Research

Latest publications from our co-investigator

Here are the latest scientific publications our co-investigators:   Books C Boyd, A Mathuria, D. Stebila: Protocols for Authentication and Key Establishment, Second Edition, Information Security and Cryptography. Springer, 2019. In press. Blayne Haggart, Kathryn Henne, N. Tusikov: Information, Technology and Control in a Changing WorldUnderstanding Power Structures in the 21st Century Book chapters Barry Cartwright, George RS Weir, R. …

Evaluating Online Registration: The Canadian Case

Our co-investigator Holly-Ann Garnett published a new article on evaluating online registration. The article evaluates online voter registration, using the case of Elections Canada’s introduction of an online voter registration service in advance of the 2015 Canadian general election. It asks two major questions: (1) What sociodemographic and attitudinal characteristics can predict online registration usage? …

Detection of Information Systems Misuse in Big Data

The workplace is a radically different environment since Information Systems (IS) became one of the strongest enablers for its processes. But IS can be misused. Security issues in IS are becoming more prevalent than ever before. In addition to the significant damage of these acts, the stakeholders deemed accountable for these events have faced severe …

Why don’t employees follow security policy ?

Information Security Policy Compliance: An Empirical Study of Rationality-Based Beliefs and Information Security Awareness Burcu Bulgurcu and researchers from the Saunders School of Business at the University of British Colombia looked into the problem of employees not complying with security policy.  Security policy is (generally) put in place to protect the company from attacks directed …

Science, Security, and the Elusive Goal of Security as a Scientific Pursuit

Cormac Herley presents work done with Paul van Oorshot on some historic ideas that might help us work towards a common science for information security.  This is something that we all need in order to progress the field. “Claims that uniques aspects of security exempt it from a scientific approach are unhelpful.”  There has been …

Why would a criminal videotape their crimes? Crime and Punishment in the Age of the Selfie

Criminals documenting themselves doing something illegal seems counterproductive. Creating a video that could prove their guilt seems bizarre.  Even though it is illogical, it still happens.  Sveinung Sandberg and Thomas Ugelvik looked into this phenomenon.  They analyzed 51 Norwegian higher court decisions involving the use of a camera as an integrated part of an offence.  …

Image-Centric Social Discovery Using Neural Network under Anonymity Constraint

A common part of social networks is sharing images. Storing and processing these images to provide engaging services to customers is resource intensive and social networks often rely on cloud services to provide these resources. This creates a potential security risk for the users of the social network platform. Simply encrypting the images before uploading …

Benjamin Fung – Kam1n0 Assembly Clone Search for Reverse Engineering

Presented at the Spring 2016 SERENE-RISC Workshop. Assembly code analysis is one of the critical processes for mitigating the exponentially increasing threats from malicious software. It is also a common practice for detecting and justifying software plagiarism and software patent infringements when the source code is unavailable. However, it is a manually intensive and time-consuming …