Our work in IA at the University of New Orleans spans many areas, including digital forensics, reverse engineering, malware analysis, penetration testing, virtual machine introspection, improved hashing schemes, and the use of high performance compute clusters and GPUs to support massively threaded security tools.  Our work is funded by a number of federal, state, and local sources, including the National Science Foundation, Naval Rearch Lab, DoD, and the Naval Postgraduate School.

Research Challenges: 

All of our work is very applied, and a top priority is developing techniques and building tools that have a measurable impact on the state-of-the-art in digital forensics, reverse engineering, malware detection and mitigation, and other important areas in IA.

Technical Details: 

A number of interesting projects are currently underway in the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance.  These include:

"Towards Temporal-Spatial Cyber Attack Forensics—a Binary Analysis-Centric Approach,” National Science Foundation, PI, $1.2M (collaborative effort with Purdue, Dongyan Xu and Xiangyu Zhang), 2014-2017.

“EDU: Lightweight Environment for Network Security Education,” National Science Foundation, 2014-2016, $299,846."

"Automatic Live Malware Forensic Analysis in a Cloud-computing Environment," Board of Regents - Louisiana, Funding: $167,115, 2014-2017.

"Tools for Large-Scale Data Correlation," Naval Postgraduate School, $441,000, 2011-2014.

"SaTC: EAGER: Integrating Cognitive and Computer Science to Improve Cyber Security: Selective Attention and Personality Traits for the Detection and Prevention of Risk," National Science Foundation $238,586, 2014-2015.

"Immersive IA Training for High School Teachers,” National Science Foundation / NSA, CyberSTARS program, one of six proposals funded nationwide, $87,680, 2013-2014. 

“TC-Small-Virtual Machine Introspection-based Live Forensics for Detection of Malicious Software,” National Science Foundation, PI: Richard, $498,984, 2009-2014. 

We currently have the following projects under submission:

"SCADA Testbed for Research and Education at the University of New Orleans", Office of Naval Research, The Department of Defense (DoD) Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP), PI (Co-PIs: Golden G. Richard III, and Vassil Roussev), Funding: $308,420, Project Duration: 1 year.

A selection of our recently completed projects includes:

“High-Performance Infrastructure for Information Assurance Research and Education,"Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund Enhancement Program,” $75,000, 2012-2013.

"Tools for Large Scale Analysis of Cyber Forensics and Security," Naval Postgraduate School, $140,000, 2010-2011.

"Platform Independent Secure Mobile Computing," SPAWAR / Department of Defense, 2010-2011, $270,550.

"Scalable Data Fingerprinting", Office of Naval Research, $56,405, 2009.

“CPATH-1: Collaborative Research: a Verification-Driven Learning Model that Enriches CS and Related Undergraduate Programs, National Science Foundation, 2010-2012, $194,998.