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Evolutionary Computation in Cyber Security

Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta
Professor of Computer Science
Director, Center for Information Assurance

The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152


In today's world, usage of computing devices and information technology are increasing in every wake of life. The Internet is providing unimaginable benefit to the humanity—brings people together, makes the world seems smaller, opens up new opportunities, increases exchange of ideas in rapid innovation, etc. However, cyberspace is also opening the possibility for greater danger of harm on a larger scale. The cyber-attacks, fraud, identity theft, and hacking activities are increasing causing losses in businesses and reducing privacy in the society. Evolutionary Computation (EC) approaches appear to be promising to enhance cyber security measures, and in building robust cyber defense systems. In particular, the EC-based approaches have increasingly been applied in designing and testing secure software and adaptive solutions to protect cyber and critical infrastructures against threats and dynamic attacks.

This tutorial will cover various EC applications in designing secure protocols, intrusion detection systems, user authentication, cloud security, etc. The tutorial will also discuss the use of evolutionary games to simulate attacker and defender over a wide spectrum of cyber threat scenarios. I will also demonstrate MOEA-based software (called MEGHNAD) for estimating cloud security coverage which embedded industry compliance standards and requirements.



Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Memphis, Tennessee, USA. His research interests are broadly in the area of scientific computing, design, and development of intelligent software solutions inspired by biological processes. His areas of special interests include Artificial Immune Systems, Genetic Algorithms, Neural Networks, multi-agent systems and their applications in cyber security. He received research funding from various federal organizations including the U.S. Navy, NSF, DARPA, DoD, ONR, DHS and IARPA. Prof. Dasgupta has more than 200 publications which are being cited widely; a search with his name in Google Scholars indicates more than 3,800 citations. Dr. Dasgupta’s work on digital immunity and negative authentication put his name in Computer World Magazine.

Professor Dasgupta is the founding Director of Center for Information Assurance (http://cfia.memphis.edu), a “National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Research (CAE/CAE-R),” as designated by the DHS and NSA. He was a program Co-Chair on Nature Inspired Cyber Health at the National Cyber Leap Year Summit (August 17-19, 2009, Arlington, VA), and Professor Dasgupta was the Principal Investigator of the DHS/FEMA-funded Adaptive Cyber Security Training (ACT Online) Program, which is available nation-wide. Dr. Dasgupta is frequently invited to speak (given more than 150 talks) at leading conferences and at other universities; he has been involved in the program organization and review structure of more than 115 international academic conferences, also serving as a speaker, panelist at many. Dr. Dasgupta is a senior member of IEEE and Life Member of ACM, and is the chair of IEEE Task Force on Artificial Immune Systems. He is a Advisory Board Member of MIT Geocentric Cyber Security Center currently the Associate Editor-in-Chief of Immune Computation Journal and on the editorial board of 5 other journals. He regularly organizes Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Cyber Security (CICS) at IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI).


The length of the tutorial:
two hours.


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