July 26, 2011
ECE Ph.D. student Jiyong Jang has earned the Symantec Research Labs (SRL) Graduate Fellowship for helping researchers better understand and protect against new online threats. The fellowship is awarded to promising graduate students who demonstrate leadership and technological prowess in confronting some of the world's most complex security, storage and system-management challenges.
"This is a wonderful honor as I continue to work on tools and new approaches to make online commerce more secure," Jang said.
Jang has created more effective algorithms for detecting and classifying malware, malicious software designed to disrupt or deny operations or gather information that leads to a loss of privacy. Through that work, he aims to develop an automated large-scale malware triage system to determine the most serous threats, and help defenders make more intelligent choices on which analysis to perform on which malware.
Now in its fifth year, the Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship program supplies awardees with a stipend to cover educational, travel and living expenses for visits to conduct research on Symantec's campuses; complimentary use of Symantec's Worldwide Intelligence Network Environment - an infrastructure for research experimentation within Symantec that provides unique access to current sampled security-related data feeds used internally; and a mentor from Symantec Research Labs. All recipients are also encouraged to take a salaried summer internship with Symantec Research Labs. Fellowships are awarded for one academic year and may be extended for a second, based on the award recipient's continued exceptional academic standing, progress and achievement.
For more on the award, read the university's official press release here.