee of several security conferences including the ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec), and IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security. He serve(d) on the editorial boards of ACM Transaction on Privacy and Security, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Elsevier Journal on Computer Networks, and IEEE Transaction on Information Forensics and Security. His research has been funded by BAE Systems, ARPA, Draper Labs, Microsoft Research, ONR, NSA, NSF, and Raytheon. Dr. Noubir holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and MS in CS (diplôme d’ingénieur) from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique et de Mathématiques Appliquées de Grenoble (ENSIMAG), France. He held research and visiting positions at CSEM SA, EPFL, Eurecom, MIT, and UNL.