Richard Newman, PhD
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In the late 1980's, I became interested in traffic analysis and prevention of traffic analysis in networks just as the Internet was being opened to the public. Eventually, I published a series of papers on efficient ways to prevent traffic analysis, and analysis of what we called the network covert channel.

At the same time, after introducing a course on distributed operating systems to UF, I began research on computer-supported distributed collaboration. This work was partially funded by the NSF I/UCRC Software Engineering Research Center (SERC). In addition to the challenges my team overcame developing groundbreaking distributed applications for concurrent text editing, graphics editing, notification systems, and a comprehensive distributed conferencing system (DCS), we were concerned with modeling and enforcing security policies appropriate to such systems. This effort resulted in new models for management of distributed resources.

Twenty years ago I introduced the graduate course on Computer and Network Security to UF, and since then have taught it many times, as well as special topics courses in Cryptography, Cryptographic Protocols, Anonymity, Theory of Security, and Cybersecurity. Last year I worked with Prof. Joe Wilson to revamp the security curriculum at UF, and to introduce certificate programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in cybersecurity. This effort is on-going, with the recent hires of Drs. Traynor and Butler in CISE, and Dr. Oliviera in ECE. With students and colleagues, I have published dozens of academic papers on security models, access control, steganography, covert channels, traffic analysis, and cryptographic protocols, and have supervised numerous talented students now working in the security field.

I have worked with Drs. Ira Moskowitz and Paul Syverson of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), at their Center for High Assurance Computing and Systems on information hiding, covert channels, steganography, and an information theoretic basis for traffic analysis, including analysis of Mix Networks.

Security Courses Taught

  • Computer and Information Security
  • Computer and Network Security
  • Cryptography
  • Cryptographic Protocols
  • Anonymity
  • Information Hiding
  • Security Theory
  • Cybersecurity

Security Courses Recently Approved (Fall 2014)

  • Cybersecurity (undergraduate)
  • Computer and Information Security (both graduate and undergraduate)
  • Network and System Security (undergraduate)
  • Cryptology (undergraduate)
  • Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing (Dr. Wilson)
  • Malware Reverse Engineering (Dr. Wilson)

Security Courses Still Pending Approval (Fall 2014)

  • Network and System Security (graduate)
  • Cryptology (graduate)

Cybersecurity Certificates

Pending approval, the CISE Department will start offering both graduate and undergraduate certificates in cybersecurity. Nine credits will be required for each certificate. The SENSEI faculty outlined the requirements for a graduate cybersecurity certificate. The undergraduate version will be ironed out soon.

Required Courses (6 credits)

  • Computer Security
  • Network Security

Elective Courses (3 credits)

  • Applied Cryptography
  • Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing
  • Malware Reverse Engineering
  • Mobile and Cellular Security

Security Research

  • Prevention of Traffic Analysis
  • Security Policies for Distributed Collaboration
  • Cryptographic Protocols and Key Derivation
  • Transparent Hardware-based Encryption for Wireless Networks
  • Network Anomaly and Intrusion Detection
  • Multilevel Secure Distributed Database Access
  • Mix-Firewall development and covert channel analysis
  • Usable Security for Consumer Home Networks
  • Usable Security for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
  • JPEG Steganography and Steganalysis
  • Electronic Voting
  • Efficient Authentication in Sensor Networks
  • Stream Encryption Methods

Please see my publications list or curriculum vita for more details.


Office: CSE E346
Address: PO Box 116120, UF, Gainesville, FL 32611-6120
Phone: 352.505.1579/352.392.1200 sec'y
Fax: 352.392.1220

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