• International Conference on

    Internet of Things Research and Practice, Sydney, Australia
    iCIOTRP, 24-28 Nov, 2019

Keynote Speakers

Blockchain for the Internet of Things: Challenges and Solutions

Abstract: In recent years, blockchain has attracted tremendous attention to enhance the security, accountability, anonymity, and transparency in the Internet of Things (IoT). However, blockchain is computationally expensive and has limited scalability. In this talk, we propose an IoT-friendly blockchain which significantly reduces blockchain resource consumption. Our design also ensures that the blockchain throughput does not significantly deviate from the cumulative transaction load in the network. Next, we propose a memory optimized and flexible blockchain that enables users to remove transactions while maintaining blockchain consistency which reduces the memory footprint while also allowing users to exercise the right to be forgotten.

Bio: Salil Kanhere is a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW Sydney. He is also a conjoint researcher at CSIRO's Data61 and a participating researcher in the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre. He has held visiting appointments at Technical University Darmstadt, University of Zurich, Graz University of Technology and Institute of Infocom Research Singapore.His research interests include Internet of Things, blockchain, cyber physical systems, applied machine learning and cybersecurity. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and delivered several keynote talks and tutorials on these topics. His research has been featured in various media outlets including ABC News Australia (with Dr. Karl), The Conversation, Forbes, IEEE Spectrum, Wired, ZDNET, Computer World, Medium and MIT Technology Review. He serves as the Editor in Chief of the Ad Hoc Networks Journal and as Associate Editor of Pervasive and Mobile Computing and Computer Communications journals. He is a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship and is an ACM Distinguished Speaker. He regularly serves on the organising committee of top-tier IEEE/ACM conferences in his discipline.

Sensing and Making Sense of Cybersecurity in Internet of Things Networks

Abstract: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a guide of voluntary recommended cybersecurity features to include in Internet of Things (IoT) network capable devices called the Core Baseline. The IoT guides generally are not different to what one would expect to find in basic computer security guides with three exceptions. The first is that an IoT device may not necessarily have data to protect, or conversely, the IoT network may have vast volumes of data requiring protection. Second, from a security perspective, an IoT device may contain sensors that are connected to a network; sensors are unique and inherently more dangerous than a regular computer because they sense the world around us and then directly affect the physical world. Third, many IoT devices cannot be updated and patched. While the NIST Core Baseline is a good start to provide guidance to advanced manufacturers of IoT devices, it is only the beginning with some developers openly stating that new laws are required in the field. This presentation will address the unique issues of securing and making private IoT devices and networks, then look at whether a regulatory solution is required.

Prof Alana Maurushat

Bio: Dr. Alana Maurushat, is Professor of Cybersecurity and Behaviour at Western Sydney University where she holds a joint position in the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, and in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, and is Key Researcher with the CRC Smart Satellites. She is currently researching on Payment Diversion Fraud and Ransomware, Tracking Money-Laundering through Bitcoin Blenders, distributed extreme edge computing for micro-clustered satellites, and Ethical Hacking. She previously was Senior Lecturer in Law, Key Researcher on the CRC Data to Decisions — Big Data in National Security, and Senior Fellow with the Australian Cybersecurity Centre for Research and Education all at UNSW. She is the Cyber-Ambassador for the NSW Cybersecurity Network. She is on the Board of Directors for the cybercrime investigation company IFW Global. She lectures & researches in Cybersecurity, Privacy and Security by Design, Cyber Risk Management, and Artificial Intelligence across the disciplines of Law, Criminology, Business, Political Science and Information Communications Technology. Alana has done consultancy work on Cyber Security, Open Data, Big Data, Technology and Civil Liberties for both the Australian and Canadian governments, industry and NGOs. Alana has done media with 60 Minutes, the New York Times, Insight, ABC, and 730 Report, and is the author of many books and articles.