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ITI | CIRI Seminar: DHS Summer Research Team, "Investigation of Security Weakness and Vulnerability in IoT Routing Protocol and Solution"

Event Type
Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute
wifi event
Aug 4, 2020   1:00 pm  
Shangli Yuan and Tooba Hashmi, University of Houston Downtown
Katie Balch
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Abstract: As an emerging technology, Internet of Things is rapidly revolutionizing the global communication network with billions of new devices deployed and connected with each other. Compared to traditional Internet, IoT networks often operate in harsh environment that causes frequent traffic loss and delays; and IoT devices are often severally constrained in computational power, network bandwidth, and power supply. It is therefore imperative for IoT network to establish and maintain reliable and secure network connection. In this study, we focus our effort on RPL - Routing Protocol for Low Power and Lossy Networks, a dominate routing protocol designed by IEEE and IETF. We investigate new weakness and vulnerability in this protocol, especially in large and dense IoT network, and develop mitigation solutions.


Bios: Dr. Shengli Yuan received his M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas. He worked in the networking industry for years as a senior software engineer at various major network equipment manufacturers, before joining the University of Houston-Downtown where he currently serves as a full professor. His research interests include network security and reliability, optical and wireless network architectures and protocols. He has authored many peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, and served as PI and CO-PI of numerous federal and state grants. He is a senior member of IEEE.


Tooba Hashmi received her B.S degree in Computer Science from University of Houston--Downtown. Her research interests in cyber and computer security, network architecture and project management have influenced her decision to pursue higher education by pursuing a M.S. in Cyber Security at the University of Houston--Main this upcoming fall. She is interested to see how in this age of the digital revolution, does security remain pertinent

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