Dine & Development Training Series

The Dine & Development Training Series is a collaborative effort, bringing together local businesses, Air Force Research Laboratory researchers, and academia to expose and inform the Central NY business and research community on technology-driven topics of common interest, and to also promote business development by providing networking opportunities among researchers and attendees.

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Dine & Development Training Series: Blockchain & Cloud Chain-of-Custody

Dine and development training series blockchain and cloud chain of custody

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Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018

Time: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm: Registration and Lunch

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Presentation and Q&A

Location: Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive, Rome, NY

Cost: $15 per person; includes lunch

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Blockchain and Cloud Chain-of-Custody

Cloud computing has been adopted by the military as the environment to support data storage, on demand computing, and dynamic provisioning. Assurance of data transfer within intra-cloud and inter-cloud environments is very crucial; however, assurance of the ancestry of the data (where the data came from) is a challenge in cloud environments. Blockchain technology has attracted interest due to a shared, distributed and fault-tolerant database that every participant in the network can share, ability to nullify adversaries by harnessing the computational capabilities of the honest nodes, and information exchanged is resilient to manipulation. In this presentation, we present a cloud-based data provenance framework using blockchain which traces data record operations and generates provenance data. We anchor provenance data records into blockchain transactions, which provide validation on provenance data and preserve user privacy at the same time. Once the provenance data is uploaded to the global blockchain network, it is extremely challenging to tamper with the provenance data, the framework ensures that privacy is preserved. We implemented the architecture on ownCloud, uploaded records to blockchain network, stored records in a provenance database and developed a prototype in form of a web service.

Presented by: Val Red, Air Force Research Laboratory

Val Red is a Cyber Integration Program Manager and Computer Systems Engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate, overseeing research and development (R&D) under the Disruptive Information Technologies effort.  This work entails a 3 year, $3.15M investment towards novel cyber operations capabilities involving emerging technologies, such as assuring embedded systems within a Network Enterprise and applying blockchain for traceable, immutable sharing and auditing of data in cloud environments.  His leadership of blockchain R&D has led to accepted academic conference papers across SPIE and IEEE.  Additionally, he oversees and participates in R&D of reverse engineering and injecting customized, hardened embedded system firmware in an effort to secure Internet-of-Things' devices, industrial control systems, and even office automation networking hardware.  He earned his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey at New Brunswick, NJ in 2014. He earned his Master's Degree in Cybersecurity with a concentration of Cyber Operations at Utica College in May 2016.  Most recently, he earned the title of Associate of (ISC)2 as of 2016.  Prior to government service, he also served as a webmaster and junior system administrator for the Rutgers' Mathematical Finance graduate program and Rutgers Engineering Computing Services, respectively.  In 2015, he ranked number 10 out of 483 infosec practitioners in the 2015 SANS Industrial Control Systems Cyber Security Challenge.

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