The Secure & Transparent Systems Laboratory

The STS Lab confronts issues of security and transparency in computer systems and networks. Within this broad area, we investigate challenges in various domains of computing including operating systems, the cloud, and the Internet of Things. Our recent work has evaluated the security of IoT services, introduced mechanisms that defend against USB-based attacks, and designed security-enhanced provenance-aware systems that are capable of reliably tracking and explaining system intrusions.

Note: We will be looking to recruit new graduate students this upcoming admissions season! If you are a prospective graduate student that is interested in our group, please click here for more information.

Professor Bates appears in a Daily Illini article today about the dangers of widespread facial recognition. Many of the issues with social bias in face recognition, and their potential for abuse by attackers, are analogous to hose we recently explored in smart speaker technologies

Posted 06 Sep 2019 by Adam

Congratulations are due to Riccardo Paccagnella! His Masters Thesis, “Towards Trustworthy Foundations for Operating System Forensics,” has been accepted by the university. Following his Masters Degree, Riccardo will be studying hardware security with Professor Christopher Fletcher for his PhD.

Posted 16 Jul 2019 by Adam

Our paper, “Charting the Attack Surface of Trigger-Action IoT Platforms,” has been accepted to the 26th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS’19)! Congrats to lead authors Pubali Datta and Qi Wang.

Posted 24 Jun 2019 by Adam

We have a second article appearing in the July/August edition of IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine! Adam Bates and Wajih Ul Hassan breakdown the societal threat of APTs and explain how advancements in the audit literature can transform the way we defend organizations.

Posted 26 Apr 2019 by Adam