NYIT student Stephan Brown in front of his poster.


Student Takes First Place at Cybersecurity Conference

October 10, 2018

Pictured: Stephan Brown impressed judges with his research into machine learning and text classification.

NYIT’s Ninth Annual Cybersecurity Conference brought together some of the greatest minds in the field, but the event also highlighted the talent of future cybersecurity experts. Students from various universities took part in the poster competition that highlighted their research.

Several NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences students and alumni participated, with computer science major Stephan Brown taking home the $500 prize for undergraduate work. The poster presentations were judged by cybersecurity experts from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, CompTIA, the New York chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and other organizations. Entrants represented Cooper Union, Marist College, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), NYIT, and the University of Pennsylvania.

The following winning students received prizes provided by CompTIA:

  • Undergraduate first prize ($500 gift certificate): Stephan Brown, NYIT, for “Adversarial Text Generation for Google’s Perspective.”
  • Undergraduate second prize ($250 gift certificate): Daniel N. Gisolfi and Michael Gutierrez, Marist College, for “LCARS: Lightweight Cloud Application for Real-time Security.”
  • Graduate prize ($500 gift certificate): Sina Fatih Kazerooni and Yagiz Kaymak, New Jersey Institute of Technology, for “Online User Activity Tracking Using Machine Learning Techniques.”

Brown’s poster project grows from work he did as a participant in NYIT’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Fellowship program, funded by a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation.

The following student and recent alumni featured their own cybersecurity projects, done with faculty mentors in the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences:

NYIT students Saurabh Patel and Deval Jansari
NYIT graduates Saurabh Patel (M.S.’18), left, and Deval Jansari (M.S. ’18) researched IMSI catchers, devices that can intercept phone calls and steal data.

NYIT student Seth Levine
Seth Levine shared his work on deep learning in mobile devices.

NYIT student Ishan Mehta
Ishan Mehta (M.S. ’18) worked on honeypots, a type of decoy network that distracts attackers.