Florida Tech Campus

IoT Security and Privacy Lab

Research Focus

Expanding the transparency and control of IoT devices by examining the state of security and privacy within Internet-of-Things (IoT) ecosystems.

  • Developing novel attack vectors for IoT
  • Identifying systemic design failures in IoT
  • Examine means for better transparency in IoT
  • Leveraging IoT for security education

Publications

  • TJ OConnor, Chris Stricklan. Teaching a Hands-On Mobile and Wireless Cybersecurity Course. ACM Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE). June 2021.  [pdf]
  • Chris Stricklan, TJ OConnor. Towards Binary Diversified Challenges For A Hands-On Reverse Engineering Course. ACM Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE). June 2021. [pdf]
  • Blake Janes, Heather Crawford, and TJ OConnor. Never Ending Story: Authentication and Access Control Design Flaws in Shared IoT Devices. IEEE Security and Privacy SafeThings Workshop. May, 2020. [pdf]
  • TJ OConnor, William Enck, and Bradley Reaves. Blinded and Confused: Uncovering Systemic Flaws in Device Telemetry for Smart-Home Internet of Things, Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec). May, 2019. 

Media & Interviews

  • Fox35 Interview about the DarkSide Ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline (Dr. OConnor) [Link]
  • Fox35 Interview about Water Treatment Plant Compromise (Dr. OConnor) [Link]
  • 2nd Fox35 Interview about Water Treatment Plant Compromise (Dr. OConnor) [Link]
  • Washington Post Story about IoT S&P Lab [Link]
  • Florida Today Story about IoT S&P Lab [Link]
  • Interview with REFirm Labs about Camera Backdoor Discovery (Dr. OConnor) [Link]
  • ITSP Magazine Podcast about our IoT S&P Lab (Dr. OConnor & Dan Campos) [Link]
  • DeviceSecurityIO Interview abouat the state of IoT Security (Dr. OConnor) [Link]
  • Florida Tech Story about IoT S&P Lab and FITSec Team (Josh Connolly & Dr. OConnor) [Link]

Vulnerability Disclosures

News

2021

2020

  • Congratulations to Josh Connolly and Blake Janes, who lead our FITSec Team to be ranked #21/300 for the Fall 2020 National Cyber League Tournament. 
  • The Office of Naval Research has awarded funding for a Florida Tech and the IoT Security and Privacy Lab for Multidisciplinary Approach to Internet-of-Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Research for $249,946.
  • Congratulations to Josh Connolly, who lead our FITSec Team, to a 7th Place Finish at the Spring 2020 National Cyber League Tournament. 
  • Congratulations to Blake Janes for being awarded a $3,133.70 bug bounty from Google! 
  • We are happy to annouce that we partnered with the ReFirm Labs CyberSecurity Education Program, which granted access to the ReFirms Binwalk Enterprise Platform to our students. 
  • We are happy to annouce that we partnered with the CloudShark Education Program, which granted access to the CloudShark Platform to our students.