Conner Bradley

BCS, MCS, Computer Security Researcher

Hello! I was a MCS student under the supervision of David Barrera. My research interests are focused around Internet of Things security, operating systems security, and the intersection of security and longevity.

Research Interests

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Embedded Systems

I am quite passionate about developing software on resource-constrained embedded systems. Most software written on embedded systems tends to be written in C; however, I believe that the memory safety guarantees of Rust provides an attractive solution for the next-generation of embedded systems software.

Operating Systems

One of the largest problems with modern day operating systems is their monolithic nature. I am particularly interested in OSes with a microkernel design, although these are esoteric and have not seen wide adoption, microkernels are (in my opinion) the more secure architecture for operating systems.

Internet of Things

In recent years, the large movement of small internet-connected devices have brought up some new interesting security problems. I am particularly interested in secure IoT operating systems, and secure ecosystems of IoT devices.

Secure Hypervisors

Secure hypervisors are more than just a technology to run a VM on, one way of providing isolation to various components of a monolithic system is through virtualization; however, providing strong security mechanisms in a hypervisor is no easy task.

Data Science

Data science is no longer a current research interest of mine, in my undergrad I wrote a honours thesis Extending Heterogeneous Recommenders Beyond First-Party Datasets. I still plan on learning about data science; however, I see it as a means to an end.

Past Research

Title Authors Date Status Links BibTex

Sustainable Security: Exploring Longevity Challenges and Solutions for IoT

Conner Bradley September 2023 Master's thesis

Escaping Vendor Mortality: A New Paradigm for Extending IoT Device Longevity

Conner Bradley, David Barrera September 2023 Accepted for publication at NSPW 2023

Poster: Improving Legacy IoT Device Security through Open-Source Intervention

Conner Bradley, David Barrera February 2023 Poster session at NDSS 2023

Toward Identification and Characterization of IoT Software Update Practices

Awarded best paper runner-up

Conner Bradley, David Barrera September 2022 Published at FPS 2022
Toward Identification and Characterization of IoT Software Update Practices

Extending Heterogeneous Recommenders Beyond First-Party Datasets

Conner Bradley April 2021 Undergraduate honours thesis



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