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Android Security: A story still in the making after 8 years! A perspective from Google, Academia and Start-ups point of views

September 5, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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SPEAKER: Giovanni Russello, Associate Professor with the Computer Science Department, at the University of Auckland.
ABSTRACT: In mid-2017, Google Android is still the dominating mobile OS with a solid 85% of market share. A key-aspect in Android’s success is its openness. Google allows several device manufacturers to use Android. Moreover, Android supports a very dynamic app landscape accessible through the Google Play marketplace as well as third-partymarkets.
The rate of Android success is only matched by the increase in malicious activity targeting Android. Between 2011 and 2012 the malware samples targeting Android has gone up of 1000%. At the end of 2012, Android has crashed another record becoming the top target for malicious code overtaking
Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Currently, Android malware is still on the rising despite Google efforts to make its mobile platform more secure.
In this talk, I will walk you through some of the important aspects and developments of Android and its security model. Following that, I will cover the most relevant academic efforts that over the years have appeared for enhancing Android security. Finally, I will cover some of the insights I have
learned during my stint as CEO of a startup trying to bring to the market a security solution for Android.

BIO: Giovanni Russello is an Associate Professor with the Computer Science Department, at the University of Auckland. He obtained his PhD from the Eindhoven University of Technology and was a Research Associate at Imperial College London, UK. His research focuses on Android security, confidentiality and privacy solutions for the cloud, and access control models in general.
He leads the SECRET Lab, where together with his group works on several security projects including the STRATUS project, a six-year cyber security project, funded by Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE). In 2016, Giovanni has received the prestigious Marsden Grant for a new project on code obfuscation. In the past, he was founding CEO of a startup developing secure solutions for Android.

 

WHEN: Tuesday, 5/9/2017. TIME: 17:30 to 18:30
VENUE: Room 001, Level 02 , Building 80 (Swanston Academic Building), 445 Swanston Street, RMIT University, Melbourne

 

Please register your name by sending an email to (karina.gomezchavez@rmit.edu.au) to ensure a place in the talk.

Venue

Room 001, Level 02 , Building 80 (Swanston Academic Building), 445 Swanston Street, RMIT University, Melbourne