We are living in the era of Internet of Things (IoT).

It seems like every day a new smart device enters the consumer market. And each new device or update brings with it the question of security. Especially, the features we use most in our day-to-day lives.

This is the focus of Amit Kumar Sikder’s Ph.D. dissertation.

“Modern smart devices—such as fingerprint readers and voice memos on your smartphones—come with high-precision sensors. These sensors increase the functionalities of the devices and improve our lifestyle,” says the School of Electrical, Computer and Enterprise Engineering doctoral candidate. “Attackers, though, can easily target these sensors to manipulate smart devices and leak sensitive user information, record our conversation and location—even install malware in the system.”

Sikder is working on a project titled “Securing sensory side-channel in smart devices” with his advisor, Selcuk Uluagac. Uluagac, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and principal investigator on the project, began the work in 2013. Sikder joined the team in 2015 when he arrived at FIU. Since then, he has served as the main researcher alongside his advisor.

Read more at FIU News.