UNO Computer Science Faculty Earn National Awards at Information Security Conference

Six of the University of New Orleans computer science department faculty members took home national awards at the annual international conference covering research theory and applications of information security in Dallas.

Four members won best paper at the Information Security Conference (ISC) and two earned the outstanding research awards by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Each year, conference seeks paper submissions from academia, industry, and government that present novel research on all theoretical and practical aspects of Information Security. 16 regular papers were accepted this year along with 14 short papers. Paper topics included but were not limited to over 30 topics of interests relating to information security.

Conference presentation topics included the security of operating systems, formal methods of information security, encryption, malware and critical infrastructures, entity authentication, risk perception and more.

University of New Orleans computer science professor Golden Richard III.

University of New Orleans computer science professor Golden Richard III.

UNO announced that the winning paper was written by Irfan Ahmed, assistant professor of computer science; Aleksander Zoranic, graduate research assistant; Vassil Roussev, associate professor of computer science; and Golden Richard III, professor of computer science.

“The paper focused on new ways of detecting stealthy malicious software that might avoid detection by antivirus programs and infect a Windows machine,” said UNO in a recent statement.

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences also selected a submission from Golden Richard III and Irfan Ahmed for the outstanding research award. The paper topic is how digital forensic investigations to solve computer-related crimes will be affected by the new features in Apple’s newest operating system, OS X Mavericks. Both will present their research at the organization’s general meeting in Seattle, Wash. in February.