PATRIOT Lab targets to protect data security and privacy, remediate vulnerabilities and mitigate security risks for the Internet of Things. Many threats and attacks have been found and reported on the Internet today. Cybercrime costs were widely reported and cost business globally between $400 and $500 billion in 2015. Imaging a world where billions of “Things”, e.g., vehicles, buildings, appliances, and mobile devices, are connected to the Internet, the impact of any security incidents and financial loss will be enormous.
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.
Position: Associate Research Professor of Information Assurance
Department: Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences
M.Eng., Wuhan University, China
Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Dr. Wang is an associate professor of computer science and network security at Dakota State University. He received his B.S. and M.S.E degrees in Computer Science from Wuhan University (China) in 1995 and 1998, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2007. Before he joined DSU in 2012, he had spent 10 years in telecommunication industry as a senior software engineer and a team leader. His research areas include optical networks, wireless networks, and social networks. His research focuses on network security and privacy issues such as secure group communication, key management issues, secure routing protocols, and intrusion detection. His current research projects include mobile security, cloud security, Internet of Things, and big data. He is a co-author of three books and has published 50+ peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. His research is supported by both the National Science Foundation and the state of South Dakota. He received Merrill Hunter Award for Excellence in Research from Dakota State University in 2015. Dr. Wang welcomes motivated undergraduate and graduate students to participate in his research projects.