Tulsa TechFest 2015
Bailey Smith, Undergraduate Researcher, University of Tulsa
A rising sophomore majoring in Computer Science at the University of Tulsa, Bailey Smith is currently an Undergraduate Researcher at the University of Tulsa through Tulsa's Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC). Interested in computer security, Bailey attended Tulsa Technology Center for Cyber Security and Forensics during her senior year of high school. Her current research topics include malware analysis, netflow, and hybrid attack graphs.
Malware Analysis: The Present and The Future
Malware is an ever-growing threat to all users of the Internet. Malware is constantly evolving, and most individuals affected by malware simply do not have the resources to thoroughly understand the malware that attacked them. It is infeasible to unleash malware in a business environment just for analysis purposes. Instead, it is better to utilize sandboxes to handle the analysis of dangerous malware. In many instances, the reports generated by these sandboxes are difficult to understand and interpret. They are full of high-level terms and ideas that are aimed at extremely technical users with previous knowledge of malware, while not providing any context to what the malware aims to achieve. We aim to fix this problem. We are in the process of creating a Malware Analysis Lab that will autonomously analyze malware samples and generate reports that are easier to understand and include more relevant data, while easing the burden of maintaining infrastructure manually.
In this session we will be discussing the automation of the malware analysis process and the creation of human-readable reports. We will explore the current setup of our malware analysis lab and our plans for the future.