Swinburne receives funding to stop smart home devices getting hacked

Tuesday 15 January 2019

Minister for Education Dan Tehan announces research funding for Swinburne Cybersecurity Lab researchers led by Prof Yang Xiang

The funding announced by the Minister for Education Dan Tehan will go to a Swinburne Cybersecurity Lab team led by Professor Yang Xiang.

In summary

 

  • Eighty-three per cent of Australians have smart home devices, many of which can easily be targeted in cyber attacks
  • Swinburne’s Cybersecurity Lab has been awarded $360,000 by the Federal Government to research and develop technology to stop smart devices being hacked
  • The Swinburne team will examine vulnerabilities in appliances and devices connected to the internet, including security cameras, home assistance devices and baby monitors

 

The Minister for Education Dan Tehan has awarded Swinburne researchers $360,000 to research and develop technology preventing cyber-attacks on smart home devices. 

A team led by the Dean of the Digital Research Innovation Capability PlatformProfessor Yang Xiang, will look at vulnerabilities in any devices and applicances connected to the internet.  

“Eight out of ten Australians have a smart device in their home, including smart TVs, baby monitors and mobile phones; nearly 50 per cent of us have three or more such devices,” Mr Tehan said.  

“These devices are being targeted by cybercriminals and hackers and any security vulnerability in the internet enabled devices in our homes can have very real consequences. People need to have confidence when using new technology that they have the best-possible protection.” 

As part of this three-year project, Professor Yang and his team will use specialised techniques, including software testing, to identify vulnerabilities in smart devices. 

“The techniques we develop will position Australia as a world-leader in vulnerability detection,” says Professor Yang.

The Cybersecurity Lab will work with industry partner Greenland Property Group (GPG) to apply their findings to real-world scenarios.

The research grant is part of $5 million in funding for 11 new research partners, which was announced by the Minister at Swinburne’s Factory of the Future.