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About

I am a Ph.D candidate in the Computer Science Department at Stony Brook University. I work with Prof. Rob Johnson in the SPLAT (Security, Programming Languages, Algorithms, and Theory) Lab. I do research in the general areas of Security and Privacy. In particular, I really enjoy applying theoretical constructs and ideas to systems and security problems. Prior to arriving at Stony Brook, I was at the University of California - Irvine where I worked in the SPROUT Lab with Prof. Gene Tsudik in the areas of RFID and Usable security. And a long long time ago, I was an undergraduate at SRM University (India).
Academic Interests: Security, Privacy, Anonymity, and Computer Theory.
Reviewing: CCS 2014, CCS 2013, CANS 2012, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, WWW 2011.

Publications

[By Project | DBLP | Google Scholar]

  • Conference and Workshop Proceedings

    • [C9] Xiang Cai, Rishab Nithyanand, Rob Johnson, "CS-BuFLO: A Congestion Sensitive Website Fingerprinting Defense", WPES 2014. [PDF | BibTex]
    • [C8] Rishab Nithyanand, Xiang Cai, Rob Johnson, "Glove: A Bespoke Website Fingerprinting Defense", WPES 2014. [PDF | BibTex]
    • [C7] Xiang Cai, Rishab Nithyanand, Tao Wang, Rob Johnson, Ian Goldberg, "A Systematic Approach to Developing and Evaluating Website Fingerprinting Defenses", ACM CCS 2014. [PDF | BibTex]
    • [C6] Tao Wang, Xiang Cai, Rishab Nithyanand, Rob Johnson, Ian Goldberg, "Effective Attacks and Provable Defenses for Website Fingerprinting", USENIX Security 2014. [PDF | BibTex]
    • [C5] Rishab Nithyanand, Rob Johnson, "The Password Allocation Problem: Strategies for Reusing Passwords Effectively", WPES 2013. [PDF | BibTex]
    • [C4] Rishab Nithyanand, John Solis, "A Theoretical Analysis: Physical Unclonable Functions and the Software Protection Problem", TrustED 2012. [PDF | BibTex]
    • [C3] Alfred Kobsa, Rishab Nithyanand, Gene Tsudik, Ersin Uzun, "Usability of Display - Equipped RFID Tags for Security Purposes", ESORICS 2011. [PDF | BibTex]
    • [C2] Rishab Nithyanand, Gene Tsudik, Ersin Uzun, "Readers Behaving Badly: Reader Revocation in PKI Based RFID Systems", ESORICS 2010. [PDF | BibTex]
    • [C1] Rishab Nithyanand, Nitesh Saxena, Gene Tsudik, Ersin Uzun. "Group Think: On the Usability of Secure Group Association of Wireless Devices", ACM UbiComp 2010. [PDF | BibTex]

  • Journal Articles

    • [J2] Alfred Kobsa, Rishab Nithyanand, Gene Tsudik, Ersin Uzun, "Can Jannie Verify? Usability of Display Equipped RFID Tags for Security Purposes", Journal of Computer Security, JoCS, Volume 21, Number 3, 2013. [PDF | BibTex]
    • [J1] Rishab Nithyanand, Gene Tsudik, Ersin Uzun, "User Aided Reader Revocation in PKI Based RFID Systems", Journal of Computer Security, JoCS, Volume 19, Number 6, 2011. [PDF | BibTex]

  • Posters

    • [P2] Rishab Nithyanand, Radu Sion, John Solis, "Making the Case for Intrinsic Personal Physical Unclonable Functions", ACM CCS 2011. [PDF | Poster | BibTex]
    • [P1] Rishab Nithyanand, Gene Tsudik, Ersin Uzun, "Check The Date: Reader Revocation in PKI Based RFID Systems", IEEE S&P 2010. [PDF | Poster| BibTex]

  • Misc: Tech Reports, ePrints, and Theses

    • [M7] Rishab Nithyanand, Jonathan Toohill, Rob Johnson, "How Best to Handle a Dicey Situation", Arxiv CoRR abs/1401.6022 (2014). [PDF | BibTex]
    • [M6] Xiang Cai, Rishab Nithyanand, Rob Johnson, "New Approaches to Website Fingerprinting Defenses", Arxiv CoRR abs/1401.7304(2014). [PDF | BibTex]
    • [M5] Rishab Nithyanand, "On the Complexity of Allocation Problems with Probabilistic Players", Advancement to Candidacy Report, Stony Brook University, 2012. [PDF | Slides | BibTex]
    • [M4] Rishab Nithyanand, Radu Sion, John Solis, "Solving the Software Protection Problem with Intrinsic Personal Physical Unclonable Functions", Sandia National Labs Technical Report, SAND2011-6603. [PDF | BibTex]
    • [M3] Rishab Nithyanand, "Securing Personal RFID Tags and Infrastructures", M.Sc Thesis, University of California - Irvine. [PDF | BibTex]
    • [M2] Rishab Nithyanand, "Securing Plastic Money Using an RFID Based Protocol Stack", IACR ePrint 2009/387. [PDF | BibTex]
    • [M1] Rishab Nithyanand, "A Report on the Evolution of Cryptographic Protocols in Electronic Passports", IACR ePrint 2009/200. [PDF | BibTex]

*PDFs of articles posted on this page are pre-published versions, except in the cases where publishers allowed otherwise.

Past and Upcoming Research Positions

05/14 - 08/14: Intern at Qualcomm Office of the Chief Scientist, San Diego.
01/12 - 06/12: Consultant for CA Technologies.
05/11 - 09/11: Contracted Technical Staff in the Scalable and Secure Systems Lab at Sandia National Labs
02/10 - 09/10: Staff Research Associate at the University of California - Irvine.

Teaching Assistantships

Spring 2013: Graduate Network Security (CSE 508), Instructor: Prof. Rob Johnson.
Fall 2012: Undergraduate Computer Networks (CSE 310), Instructor: Prof. Yanni Liu.
Spring 2011: Graduate Network Security (CSE 508), Instructor: Prof. Rob Johnson.
Fall 2010: Graduate System Security (CSE 509), Instructor: Prof. Rob Johnson.

Contact

E-Mail: rnithyanand AT cs DOT stonybrook DOT edu
Office: SPLAT Lab, Room 1208, Computer Science Department, Stony Brook University