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Dr. Kevin T. Kornegay leads a research team at Morgan State University that received $999,450, one of the largest grants awarded by the National Science Foundation.

In 2016, Morgan State University announced the establishment of Dr. Kevin Kornegay as the Endowed Chair in Internet of Things (IoT) Security.

Kornegay’s IoT research aims to make devices we have come to depend upon, as well as new technology, safer when it comes to transferring data over a network.

This February, he was one of the 10 researchers from historically black colleges and universities to receive the inaugural HBCU Innovation Awards.

“The 2018 HBCU Innovation Award validates my commitment to the discovery process by serving as a true measure of ‘staying relevant,'” Kornegay said. “Innovative ideas can be transformative in creating a new technology field; grow existing fields, or cause a market leader to become obsolete. Innovation impacts us all personally, professionally, and globally.”

The research team is using reverse engineering techniques to unveil potential hardware security gaps that may be present in an Internet of Things (IoT) device and develop countermeasures to prevent access of confidential information and ensure functional operation during a cyber-attack.

Th National Science Foundation award enabled Morgan to explore a unique aspect of cybersecurity research and develop an embedded systems security certificate program.

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