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DSU professor to speak at DEF CON

Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences

Dr. Bramwell BrizendineDr. Bramwell Brizendine, assistant professor of computer and cyber sciences, has been selected to speak at DEF CON 27 August 8-11 in Las Vegas.

DEF CON is a “hacker convention,” an event attended by students, industry professionals, and federal law enforcement agents. Typical attendance is over 20,000; the 2018 event hosted over 25,000.

Brizendine will present work from his recent doctoral dissertation, a software exploitation tool he created for Jump-oriented Programming (JOP), which he explains, “fills an unmet need for software exploitation.” The title of the talk is “The JOP ROCKET: A Supremely Wicked Tool for JOP Gadget Discovery, or What to Do If ROP Is Too Easy.”  Dr. Josh Stroschein, Brizendine’s dissertation advisor, will join as a co-speaker.

“One of the highlights for me is having a software exploitation tool that I spent countless long nights building and rebuilding being exposed to a wide audience through DEF CON,” Brizendine said. “When you create something like the JOP ROCKET, you are working in a vacuum, and you never know if others will ever even see or use it, so I am excited to see what users may think of it.”

Brizendine also plans to use the tool in the classroom, giving students “a chance to work with cutting-edge technology. This will “allow Ph.D. students to learn a more advanced exploit technique that otherwise would have been totally inaccessible to them.”

Other speakers at the event include students, research engineers, Congressional representatives, and government officials.