Student Wins Cybersecurity Competition

Computer science major Kelly Rose ’20 took second place in
the Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Student Poster competition at the 2019 WiCyS
Conference in Pittsburgh.

In her research, Hacking
Biomedical Devices, Rose investigated how to mitigate the threat of hacking
on biomedical devices such as pacemakers, insulin pumps, and bedside monitors, and
outlined ways to establish better security testing regulations. 

Twenty-six undergraduate and graduate students were selected
out of almost 50 submissions to present their research to a panel of academic
and industry professionals at the conference, which was held last month.

“The experience was amazing. It was wonderful to be
surrounded by so many dedicated women in tech, and I made several great
academic and professional connections,” Rose said.  “Above all, it reaffirmed that the work I am
doing is meaningful, and really inspired me to continue with my research so
that I too can contribute all I can.”

Rose was one of six computer science students who received a travel scholarship from Facebook to attend this year’s WiCyS Conference.

“Conferences like WiCys complement our efforts to broaden the participation of women in computer science and engineering,” said Dr. Krishnan Pillaipakkamnatt, chair of the Department of Computer Science.  “We’re very proud of Kelly and hope that more of our female students take advantage of these types of opportunities.”

WiCyS brings together women in cybersecurity from academic,
research, and industry to share their knowledge and experience in networking,
mentoring, and career development roles.

Kelly Rose (Photo courtesy of WiCyS)

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