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Syed Rafiul Hussain

Assistant Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Computer Science and Engineering

Research Areas:

Network and Mobile Systems; Programming Languages and Compilers; Security and Privacy

 
 

 

Education

  • BS, Computer Science and Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, 2009
  • MS, Computer Science, North Carolina State University, 2013
  • Ph D, Computer Science, Purdue University, 2018

Publications

Books

  • Syed Rafiul Hussain, 2020, A Systematic Framework For Analyzing the Security and Privacy of Cellular Networks, Purdue University Graduate School

Journal Articles

  • Elisa Bertino, Syed Rafiul Hussain and Omar Chowdhury, 2020, "5G Security and Privacy: A Research Roadmap", arXiv preprint arXiv:2003.13604
  • Imtiaz Karim, Fabrizio Cicala, Syed Rafiul Hussain, Omar Chowdhury and Elisa Bertino, 2020, "ATFuzzer: Dynamic Analysis Framework of AT Interface for Android Smartphones", Digital Threats: Research and Practice, 1, (4), pp. 1--29
  • Syed Rafiul Hussain, Shagufta Mehnaz, Shahriar Nirjon and Elisa Bertino, 2017, "Secure Seamless Bluetooth Low Energy Connection Migration For Unmodified IoT Devices"
  • Lorenzo Bossi, Elisa Bertino and Syed Rafiul Hussain, 2016, "A System for Profiling and Monitoring Database Access Patterns by Application Programs for Anomaly Detection", IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE)
  • Asmaa Sallam, Elisa Bertino, Syed Rafiul Hussain, David Landers, R. Michael Lefler and Donald Steiner, 2015, "DBSAFE -- An Anomaly Detection System to Protect Databases from Exfiltration Attempts", IEEE Systems Journal
  • Syed Rafiul Hussain, Changda Changda and Elisa Bertino, 2015, "Dictionary Based Secure Provenance Compression for Wireless Sensor Networks", IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON PARALLEL AND DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS (TPDS), 26
  • Syed Rafiul Hussain, Subrata Saha and Ashikur Rahman, 2011, "SAAMAN: scalable address autoconfiguration in mobile ad hoc networks", Journal of Network and Systems Management, 19, (3), pp. 394--426

Conference Proceedings

  • Yohan Beugin, Quinn Burke, Blaine Hoak, Ryan Sheatsley, Eric Pauley, Gang Tan, Syed Rafiul Hussain and Patrick McDaniel, 2022, "Building a Privacy-Preserving Smart Camera System", Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETS)
  • Ankush Singla, Rouzbeh Behnia, Syed Rafiul Hussain, Atilla Yavuz and Elisa Bertino, 2021, "Look Before You Leap: Secure Connection Bootstrapping for 5G Networks to Defend Against Fake Base-Stations", 16th ACM ASIA Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS), 2021., pp. 15
  • Mitziu Echeverria, Zeeshan Ahmed, Bincheng Wang, Fareed Arif, Syed Rafiul Hussain and Omar Chowdhury, 2021, "PHOENIX: Device-Centric Cellular Network Protocol Monitoring using Runtime Verification", The Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), 2021., pp. 18
  • Syed Rafiul Hussain, Imtiaz Karim, Abdullah Ishtiaq, Omar Chowdhury and Elisa Bertino, 2021, "Noncompliance as Deviant Behavior: An Automated Black-box Noncompliance Checker for 4G LTE Cellular Devices,", The 28th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS)
  • Imtiaz Karim, Syed Rafiul Hussain and Elisa Bertino, 2021, "ProChecker: An Automated Security and Privacy Analysis Framework for 4G LTE Protocol Implementations", 41st IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS)
  • Weicheng Wang, Fabrizio Cicala, Syed Rafiul Hussain, Bertino Bertino and Ninghui Li, 2020, "Analyzing the Attack Landscape of Zigbee-enabled IoT Systems and Reinstating Users’ Privacy", The 13th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec)
  • Moosa Yahyazadeh, Syed Rafiul Hussain, Endadul Hoque and Omar Chowdhury, 2020, "PatrIoT: Policy Assisted Resilient Programmable IoT System", International Conference on Runtime Verification, pp. 151--171
  • Ankush Singla, Syed Rafiul Hussain, Omar Chowdhury, Elisa Bertino and Ninghui Li, 2020, "Protecting the 4G and 5G cellular paging protocols against security and privacy attacks", Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS), Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS), Sciendo, 2020, (1), pp. 126--142
  • Syed Rafiul Hussain, Mitziu Echeverria, Imtiaz Karim, Omar Chowdhury and Elisa Bertino, 2019, "5GReasoner: A property-directed security and privacy analysis framework for 5G cellular network protocol", Proceedings of the 2019 ACM SIGSAC Conference on Computer and Communications Security, pp. 669--684
  • Syed Rafiul Hussain, Mitziu Echeverria, Ankush Singla, Omar Chowdhury and Elisa Bertino, 2019, "Insecure connection bootstrapping in cellular networks: the root of all evil", Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec), pp. 1--11
  • Syed Rafiul Hussain, Fabrizio Cicala, Syed Rafiul Hussain, Omar Chowdhury and Elisa Bertino, 2019, "Opening Pandora's box through ATFuzzer: dynamic analysis of AT interface for Android smartphones", Proceedings of the 35th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), pp. 529--543
  • Syed Rafiul Hussain, Mitziu Echeverria, Omar Chowdhury, Ninghui Li and Elisa Bertino, 2019, "Privacy Attacks to the 4G and 5G Cellular Paging Protocols Using Side Channel Information"
  • Syed Rafiul Hussain, Elisa Bertino and Shahriar Nirjon, 2019, "Securing the Insecure Link of Internet-of-Things Using Next-Generation Smart Gateways", IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (DCOSS)
  • Syed Rafiul Hussain, Omar Chowdhury, Shagufta Mehnaz and Elisa Bertino, 2018, "LTEInspector: A Systematic Approach for Adversarial Testing of 4G LTE", Network and Distributed System Symposium (NDSS)
  • Syed Rafiul Hussain, Shagufta Mehnaz, Shahriar Nirjon and Elisa Bertino, 2017, "SeamBlue: Seamless Bluetooth Low Energy Connection Migration for Unmodified IoT Devices", ACM SIGBED International Conference on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks (EWSN)
  • Syed Rafiul Hussain, Shagufta Mehnaz, Shahriar Nirjon and Elisa Bertino, 2017, "Seamless and secure bluetooth LE connection migration", pp. 147--149
  • Syed Rafiul Hussain, Asmaa Sallam and Elisa Bertino, 2015, "DetAnom: Detecting Anomalous Database Transaction by Insiders", Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy, SIGSAC ACM CODASPY
  • Syed Rafiul Hussain, Lorenzo Bossi, Syed Rafiul Hussain and Asmaa Sallam, 2015, "Monitoring DBMS activity for detecting data exfiltration by insiders", Proceedings of the 16th Annual Information Security Symposium, pp. 1--1
  • Syed Rafiul Hussain, Changda Wang, Salmin Sultana and Elisa Bertino, 2014, "Secure Data Provenance Compression Using Arithmetic Coding in Wireless Sensor Networks"
  • Syed Rafiul Hussain, Ala Odeh, Amrut Shivakumar, Shalini Chauhan and Khaled Harfoush, 2013, "Real-time Traffic Congestion Management and Deadlock Avoidance for Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks", pp. 223--227
  • Syed Rafiul Hussain, Syed Rafiul Hussain and AKM Ashikur Rahman, 2010, "RBP: Reliable Broadcasting Protocol in Large Scale Mobile Ad Hoc Networks", 24th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications, pp. 526--532
  • Syed Rafiul Hussain, Subrata Saha and Ashikur Rahman, 2009, "An efficient and scalable address autoconfiguration in mobile ad hoc networks", International Conference on Ad-Hoc Networks and Wireless, pp. 152--165

Other

  • Syed Rafiul Hussain and Kyu-han Kim, 2019, "Mobile virtual private network configuration"
  • Syed Rafiul Hussain, Shruti Sanadhya and Kyu-han Kim, 2018, "Deterrence of user equipment device location tracking"

Research Projects

  • October 2022 - September 2027, "CAREER: Principled Approaches to Securing Next-Generation Cellular Networks," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • November 2020 - October 2021, "Principled Security Analysis of Intel's Bluetooth implementation through enhanced Symbolic Execution," (Sponsor: Intel Corp. [MP]).
  •   -  , "Adoption of ``Smart'' Agricultural Irrigation Systems: Assessing and Mitigating Cybersecurity Threats to U.S. Food, Water, And Energy Reserve," (Sponsor: Center for Security Research and Education Fall (CSRE), Penn State).

Honors and Awards

  • NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2022 - 2027
  • Mobile Security Research Hall of Fame, Global System for Mobile Association (GSMA), 2019 - 2021
  • Distinguished Paper Award, The 35th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), 2019., 2019 - 2019
  • Distinguished Paper Award Honorable Mention, The 26th Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS), 2019., 2019 - 2019
  • Nominated for the best paper award, Tehe 14th ACM SIGBED International Conference on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks (EWSN), 2017, 2017 - 2017
  • Intel Security Research Assistantship, Intel/CERIAS, 2017 - 2017

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Other, Committee Member, August 2021
  • Other, Committee Member, August 2021
  • Other, Committee Member, August 2020

Service to External Organizations:

  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Committee Member, Technical Program Committee Member, IEEE Symposium of Security and Privacy (Oakland), 2022 - 2023
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Committee Member, Technical Program Committee Member, IEEE INFOCOM, 2022 - 2023
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Co-Organizer, Publication Chair, IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS), 2022 - 2023
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Peer Reviewer, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (TON), 2022 - 2022
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Peer Reviewer, Transactions on Information Forensics & Security (TIFS), 2022 - 2022
  • Panelist, Security Challenges in 5G Wireless and Beyond, CSAW, New York University, Security Challenges in 5G Wireless and Beyond, CSAW, New York University, 2021 - 2021
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, External Reviewer, ACM Conference on Computer and Communication Security (CCS), 2021 - 2021
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Organizer, Organizer of a special session and panel, Networking, Systems and Security (NSysS) 2021, 2021 - 2021
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Committee Member, Technical Program Committee Member, ACM Conference on Computer and Communication Security (CCS), 2021 - 2022
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Committee Member, Technical Program Committee Member, The ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies (SACMAT), 2021 - 2022
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Committee Member, Technical Program Committee Member, The 29th IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP), 2021 - 2022
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Committee Member, Technical Program Committee Member, The WebConf, 2020 - 2021
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Committee Member, Technical Program Committee Member, The Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), 2020 - 2022
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Committee Member, Technical Program Committee Member, ACM ASIA Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS), 2020 - 2021
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Committee Member, Technical Program Committee Member, European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS), 2020 - 2021
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Speaker, Keynote Speaker, Building cellular network’s security from the ground up for connected vehicles and IoT Talks devices, IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC), 2020 - 2020
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Committee Member, Technical Program Committee Member, USENIX Security Symposium, 2020 - 2022
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Committee Member, Technical Program Committee Member, International Workshop on Mobile and Pervasive Internet of Things (PerIoT), 2019 - 2020
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Committee Member, Technical Program Committee Member, Networking, Systems and Security (NSysS), 2019 - 2020
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Peer Reviewer, ACM Transactions on Internet of Things (TIOT), 2018 - 2022
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Peer Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC), 2018 - 2022
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Peer Reviewer, Sensors, 2016 - 2016
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Peer Reviewer, IEEE Systems, 2016 - 2016
 


 

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