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: Systems Security and Privacy; namely:

Links: DBLP | Google Scholar | SEAL@UCF.
Openings: 1) We have 3 (PhD, GRA) openings for 2020!. 2) I am always looking for undergraduate students with solid CS background

📡 Recent News

  • 01/2019: I will be the general co-chair (with Zhi-Li Zhang) of ACM CoNEXT 2019, which will be held in Orlando!
  • 01/2019: I will be the PC co-chair (with Wenjing Lou) of 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!

📚 Selected 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
Exploring Spatial, Temporal, and Logical Attacks on the Bitcoin Network (19.6%)
IEEE ICDCS 2019
XLF: A Cross-layer Framework to Secure the Internet of Things (vision track)
IEEE ICBC 2019
RouteChain: Towards Blockchain-based Secure and Efficient BGP Routing(19.6%)
IEEE ICBC 2019
Mempool Optimization for Defending Against DDoS Attacks in PoW-based Blockchain Systems (19.6%)
IEEE/IFIP DSN 2019
Where Are You Taking Me? Behavioral Analysis of Open DNS Resolvers (~20%)
IEEE IoT J 2019
Analyzing and Detecting Emerging Internet of Things Malware: A Graph-based Approach (9.515)
IEEE IoT J 2019
Two-Stage IoT Device Scheduling with Dynamic Programming for Energy Internet Systems (9.515)
IEEE TDSC 2019
Towards Low-Cost Mechanisms to Enable Restoration of Encrypted Non-Volatile Memories (6.404)
IEEE TDSC 2019
A Data-Driven Study of DDoS Attacks and Their Dynamics (6.404)
IEEE TMC 2019
Catch Me If You Can: Rogue Access Point Detection Using Intentional Channel Interference (4.474)
IEEE TMC 2019
Pricing Data Tampering in Automated Fare Collection with NFC-equipped Smartphones (4.474)
IEEE TMC 2019
Android Malware Detection using Complex-Flows (4.474)
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%)
ACM/IEEE ToN 2018
Delving into Internet DDoS Attacks by Botnets: Characterization and Analysis (3.597)
IEEE TDSC 2018
Look-aside At Your Own Risk: Privacy Implications of DNSSEC Look-aside Validation (6.404)
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%)
IEEE TDSC 2015
Timing Attacks on Access Privacy in ICN and Countermeasures (6.404)
ACM IMC 2014
Measuring Domain Forwarding and Applications at the Internet Scale (20.3%)
IEEE TDSC 2014
Secure encounter-based social networks: Requirements, challenges, and designs (6.404)
IEEE TMC 2014
Keylogging-resistant Visual Authentication Protocols (4.474)
ACM ASIACCS 2013
Dynamix: anonymity on dynamic social structures (22%)
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%)

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (2018 -)
  • Area Editor (security), Wiley ETRI Journal (2018 -)

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) Jeman Park (PhD, 2016)
Hisham Alasmary (PhD, 2017)
Afsah Anwar (PhD, 2017)
Amin Khormali (PhD, 2017)
Muhammad Saad (PhD, 2017)
Ahmed Abusnaina (PhD, 2018)
Ülkü Meteriz (PhD, 2018)
Necip Fazıl Yıldıran (PhD, 2019)
Sultan Alshamrani (PhD, 2019)
Priyanka Gona (M.Sc., 2019)
Samprati Upadhyay (M.Sc., 2019)
Connor Austin (B.Sc., 2018)
Destinee Stephen (B.Sc., 2018)
Mikal Young (B.Sc., 2019)
Coty Tuggle (B.Sc., 2018)
Gianni Lotz (B.Sc., 2019)
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