Aziz Mohaisen Aziz Mohaisen
Associate Professor

Deptartment of Computer Science
Director, Security Analytics Research Lab (SEAL)
co-DirectorResearch Lab of Big Data Security
University of Central Florida

4353 Scorpius Street, Orlando, FL 32816-0120, USA
Phone: 407-823-1294 (I don't check voicemail)
e-mail: mohaisen@ucf.edu. Office: 377 Research 1.

Research Interests: Computer Security and Privacy. My current research projects focus on security analytics and measurements, IoT security, blockchains, adversarial machine learning, and deep learning applications to security.
Short Biography: Before joining UCF in 2017, I was an assistant professor at SUNY Buffalo. I obtained my PhD from the University of Minnesota, and spent several years in the industry, initially at ETRI and most recently at Verisign Labs. I am a senior member of ACM (2018) and IEEE (2015). Up to date work available from DBLP and Google Scholar.
Openings: We currently do not have any openings!.

📡 Recent News

  • 01/2019: I will be the general co-chair (with Zhi-Li Zhang) for ACM CoNEXT 2019, which will be held in Orlando!
  • 01/2019: I will be the PC co-chair (with Wenjing Lou) for SECURECOMM 2019, which will be held in Orlando!
  • 01/2019: Yanick and I are organizing the poster/demo session in ACM WiSec 19. Submit your work and join us in Miami!
  • 03/2019: Congrats to M. Saad and V. Cook for their blockchain work accepted at IEEE ICDCS 2019
  • 03/2019: Congrats to A. Abusnaina et al. for their adversarial learning work accepted at IEEE ICDCS 2019
  • 03/2019: Congrats to J. Jang for his per-flow detection work accepted to IEEE ICDCS 2019
  • 03/2019: Congrats to Jeman and Amin for their work on DNS Security conditionally accepted at IEEE DSN 2019.
  • 03/2019: I will be on the Program Committee of PETS 2020 (and Editorial Board PoPETs)
  • 03/2019: Congrats to Rhongho for work on access point security accepted for publication in IEEE TMC
  • 02/2019: Afsah, Ahmed, Amin, Hisham, Jinchun, Jiyoo, and Saad will attend NDSS 2019 with 6 posters
  • 02/2019: Congrats to Saad, Afsah, Hisham and Ashar for two papers on blockchains security accepted at IEEE ICBC 2019
  • 02/2019: Congrats to Ashar and Saad for a paper on blockchains security accepted at IEEE ICC 2019
  • 02/2019: Many thanks to NVIDIA for donating graphics processing units for our adversarial / deep learning work
  • 01/2018: Congrats to Jinchun and Jiyoo for passing their candidacy. ABD (expected graduation: 2020)
  • 12/2018: Two book chapters on blockchain security are accepted and to appear in a book collection by Shetty et al. (2019)
  • 11/2018: We received a new AFRL contract (with/via ODU) for blockchain security research. Thanks AFRL!
  • 11/2018: We won the best paper award at ACM DLoT for secure audit with blockchains; congrats Ashar and Saad.
  • 11/2018: Congrats to Ashar and Hisham for passing their candidacy. ABD (expected graduation: 2020)
  • 10/2018: SEAL hosted 60 middle school students for a security awareness day via STEM Day.
  • 06/2018: SEAL hosted 80 high school students for a security summer camp via Camp Connect. Check out some of the photos
  • 06/2018: Jeff accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Niagara University. Successfully defended, too!
  • 04/2018: I was elevated to the rank of ACM senior member (IEEE senior member since 2015).
  • 04/2018: FC2 funded our project on mobile security training (joint with Karim Elish from Florida Poly). Thanks FC2!
  • 04/2018: Served as an offense to the defense of An Wang (GMU) and Amirali Sanatinia (NEU)! Well done! Congrats!
  • 04/2018: One paper accepted in SECURECOMM 2018. Congratulations to Afsah and Amin!
  • 04/2018: Two papers accepted to IEEE ICDCS 2018. Congratulations to Sungha, Youngdon, and Shinyoung!
  • 03/2018: Incremental funding from AFRL for blockchain research! Thanks AFRL!
  • 04/2018: Ahmed will be funded by an ORC fellowship for 2018/2019! Congrats, Ahmed.
  • 03/2018: FC2 funded our project on thwarting APTs in IoT (joint with My T. Thai from UF). Thanks FC2!
  • 02/2018: We welcomed Ashar, Jinchun, Jiyoo, and Ahmed for their Ph.D. studies.
  • 02/2018: Two papers accepted at ICASSP 2018 (QoI and DigitalSEAL). Congrats to Jeman, Hisham, and Changhun.
  • 01/2018: Two papers were accepted in IEEE Trans on Dependable and Secure Computing. Congrats to An and Wentao
  • 01/2018: I was invited to the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. Submit your best work!

📚 Recent Publications

IEEE ICDCS 2019
Adversarial Learning Attacks on Graph-based IoT Malware Detection Systems (19.6%)
IEEE ICDCS 2019
InstaMeasure: Instant Per-flow Detection Using Large In-DRAM Working Set of Active Flows (19.6%)
IEEE ICDCS 2019
XLF: A Cross-layer Framework to Secure the Internet of Things (vision track)
IEEE/IFIP DSN 2019
Where Are You Taking Me? Behavioral Analysis of Open DNS Resolvers (~20%)
ACM CCS 2018
Large-Scale and Language-Oblivious Code Authorship Identification (16%)
ISOC NDSS 2018
ABC: Enabling Smartphone Authentication with Built-in Camera (~20%)
IEEE ICDCS 2018
SSD-Insider: Internal Defense of Solid-State Drive against Ransomware (18%)
IEEE ICDCS 2018
ShmCaffe: A Distributed Deep Learning Platform with Shared Memory (18%)
RFC 8391 / 2018
XMSS: Extended Hash-Based Signatures (Standard)
IEEE ICDCS 2017
An Adversary-Centric Behavior Modeling of DDoS Attacks (17%)
IEEE ICDCS 2017
Defending Against Voice Impersonation Attacks on Smartphones (Best student paper)
IEEE INFOCOM 2017
Large-scale Invisible Attack on AFC Systems with NFC-equipped Smartphones (18%)
ISOC NDSS 2016
Uncovering game bots in MMORPGs via self-similarity in the wild (15%)
ACM ASIACCS 2015
Measuring Botnets in the Wild: Some New Trends (22%)
IEEE DSN 2015
Delving into Internet DDoS Attacks by Botnets: Characterization and Analysis (22%)
ACM IMC 2014
Measuring Domain Forwarding and Applications at the Internet Scale (20.3%)
ACM ASIACCS 2012
On the mixing time of directed social graphs and security implications (18%)
IEEE INFOCOM 2012
Dynamic energy-oriented scheduling for sustainable wireless sensor networks (18%)
ISOC NDSS 2011
Losing control of the Internet: Using the data plane to attack the control plane (18%)
IEEE INFOCOM 2011
Incorporating trust into social network-based Sybil defenses (16%)
ACM IMC 2010
Measuring the mixing time of social graphs (22%)
ACM/IEEE ToN 2018
Delving into Internet DDoS Attacks by Botnets: Characterization and Analysis (3.11)
ACM/IEEE ToN 2017
Leakage of .onion at the DNS Root: Measurements, Causes, and Countermeasures (3.11)
IEEE TDSC 2018
A Data-Driven Study of DDoS Attacks and Their Dynamics (4.41)
IEEE TDSC 2018
Look-aside At Your Own Risk: Privacy Implications of DNSSEC Look-aside Validation (4.41)
IEEE TDSC 2015
Timing Attacks on Access Privacy in ICN and Countermeasures (4.41)
IEEE TDSC 2014
Secure encounter-based social networks: Requirements, challenges, and designs (4.41)
IEEE TMC 2019
Catch Me If You Can: Rogue Access Point Detection Using Intentional Channel Interference (3.822)
IEEE TMC 2018
Pricing Data Tampering in Automated Fare Collection with NFC-equipped Smartphones (3.822)
IEEE TMC 2018
Android Malware Detection using Complex-Flows (3.822)
IEEE TMC 2014
Keylogging-resistant Visual Authentication Protocols (3.822)

Sponsors

National Science Foundation Air Force Research Lab Air Force Office of Scientification Research NRF
UCF FC2 NVIDIA

🎓 Advising

🎓 Current Advising
Ashar Ahmad (PhD, 2015)
Jinchun ChoiN (PhD, 2015)
Jiyoo JangN (PhD, 2015)
Mohamed AbuhamadN (PhD, 2015) ⑤ Jeman Park (PhD, 2016)
Hisham Alasmary (PhD, 2017)
Afsah Anwar (PhD, 2017)
Amin Khormali (PhD, 2017)
Muhammad Saad (PhD, 2017)
⑩ Ahmed Abusnaina (PhD, 2018)
⑪ Ulku Meteriz (PhD, 2018)
⑫ Necip Meteriz Yildiran (PhD, 2019)
⑬ Sultan Alshamrani (PhD, 2019)
Connor Austin (B.Sc., 2018)
Destinee Stephen (B.Sc., 2018)
Mikal Young (B.Sc., 2019)
Coty Tuggle (B.Sc., 2018)
N co-advised with Prof. Nyang
🎓 Past Advising
🎓 Jeff Spaulding (Ph.D., 2018)
┗ Assistant Prof, Niagara U.
🎓 Joe D'Amato (M.Sc., 2016)
┗ The MITRE Corporation
🎓 Jesse Freeman (M.Sc., 2016)
┗ Department of Defense
🎓 Chris Weeden (M.Sc., 2016)
┗ Department of Defense
🎓 Woodams Clark, (M.Sc., 2016)
┗ Department of Defense

📚 Teaching

📚 S-19: CIS 4361: OS Security
📚 S-19: CAP 6640: NLP
📚 F-18: CIS 4615: Software Security
📚 S-18: CAP 6133: Adv. Security
📚 F-17: CIS 4615: Software Security
📚 F-16: CSE 709: Adv. Security
📚 F-16: CSE 410: Intro to Security
📚 S-16: CSE 664: Applied Crypto
📚 F-15: CSE 709: Adv. Security

⚑ Service

⚑ Editor, IEEE TMC
⚑ Editor, ETRI Journal (Wiley)
⚐ PC Chair, SECURECOMM 2019
⚐ PC Chair, IEEE ICC 2019 (security)
⚐ General Chair, ACM CoNEXT 2019
⚐ Posters Chair, ACM WiSec 2019
⚐ Workshops Chair, ACM SEC 2019

💰 Sponsors

We are very grateful for the current and past sponsorship of NSF, AFRL, AFOSR, NRF, UCF CECS, FC2, and NVIDIA.

🔖 Patents

US 9578125 (2017)
US 9489514 (2016)
US 8745696 (2014)
US 8112386 (2012)
US 14/868594 (2017)
US 15/147387 (2017)
US 14/923210 (2016)
US 14/510655 (2015)
US 14/186644 (2015)
EP 2916256A1 (2015)

🚀 Features

Rogue AP Detection
Voice Impersonation