Undergraduate senior in computer science and HackUTK leader Berat Arik traveled to Toronto, Canada in mid-October to present a poster and short paper at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS). CCS is one of the largest and most selective academic security venues, with a full paper acceptance rate of 17% in 2018 among a total of 809 papers submitted. Berat, in collaboration with a 4th-year math PhD student from the University of Kentucky, completed this research during his summer internship at Oak Ridge National Lab in 2018, where both students were mentored by ORNL staff member, Jared Smith. Jared is also a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow in the UT Computer Security Lab advised by Max Schuchard.
Their short paper presented early work on the first operating-system and architecture-independent malware detection system, leveraging raw binary memory snapshots and deep learning to predict when a device has been compromised. For more information, view the paper at https://tiny.utk.edu/deepforensics.