AI & Blockchain: First & Second Line of defense for IoT Applications and Devices

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AI & Blockchain: First & Second Line of defense for IoT Applications and Devices
Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Hewlett 103
Ahmed Banafa - San Jose State University
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IoT Applications and Devices are growing by folds, estimated over 20 billion devices connected by the end of 2020, protecting such application and devices is not and easy task keeping in mind that IoT as an ecosystem consists of four elements: 1) Sensors, 2) Communications/Networks, 3) Cloud 4) Applications and each comes with its security challenges  

The implementation of AI systems into the mix can serve as a real turning point. New AI algorithms adapt over time, and make it easier to respond to cybersecurity risks. However, new generations of malware and cyber-attacks can be difficult to detect with conventional cybersecurity protocols. They evolve over time, so more dynamic approaches are necessary, this the job of the first line of defense: AI.

Developments in Blockchain have expanded beyond recordkeeping and cryptocurrencies. The integration of smart contract development in Blockchain platforms has ushered in a wider set of applications, including cybersecurity. The goal was to keep the cyber-criminals at bay (using AI), but in case they managed to get-in and infiltrate the network we need to initiate the second line of defense; Blockchain. By using Blockchain, transaction details are kept both transparent and secure. Blockchain’s decentralized and distributed network also helps businesses to avoid a single point of failure, making it difficult for malicious parties to steal or tamper with business data.


Prof. Ahmed Banafa has extensive experience in research, operations and management, with a focus on IoT, Blockchain, Cybersecurity and AI. He is the recipient of Certificate of Honor from the City and County of San Francisco, Author & Artist Award 2019 of San Jose State University. He was named as No.1 tech voice to follow, technology fortune teller and influencer by LinkedIn in 2018 by LinkedIn, his research featured on Forbes, IEEE and MIT Technology Review, and Interviewed by ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, BBC, NPR, Washington Post, and Fox. He is a member of the MIT Technology Review Global Panel. He is the author of the books: “Secure and Smart Internet of Things (IoT) using Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI)” which won 3 awards San Jose State University Author and Artist Award, One of the Best Technology Books of all Time Award, and One of the Best AI Models Books of All Time Award. His second book was “Blockchain Technology and Applications” won of One of the Best New Private Blockchain Books and used at Stanford University and other prestigious schools in the USA, and “Quantum Computing” Book coming in 2022. He studied Electrical Engineering at Lehigh University, Cybersecurity at Harvard University and Digital Transformation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)