Al-Sakib Khan Pathan
Recognizing FDIA as an Important Topic of Research in the Field of Cybersecurity
The field of cybersecurity often focuses on only technical aspects of cyber activities, connections, protecting codes from specific violations, and regulating operational methods of various cyber applications. While this is important to give enough emphasis on the technical aspects, the importance of the presence of error-free data in the cyber platform cannot be overlooked. The False Data Injection Attack or FDIA concept basically came from smart grid domain which refers to the manipulation of sensor readings. However, due to the enormous growth of the Internet, similar issue has come in the front as data could be often provided in manipulated form to be used for cyberspace or cyber applications as well. FDIA specifically considers the deliberate attempts of modifying data from various readings of source sensors and devices or in the databases which could have long lasting impact even if the datasets are used later for any practical application. In this case, we are not talking about cyber-attack based data manipulation issue but rather about deliberate modification of data that would apparently look like valid before their practical use. In this talk, we would explore this issue, talk about various aspects to tackle FDIA in the cyberspace, and share the basic idea behind some countermeasures. The focus of the talk is about protection of data in the cyberspace before application-specific use (i.e., preventing FDI), not how to defend against sophisticated cyber-attacks that are launched via complicated technical means. Some recent and relevant works in this area would be discussed.
Attack, Cybersecurity, Cyberspace, Data, False Data Injection
Al-Sakib Khan Pathan is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. Currently, he is with the Independent University, Bangladesh as an Adjunct Professor. He received PhD degree in Computer Engineering in 2009 from Kyung Hee University, South Korea and B.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Information Technology from Islamic University of Technology (IUT), Bangladesh in 2003. In his academic career so far, he worked as a faculty member at the CSE Department of Southeast University, Bangladesh during 2015-2020, Computer Science department, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Malaysia during 2010-2015; at BRACU, Bangladesh during 2009-2010, and at NSU, Bangladesh during 2004-2005. He was a Guest Lecturer for the STEP project at the Department of Technical and Vocational Education, Islamic University of Technology, Bangladesh in 2018. He also worked as a Researcher at Networking Lab, Kyung Hee University, South Korea from September 2005 to August 2009 where he completed his MS leading to PhD. His research interests include wireless sensor networks, network security, cloud computing, and e-services technologies. Currently he is also working on some multidisciplinary issues. He is a recipient of several awards/best paper awards and has several notable publications in these areas. So far, he has delivered over 20 Keynotes and Invited speeches at various international conferences and events. He has served as a General Chair, Organizing Committee Member, and Technical Program Committee (TPC) member in numerous top-ranked international conferences/workshops like INFOCOM, GLOBECOM, ICC, LCN, GreenCom, AINA, WCNC, HPCS, ICA3PP, IWCMC, VTC, HPCC, SGIoT, etc. He was awarded the IEEE Outstanding Leadership Award for his role in IEEE GreenCom’13 conference. He is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Computers and Applications, Taylor & Francis, UK, Associate Technical Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine, Editor of Ad Hoc and Sensor Wireless Networks, Old City Publishing, International Journal of Sensor Networks, Inderscience Publishers, and Malaysian Journal of Computer Science, Associate Editor of Connection Science, Taylor & Francis, UK, International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering, Inderscience, Area Editor of International Journal of Communication Networks and Information Security, Guest Editor of many special issues of top-ranked journals, and Editor/Author of 21 books. One of his books has been included twice in Intel Corporation’s Recommended Reading List for Developers, 2nd half 2013 and 1st half of 2014; 3 books were included in IEEE Communications Society’s (IEEE ComSoc) Best Readings in Communications and Information Systems Security, 2013, 2 other books were indexed with all the titles (chapters) in Elsevier’s acclaimed abstract and citation database, Scopus, in February 2015