Most people have smartphones with them at all times, yet probably don’t give much thought as to how secure they are from a cyberattack.
Wenliang (Kevin) Du, Ph.D., an expert in mobile system security, thinks we should pay more attention and will share why when he comes to Purdue University Northwest (PNW) as the third speaker in PNW’s School of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series.
Du will discuss recent attacks on the Android OS and how user data can be protected even if the operating system on the phone is compromised. Anyone who owns a smartphone can benefit from his presentation, “Android Security: Attacks, Defenses, and Education” at 3 p.m. Friday, March 30.
The event, free and open to the public, will be held at the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) in Room 115 of the Donald S. Powers Computing Education Building (Powers Building) on the PNW Hammond Campus at 6937 Woodmar Ave.
Currently a professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer science at Syracuse University, Du received his Ph.D. in computer science from Purdue University in 2001 and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1993. His instructional labs, focused on security education, have been used by more than 600 universities, colleges, and high schools worldwide. His research has been sponsored by grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Army Research Office, JP Morgan Chase, and Google-and he recently published a textbook on computer security.

Purdue University Northwest’s School of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series will conclude April 20 with Pravin Varaiya, Ph.D., discussing self-driving cars and the need for “intelligent infrastructure.” For more information on all of the speakers in the series and their presentations, go to<>.