The Secure & Transparent Systems Laboratory

The STS Lab confronts issues of security and transparency in computer systems and networks. Within this broad area, we are especially interested in the challenges of detecting, investigating, and preventing intrusions in various computing environments such as operating systems, organizations, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things. Increasingly, our work investigates and addresses the concerns of the users that interact with these systems.

Akul Goyal’s work on attacking provenance-based intrusion detection systems, “Sometimes, You Aren’t What You Do: Mimicry Attacks against Provenance Graph Host Intrusion Detection Systems,” has been accepted to NDSS’23. Congrats Akul!

Posted 21 Dec 2022 by Adam

Excited to announce that a second paper from our group, “Characterizing Everyday Misuse of Smart Home Devices,” will be appearing at IEEE S&P 2023. Congrats to our student authors Pubali Datta (UIUC), Phoebe Moh (UMD), and Noel Warford (UMD)!

Posted 09 Nov 2022 by Adam

Our ESORICS’22 work on “Equivocal URLs” was just recognized with the Best Paper Award! Congrats to lead author Joshua Reynolds!

Posted 28 Sep 2022 by Adam

Professor Bates joined Illinois Public Media’s “The 21st” public radio talk show to discuss the group’s recent work on privacy in fitness and health tracking apps! You can listen here:

Posted 23 Aug 2022 by Adam