Seminar On practical Security

Welcome to the NINTH annual BU RISCS Seminar On practical Security. The seminar meets Fridays during the summer (June 7 - August 23, 2018) from noon-1pm in PHO 339.

This page provides organizational information for the seminar.


The intent of the seminar is to focus on practical elements of security, including implementation, offensive and defensive approaches, and even physical security: the type of security that is typically represented in less academic hacker conferences such as BLACKHAT, DEFCON, BSIDES, SHMOOCON, or the Chaos Computing Congress. Such practical areas of security have still weakly permeated the academic community, and yet the academic world can provide a lot of needed guidance and fundamental thinking, in addition to getting some grounding in real-world challenges.

All elements of practical security are in scope for this seminar. For example, entropy-reducing attacks on current implementations of random-number generators are appropriate, whereas a novel cryptosystem predicated on the ability of pigs to fly might not be (unless, of course, you provide a demonstration of said pigs).

Seminar list

A presentation icon (presentation) denotes an accompanying slideshow provided by the speaker.

Date Speaker 1 Speaker 2
June 7 Trishita Tiwari: LocationLeakage AriTrachtenberg: SideChannelFaves
June 14 Nathan Burrow: RessilientMissionComputer Nathan Burrow: ShadowStacks
June 21 Johannes Becker: TrackingBluetooth Onur Zungur: SecuringBYOD
June 28 Alex Oleinik: ProtectingInterpretedApps Muhammad Anas Imtiaz: SelfishBitcoinMining
July 5 Sarah Scheffler: PrivateContactDiscovery Mahdieh Zabihimayvan: TorEcosystem
July 12 Bowen Song: BreakingContracts presentation Jonathan Chamberlain: BreakingLTE presentation
July 19 Zhenpeng Shi: MiningGames presentation Beliz Kaleli: LeakingReferers
July 26 Ari Trachtenberg: CyberweekRedux
August 2 Bidipta Sarkar: DoorSecurity Nicolas Alhaddad: WifiTracking
August 9 Ziyuan Qin: UsableSecureComputing Sean Brandenburg: KeyloggingSideChannels presentation
August 16 Marcella Hastings: SecureMultipartyComputation John Mikulskis: RealLifeDos
August 23 Margot Bauman: SecureEnclaves Stefan Gvozdenovic: TBD

Older seminars

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Suggested Papers

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Hacker conference videos

BU students and faculty may access videos of some hacker conferences (some require a kerberos ID):