March 22, 2005
Dawn Song, Assistant Professor of ECE and CS, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2005-2010) for her proposed research "Towards Exterminating Large Scale Internet Attacks." The award "recognizes and supports the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century."
Her research offers fundamentally new techniques for defending against large-scale Internet attacks, including as worms and Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks, and supplies a foundation for building an attack-resilient communication infrastructure for both the current and next generation Internet.
"By designing novel automatic methods to detect software exploit attacks quickly and accurately and generate and disseminate accurate filters/signatures, this approach aims to protect vulnerable hosts and provide an easy-to-deploy and effective defense against devastating new worm outbreaks, including zero-day exploit attacks," Song summarized in the winning proposal.