Professor Kemmerer is a Fellow of the IEEE Computer Society, a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, and 2007 recipient of the Applied Security Associates Distinguished Practitioner Award. He is a past EiC of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering and a past Vice President and Board of Governors member of the IEEE Computer Society. He has also served on the editorial boards of ACM Computing Surveys and IEEE Security and Privacy magazine. He served on Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board (2002-2010) and on the NSF/CISE Advisory Board (2002-2004).
Over the last few years the UCSB Security Group has been developing novel techniques and tools to analyze the underground economy and to obtain a comprehensive picture of the complete criminal process. To do this, we have created models of the underground market, its actors, the processes and interactions between actors, and the underlying infrastructure. The plan is to leverage these models and develop techniques that can help to disrupt parts of the criminal process. Examples of topics that may be covered are: taking over a botnet, analysis of the underground economy of fake antivirus software, and understanding fraudulent activities in online ad exchanges.
Prereading:Your Botnet is My Botnet: Analysis of a Botnet Takeover (B. Stone-Gross, M. Cova, B. Gilbert, L. Cavallaro, C. Kruegel, M. Szydlowski, G. Vigna, R. Kemmerer)