This week IST presented about Brain-Computer Interfaces, Daniel Trimble showed a live demonstration of lock picking, and Sarah Swad presented on current events.

In 2019, Elon Musk announced that his company Neuralink would begin patient trials of implantable brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) by the end of 2020. Such devices would allow patients to directly interact with networked information technologies. This intimate connection between the operator’s brain and the greater digital environment opens an entirely new dimension of attack surfaces to be exploited by malicious threat actors, making the security of these devices of paramount importance. This presentation will begin with a review of neural anatomy and physiology, and then will discuss current BCI technologies. Finally, the discussion will present a potential neurosecurity framework, examples of direct neuro-attacks, and attacks against BCIs.

Dr. Matthew Canham is currently an appointed Research Professor of Cybersecurity for the Institute of Simulation and Training, at the University of Central Florida. His research interests focus on the human aspects of privacy and cybersecurity and span three areas of interest; Remote Online Social Engineering (ROSE) attacks, neurosecurity, and privacy leakage through inferential analytics. Previously, Dr. Canham investigated cybercrimes, intellectual property theft, and other Federal violations for the U.S. Department of Justice. This experience as an investigator lead him to realize that humans play a central role in cybersecurity. Dr. Canham received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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