PATRIOT Lab (Protection and Threat Research for the Internet of Things)

The PATRIOT Lab is focused on the security of the devices, communication networks, and related cloud services that comprise the Internet of Things (IoT).  IoT devices are individual digital devices or digital devices embedded into a vast array of commercial and consumer products that can send and receive data through the Internet.  The structure and nature of IoT devices may make them an important vector for malicious attacks. The Patriot Lab intends to research and propose solutions for securing the Internet of Things.

Protecting data security and privacy is challenging in an interconnected world. In the Internet of Things, the security is not measured by the most advanced security techniques we have on “Things”. It is measured by the weakest link we have in a communication chain. The PATRIOT Lab aims to test, study, and address security and privacy issues on emerging technologies, such as mobile devices, cloud, social networks, and cyber physical systems, and mitigate the security risks of the Internet of Things. To achieve the goal, 1) the lab will conduct cutting edge research on emerging technologies to discover vulnerabilities and create innovative and practical approaches to mitigate risks, 2) the lab will collaborate with industry partners to develop and commercialize testing procedures, tools, and software products which will lead creating new intellectual property and job opportunities in South Dakota, 3) the lab will include both undergraduate and graduate students working on research projects with faculty and security professionals. The students will be trained and prepared for future cyber security challenges, 4) the lab will also work closely with the public and the private sectors including K12 in Madison, the South Dakota, and the Midwest to educate and protect our communities.

PATRIOT lab is built on our previous research on mobile security, cloud security, and social networks. Our research was previously supported by the NSF (CNS 1040442, CNS 1123220, and CNS 1337529) and the state of South Dakota. Our research findings have been published in many prestigious journals and conference such as IEEE Computer, IEEE Cloud, IEEE Globecom, IEEE CCNC, IEEE ICNC, and AMCIS.

PATRIOT Lab Director

Yong Wang
Yong Wang
Yong Wang

Position: Associate Research Professor

Department: The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences

M.Eng., Wuhan University, China
Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Dr. Wang received his B.S. and M.S.E degrees in Computer Science from Wuhan University (China) in 1995 and 1998. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2007. His research focuses on security and privacy issues in wireless networks, mobile devices, cloud, and Internet of Things. His research is supported by both the National Science Foundation and the state of South Dakota.