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Morgan State University Professor Kevin Kornegay Is Leading New Internet of Things Initiative


Kevin T. Kornegay, a professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Morgan State Universitys Mitchell School of Engineering.

Research being conducted at Morgan State University promises to improve security for the Internet of Things.

Credit: Morgan State University

The number of devices and objects connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow, but security remains a concern, and research conducted at Morgan State University (MSU) promises to make IoT devices safer.

The current approach to IoT security focuses on the application, transport, or data link layer of the Open Systems Interconnection model, and leaves vulnerable attack points at the physical layer, which is where most IoT devices reside. The solution proposed by professor Kevin T. Kornegay and colleagues will enable the formation of a security perimeter at a device's physical boundary, making it less susceptible to an external breach. The researchers say their work will help shore up data transfer over a network for the devices and other new technology being introduced into the marketplace.

A $999,450 grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) will be used to fund the Embedded System Security via Reverse Engineering and Countermeasures project. "This NSF award enables Morgan to explore a unique aspect of cybersecurity research examining physical characteristics to detect security concerns," says Victor McCrary, Morgan's vice president for research and economic development. "From a broader perspective what this means for the university is new course development, student training, outreach and development of an embedded systems security certificate program."

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