Seminar: Toward a science of Cyber Security from Spamhaus to our home by Prof. Bud Mishra from NYU

Date: March 18,2014 4pm


In March of 2013, what started as a minor dispute between Spamhaus and Cyberbunker culminated in a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that was so massive, it was claimed to have slowed internet speeds around the globe. The attack clogged servers with dummy internet traffic at a rate of about 300 gigabits per second. By comparison, the largest observed DDoS attacks typically against banks had thus far registered only 50 gigabits per second. The record breaking Spamhaus/Cyberbunker conflict arose 13 years after the publication of best practices on preventing DDoS attacks, and it was not an isolated event.

Recently, NYU’s Courant Institute and Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute have collaboratively devised a game-theoretic approaches to address various cyber security problems involving exchange of information (asymmetrically). This research aims to discover and understand complex structures of malicious use cases within the context of secure systems with the goal of developing an incentives-based measurement system that ensures a high level of resilience to attack. The talk will be self-contained building up on a discussion of game-theory, signaling games, deception, handicap principle, credible and non-crdeible threats, evolutionarily stable strategies, etc.


Bud Mishra is a professor of computer science and mathematics at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, professor of human genetics Mt Sinai School of Medicine, and a professor of cell biology at NYU School of Medicine. Bud has a degree in Physics from Utkal University, in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, and MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University. Bud is also a visiting scholar at CSHL's Institute of Quantitative Biology, and an adjunct professor at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)  in Mumbai, India. From 2001-04, he was a professor at the Watson School of Biological Sciences, Cold Spring Harbor Lab (CSHL). Bud is an IIT, Kgp Distinguished Alumnus (2011), NYSTAR Distinguished Professor (2001), AAAS Fellow (engineering: robotics, hardware verification and computational biology), IEEE fellow (robotics and automation) and a fellow of the ACM (computational biology and symbolic computation).

He is a co-inventor of Optical Mapping, Array Mapping, and Copy-Number Variation Mapping in biotechnologies. His other technological inventions include model checker for circuit verification, robot grasping and fixturing algorithms, reactive robotics, real-time schedulers, and nanotechnology for DNA profiling.