Improving Security in the Internet of Things (IoT) through Bio-Inspired Approaches
December 28, 2018

By: Heena Rathore, Ph.D.,

       Data Scientist and Program Manager, Hiller Measurements

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 “Improving Security in the Internet of Things (IoT) through Bio-Inspired Approaches”

As massive amounts of Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices are approaching to change our lives, security in these devices is crucial. The security threats from traditional Internet are also applicable to such IoT devices as these devices are connected to the network. In fact, some attacks are easier on IoT devices due to the limited computing and memory resources of IoT devices. These threats can be introduced in IoT devices through various means, where the ongoing data transmissions can be tampered with or the devices can be altered to behave in an unpredictable manner.

 Biologically inspired solutions, to solve engineering problems, are opening new doors of research opportunities to overcome this challenge. These solutions are more efficient, effective, and economical than the current methods. Biology is offering solutions to engineering problems that were not thought before by the scientists. It’s indicative of a growing shift in how humans have evolved in their way to thinking to solve big problems by looking to nature for elegant solutions. The talk will cover biological inspirations and aspects from machine learning and social psychology for improving security in IoT devices.


 Heena Rathore is a Data Scientist and Program Manager at Hiller Measurements. She was a post-doctorate researcher for US-Qatar Joint Collaborative Project between Temple University, USA, University of Idaho, USA and Qatar University. Also, she was a visiting scholar for Wichita State University. She received her Ph.D. (with distinction) in Computer Science and Engineering Department while she was a Tata Consultancy Services Research Scholar at the Indian Institute of Technology, India. She received her bachelor’s in Computer Science Engineering from College of Technology and Engineering in 2010 with Honors. She has also worked professionally as Design Executive with Phosphate India Private Limited and academically as Guest/Assistant Professor with the University of Texas, Austin and SS College of Engineering, India respectively. She has been the winner of a number of prestigious awards including Graphical System Design Achievement Awards by National Instruments. She has published more than 25 papers in peer-reviewed conferences and journal papers in her field is the sole author of Mapping Biological Systems to Network Systems (Springer). She was also featured on TedX, Qatar held by TedXAlDafnaEd in Qatar and her work is covered in professional and major trade publications, major media, such as Microwave Journal, Everything RF, Times of India, and India Today. She has been invited as a panelist, TPC member and a chair for multiple sessions. She is a reviewer of many peer-reviewed journals and conferences in IEEE, IET, and Elsevier. Her research interests include deep learning, machine learning, security, distributed systems, wireless networks biologically inspired systems and software-defined networks

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