Swinburne gets funding to stop smart home devices getting hacked

The funding announced by the Minister for Education Dan Tehan will go to a Swinburne Cybersecurity Lab team led by Professor Yang Xiang.

Swinburne University has received $360,000 for research and development into technology that prevents cyber-attacks on smart home devices.

The Minister for Education Dan Tehan awarded Swinburne researchers the grant as part of $5 million in funding for 11 new research partners.

A team led by the Dean of the Digital Research Innovation Capability Platform, Professor Yan Xiang, will look at vulnerabilities in any devices and appliances connected to the internet.

“Eight out of ten Australians have a smart device in their home, including smart TVs, baby monitors and mobile phones; nearly 50 per cent of us have three or more such devices,” said Tehan.

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“These devices are being targeted by cybercriminals and hackers and any security vulnerability in the internet enabled devices in our homes can have very real consequences. People need to have confidence when using new technology that they have the best-possible protection.”

As part of this three-year project, Professor Yang and his team will use specialised techniques, including software testing, to identify vulnerabilities in smart devices.

“The techniques we develop will position Australia as a world-leader in vulnerability detection,” said Yang.

The Cybersecurity Lab will work with industry partner Greenland Property Group (GPG) to apply their findings to real-world scenarios.