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Journal paper accepted to TDSC

TDSC is a top journal in the area.

Emerging-Image Motion CAPTCHAs: Vulnerabilities of Existing Designs, and Countermeasures
Song Gao, Manar Mohamed, Nitesh Saxena, and Chengcui Zhang
In IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC), 2017.



SPIES research wins high school student accolades


Summer-VoSummer Vo, a high school student from the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA),  who worked with Dr. Saxena and Maliheh Shirvanian on security research this past entire year, won the third place at the 2017 Central Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair (CARSEF) in the Computer Science and Mathematics category.  At the same competition, she was awarded the INTEL Excellence in Computer Science Outstanding Achievement. 

Summer is joining the MIT EECS program this Fall, majoring in Computer Science.

Congratulations on all round great achievements!


Two papers accepted to WiSec 2017

The SPIES group has two full papers accepted to WiSec 2017:




Paper accepted to the Journal of Computer Security

Manar Mohamed, Song Gao, Niharika Sachdeva, Nitesh Saxena, Chengcui Zhang, Ponnurangam Kumaraguru and Paul van Oorschot. On the Security and Usability of Dynamic Cognitive Game CAPTCHAs. In Journal of Computer Security (JCS), 2017.


Ajaya Neupane awarded Outstanding CIS PhD Student

Ajaya Neupane has been recognized by UAB as the outstanding graduating PhD student in CIS. He received this award at the Honors Convocation, Mar, 2017. Congratulations!



Ajaya Neupane Wins Competitive NIJ Fellowship

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Launching the UAB CyberCorps SFS Web Site

Actively soliciting applications.

The eligible candidates can apply directly to the MS CFSM program, but should note that they are interested in the UAB SFS program in their statement of career goals and objectives. The deadline to apply for Fall 2017 is June 1, 2017. However, the sooner you apply the better.


Paper accepted to ICDCS 2017

SPHINX: A Password Store that Perfectly Hides Passwords from Itself.
Maliheh Shirvanian, Stanislaw Jarecki, Hugo Krawczyk  and Nitesh Saxena
In IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS) , June 2017.


A $2.15 Million NSF SFS Grant Led by Dr. Saxena

sfs-certDr. Saxena, as the lead investigator, has been awarded a $2.15 million grant from the NSF Scholarship for Service (SFS) program. The grant will support, via highly paid scholarships (about $50K, a year per student, in tuition, stipends and perks), several Masters students pursuing cyber security degrees, especially the MS CFSM program (which Dr. Saxena has been co-directing for many years now) over the next 5 years. Co-investigators include: Drs. Bangalore, Zheng and Walker.

NSF SFS is a highly competitive program, and with this grant UAB joins an elite group of universities doing cutting-edge work to prepare a US cyber workforce ready to fight out and (hopefully) win cyber wars with malicious attackers out there in the wild!


UAB News Release





Paper accepted to FC 2017

PEEP: Passively Eavesdropping Private Input via Brainwave Signals
Ajaya Neupane, Md. Lutfor Rahman and Nitesh Saxena
In Financial Cryptography and Data Security (FC), April 2017.

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