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September 13, 2013

Ning Receives NSF Award to Support Wireless Security Research

Dr. Peng Ning, professor of computer science at NC State University, has been awarded $350,000 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research proposal entitled “Is Wireless Channel Dependable for Security Provisioning?”
The award will run from August 12, 2013 to July 31, 2016. 
Abstract –Wireless security is receiving increasing attention as wireless systems become a key component in our daily life as well as critical cyber-physical systems. Recent progress in this area exploits physical layer characteristics to offer enhanced and sometimes the only available security mechanisms. The success of such security mechanisms depends crucially on the correct modeling of underlying wireless propagation. It is widely accepted that wireless channels de-correlate fast over space, and half a wavelength is the key distance metric used in existing wireless physical layer security mechanisms for security assurance. We believe that this channel correlation model is incorrect in general: it leads to wrong hypothesis about the inference capability of a passive adversary and results in false sense of security, which will expose the legitimate systems to severe threats with little awareness. In this project, we seek to understand the fundamental limits in passive inference of wireless channel characteristics, and further advance our knowledge and practice in wireless security.
For more information on Dr. Ning, click here.


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