The University of Alabama Cyber Research Initiatives. Cyber Forensics Research Cyber Security Research

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The University of Alabama

Cyber Research Initiatives

Cyber Forensics Research

Cyber Security Research


Cyber Forensics Research

Department of Criminal Justice

College of Arts and Sciences


Cyber Crime Research Objectives

Department of Criminal Justice

Our objective is to work closely with local,






agencies to develop a research/teaching

laboratory and a certified cyber forensics






processing the existing backlog of cases

involving portable digital devices (cell

phones, iPads, etc).


UA CJ Cyber Affiliations








Cyber Crime Faculty

Department of Criminal Justice

Dr. Diana Dolliver, Assistant Professor

Dr. Diana S. Dolliver’s areas of expertise include cybercrime, transnational organized crime and drug trafficking, and the existing links between these criminal phenomena. She

works closely with members of law enforcement in the U.S. and abroad, in addition to collaborating with scholars from around the world on issues of comparative crime. Her

current research endeavors include examining the legal, forensic, and criminological aspects of cyberterrorism, and investigating drug trafficking organizations’ (DTOs)


Cyber Crime Faculty

Department of Criminal Justice

Dr. Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar, Assistant Professor

Dr. Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar’s areas of expertise include the psychological and social factors related to computer

deviance, specifically the personality characteristics of

Internet child pornography users and computer hackers. Her current research endeavors to encourage an interdisciplinary approach to understanding computer deviance from a

behavioral sciences perspective: utilizing computer forensic evidence to profile child pornography users and contact

offenders, understanding the relationship between Asperger syndrome and computer hacking, and assessing the

relationship between adult pornography use and later deviant pornography use. Dr. Seigfried-Spellar has submitted several NSF grants involving international collaboration with Russia, Ireland, and Singapore as well as a NIJ grant working with Alabama and Indiana’s Internet Crimes Against Children taskforce


Cyber Security Research

Department of Computer Science


Department of Electrical and Computer


Department of Management and Information


Center for Advanced

Public Safety

Dr. Allen Parrish, Director

18 faculty, 25 students, 55 professional staff $8M/year in research

Public safety applied research and technology:

Live field data collection (citations, crash reports,

crime reports)

Criminal information sharing Advanced GIS-based analytics

Optimizing law enforcement deployment through

OR-based algorithms

Traffic safety roadway and behavioral research Support a number of live mission-critical systems for


Cyber Security


Department of Computer Science

• Accountability and Logging • Intrusion Detection, • Authentication • Cipher Design • Cyber Attacks

• Smart Grid Security • Privacy and Anonymity • Security Visualization • Telemedicine Security • Tradeoff of Security and

Performance • Key Management • Secure Routing • Secure Aggregation • Worm Propagation • Secure Synchronization • GENI Security • Access Control • Cloud Computing Security • Wireless Security • RFID Security Industry Security


Funded Projects

Accountability at the Wireless Medium Access Control Layer, NSF

Error-resistant, RFID-assisted Wireless Sensor Networks for Elder Cardiac Tele-Healthcare, NSF

GENI Experiments for Traffic Capture Capabilities and Security Requirement Analysis, NSF

An Integrated Denial of Service (DoS) Mitigation Scheme for Tactical Networks DOD U.S. Army

Proactive and Adaptive Reconfiguration for Reliable Communication in Tactical Networks DOD U.S. Army


Cyber Security Faculty

Department of Computer Science

Dr. Jeffrey Carver, Associate Professor

Dr. Jeffrey Carver’s overall research goal is improving the quality and reliability of software through the use of

empirical software engineering. His research focuses on developing, measuring and improving processes and

tools that will impact software quality with respect to certain attributes, such as cost, reliability and security. The overriding goal of empirical software engineering research is to provide concrete data, observations and evidence to support a decision-making process.

Empirical software engineering techniques also allow researchers and practitioners to gather information to provide a deeper understanding of the context(s) in which techniques and methods are most useful.


Cyber Security Faculty

Department of Computer Science

Dr. Jeffrey Carver

Empirically Evaluating and Quantifying the Effects of

Inspections and Testing on Security Vulnerabilities (Current Project) – ARO/NSA

CT-ISG: Empirically-Based Visualization for Computer

Security and Forensics (Previous Project) - NSF

Analysis, Documentation and Evaluation of Security

Analysts’ Work Practices (Previous Project) - ARL


Cyber Security Research

Department of Computer Science

Xiaoyan Hong, PhD, Associate Professor

Dr. Hong’s research interests include mobile and

wireless networks, future wireless Internet and high performance networks. Her current research covers mobile ad hoc networks, wireless Mesh networks,

vehicular networks, and delay tolerant networks. She has received over $1.5 million in external funding,


Cyber Security Research

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Fei Hu, Associate Professor

• Medical Security: Overcome different attacks to implanted medical devices (IMDs) and medical information networks. (Funded by NSF # CNS Cyber Trust #0716455, $400K, PI: Dr. Fei Hu)

(1) IMD security: Developed cyber-physical security schemes (via Chaos-based circuit design) to overcome wireless pacemaker power charge attacks. Example publication: Fei Hu, et. al., “Trustworthy Data

Collection from Implantable Medical Devices (IMDs) via High-speed Security Implementation Based on Industry Standard IEEE

(2) Medical privacy and security: Proposed low-cost security schemes to protect the patient’s privacy and medical information database.

Example publication: Fei Hu, et, al., "Privacy-Preserving Tele-cardiology Sensor Networks: Towards A Low-cost, Portable Wireless Hardware / Software Co-design ", IEEE


Cyber Security Research

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Fei Hu

• Wireless Security: Overcome attacks in different wireless networks including wireless RFID/sensor networks and Cognitive Radio

Networks. (Funded by DoD and Cisco University Research Program)

(1) RFID/Sensor security: Proposed low-cost, low-energy security schemes to protect the data access to the tiny RFID readers/tags and wireless micro-sensors. Example publication: Fei Hu, Waqaas Siddiqui, "LESS: Light-Weight Security Solution for Wireless Sensor Networks Based on a Scalable Tree-Ripple-Zone Routing Scheme," IEEE Monograph

(2) Cognitive Radio Network (CRN) Security: CRNs are one of the latest wireless networks. We have proposed efficient schemes to overcome control channel saturation attacks and primary user emulation attacks. Example publication: Fei Hu, et al., "Specific Attacks and

Countermeasures in Multi-hop Cognitive Radios Networks",


Cyber Security Faculty

Management and Information Sciences

Dr. Clay Posey, Assistant Professor

Dr. Posey joined UA in Fall 2012 after working as a systems analyst in the transportation industry. His research

interests lie in information security, protection-motivated behaviors, and insider computer abuse. His research has been published or is forthcoming in European Journal of Information Systems, Computers & Security, Journal of

Information System Security, and Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, among others His research on

information-security related behaviors of organizational

insiders has been funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and IBM. Dr. Posey is a member of the Association for

Information Systems (AIS) and IFIP Working Group 8.11/11.13 - Information Systems Security Research.