DATE: 31 August 2018
LOCATION: Kristan Nygaards Hall (Room 5370), IFI - OJD House.
10:00h Welcome at IFI
10:15h Invited Talk:
- TITLE: An Adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication (A-MFA) System
SPEAKER: Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta
Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) is the current trend to genuinely identify authorized users (in multiple ways) through an authentication process via passwords, security tokens, biometrics, cognitive behavior metrics, software/hardware sensors, etc. Existing MFA systems typically use static policies for selecting authentication factors and do not consider dynamic aspects of the operating environment. We are developing an authentication framework for adaptive selection of multiple modalities at different operating environment so to make authentication strategy unpredictable to the hackers. This methodology, called adaptive multi-factor authentication (A-MFA) incorporates a novel approach of calculating trustworthy values of different authentication factors while being used under different user environmental settings. Accordingly, a subset of authentication factors are determined (at triggering events) on the fly thereby leaving no exploitable a priori pattern or clue for adversaries. Empirical studies are conducted with varying environmental settings and the performance of the adaptive MFA is compared with other selection strategies. The empirical results reflects that such a methodology of adaptive authentication can provide legitimacy to user transactions with an added layer of access protection that is not rely on a fixed set of authentication modalities. Robustness of the system is assured by designing the framework in such a way that if any modality data get compromised, the system can still perform flawlessly using other non-compromised modalities. Scalability can also be achieved by adding new and/or improved modalities with existing set of modalities and integrating the operating/configuration parameters for the added modality. A Patent (#9,912,657) on Adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication System is granted on June 6, 2018.
Dipankar Dasgupta is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Memphis. His research interests are broadly in the area of scientific computing, design, and development of intelligent cyber security solutions inspired by biological processes. He is one of the founding fathers of the field of artificial immune systems, his graduate level textbook on “Immunological Computation”, was published by CRC press in 2009. He also edited two books: one on Evolutionary Algorithms in Engineering Applications and the other is entitled "Artificial Immune Systems and Their Applications", published by Springer-Verlag. His latest authored textbook on Advances in User Authentication is published by Springer-Verlag, August, 2017.
Dr. Dasgupta is at the forefront of research in applying bio-inspired and machine learning approaches to cyber defense. Some of his groundbreaking works, like digital immunity, negative authentication, cloud insurance model, and Auth-Spectrum put his name in Computer World Magazine and other News media. Prof. Dasgupta is an Advisory Board member of Geospatial Data Center (GDC), Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2010, a frequent guest speaker and worked on joint research projects with MIT.
Dr. Dasgupta has more than 250 publications with 15000+ citations and having h-index of 57 as per Google scholar. He received five Best Paper Awards at international conferences (1996, 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2017) and two Best Runner-Up Paper Awards (2013 and 2014): one from ACM Information Security Curriculum Development in October 2013, and the other from ACM Cyber and Information Security Research (CISR-9) Conference in April 2014. He is the recipient of 2012 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award, the highest distinction and most prestigious honor given to a faculty member by the University of Memphis. Prof. Dasgupta received the 2014 ACM SIGEVO Impact Award, and also designated as an ACM Distinguished Speaker; gave more than 350 invited talks.
In addition to Prof. Dasgupta’s research and creative activities, he also spearheads the University of Memphis’s education, training and outreach activities on Information Assurance (IA). He is the founding Director of the Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) which is a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE) and in Research (CAE-R). He is spearheading the University’s CAST (Cluster to Advance Cyber-Security and Testing) new initiative (funded by the FedEx Corporation) in promoting cross-disciplinary information security research. Because of the center’s wide range of activities, the University of Memphis is in the forefront of information security research, education, and outreach in the state as well as in the region.
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