CIS faculty received an NSF research grant in cybersecurity

March 14, 2020

Dr. Anys Bacha, Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Science, received an NSF grant to support his research on developing solutions to defend against ransomware across mobile and computer systems while introducing minimal performance overhead.

Dr. Anys Bacha, Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Science, received an NSF research grant in an amount of $175,000 to support his project entitled "An Integrated Treatment of Ransomware Through Microarchitecture and Software Solutions" from 7/1/2020 to 6/30/2022. Cyber-criminals are constantly seeking ways to make their attacks profitable. As a result, various mobile users, businesses, and government agencies are falling victim to a new disruptive class of malware known as ransomware. Ransomware allows attackers to maliciously encrypt user data then extort them for ransom in return for restoring their encrypted data. This project aims to develop novel detection and recovery solutions to defend against ransomware across mobile and computer systems while introducing minimal performance overhead.

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