Fred C. Davison Early-Career Scholar Award 2015
Roberto Perdisci, assistant professor of computer science, has made great strides in his research on internet security by inventing new, more effective defense solutions against malicious software, more commonly known as malware. Malware infections affect hundreds of millions of users worldwide, and enable most of today’s cyber-crimes, including identity theft and online robberies. His research bridges computer and network security with machine learning and big data mining, and his work has already made significant impacts on real-world network defense systems. Perdisci and his students have developed a malware detection system called AMICO, which is used by the UGA Information Security Office to defend UGA’s campus network against infections. The success of this project is further demonstrated by the fact that Perdisci has recently received new funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to transition the AMICO system to market, and to further its adoption beyond UGA. He has also received Faculty Early Career Development grant from the NSF.