Faculty Receives NSA’s Best Scientific Cybersecurity Research Paper Award

Geoffrey_Smith-2.jpgMiami, FL (August 21, 2015) – School of Computing and Information Sciences Professor Geoffrey Smith wins the National Security Agency competitive research award in the area of developing robust mathematical techniques for quantifying and bounding the amount of information leaked by systems. This is one of the most prestigious awards in this area for the world.

The paper titled, “Additive and multiplicative notions of leakage, and their capacities” was written in collaboration with other prestigious international researchers, Mario Alvim, Kostas Chatzikokolakis, Annabelle McIver, Carroll Morgan, and Catuscia Palamidessi. The paper was published in the 2014 IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium.


The NSA competition was open to all scientific cybersecurity papers published in 2014. Nominated papers were judged on “scientific merit, the strength and significance of the work reported, and the degree to which the papers exemplify how to perform and report scientific research in cybersecurity”. There were 50 papers nominated for the award, and they were reviewed by a panel of distinguished experts.

Dr. Smith and his co-authors will be honored at an award ceremony at NSA later this fall, where their paper will be presented to an audience of cybersecurity experts.

The official NSA announcement can be seen at www.nsa.gov.

This is an extraordinary honor for Dr. Smith, a professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences and reflects highly on the research status of FIU. Professor Smith is a graduate with a PhD in computer science from Cornell. Geoff is a world renowned expert in cybersecurity and his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation.