Winner of ACSC’s Best Cyber Security Solution: Georg T. Becker, University of Massachusetts Amherst

November 27, 2012

Advanced Cyber Security Center

The Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC), New England’s premier consortium of university, industry, and government leaders collaboratively facing cyber security challenges, has named Georg T. Becker of University of Massachusetts Amherst as the winner of its Best Cyber Security Solution. The poster competition, featuring the research work of graduate and post-doctoral students, was sponsored by .406 Ventures, Allied Minds, and Fairhaven Capital. The event, designed to showcase New England’s emerging cyber security talent, was held at the November 15th ACSC Second Annual Conference where students presented their work in poster format to national and regional cyber security experts. Becker’s winning project, which earned him a $1000 award, is titled “Side-channel based watermarks for embedded devices” and focused on cost-effective technology to block product piracy and IP theft through side-channel based watermarks.

“One of the fastest growing and, arguably, the most vital opportunities for innovation is focused on cyber security,” said event sponsor Maria Cirino, Co-Founder and Managing Director .406 Ventures. “Whether it’s defending our infrastructure or protecting consumers, the work being done on the back end to secure new technologies is something we are proud to recognize. Partnering with the ACSC on the conference and the university competition provided .406 Ventures with the opportunity to help identify and develop emerging talent, one of our innovation economy’s greatest assets.”

About the Competition: A featured highlight of the ACSC Second Annual Conference, the Cyber Security Student Poster Session showcased cyber security projects from the region’s emerging cyber security leaders. Twenty-five graduate students and post-docs representing seven research universities presented their state-of-the-art cyber security research to ACSC conference attendees. Projects include ensuring privacy of access patterns with outsourced data to public clouds; methods to authenticate a third-party service without compromising personal identity; and blocking product piracy and IP theft through side-channel based watermarks. University students participating in the poster session were from Boston University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Northeastern University; UMASS, Amherst; UMASS, Boston; UMASS, Lowell; and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The best poster received a cash award sponsored by .406, Allied Minds, and Fairhaven Capital.  Review Committee members included Engin Kirda, Northeastern University; Srini Devadas, MIT; Steven Chong, Harvard University; Azer Bestavros, Boston University; Tanya Zlateva, Boston University; Kathi Fisler, WPI; and Wayne Burleson, UMass.