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Gabriel Bello, a CSU junior majoring in computer science, received a first place state award last weekend. Bello’s paper “A Bluetooth LE Security Investigation” was recognized as the top natural science paper in the state at the Georgia Collegiate Honors Council Conference.
Bello’s paper reviewed the security and privacy features of three bluetooth low energy devices, which are commonly used as fitness trackers, heart rate sensors and Bluetooth keyboards. Bello found that two of the three devices implemented no security measures, and the third had substantial weaknesses to its design. The analysis showcased a large gap between recommended security features and implemented security features, revealing a hole through which user information can leak.
More than 40 papers were submitted to the conference. Other CSU Honors College attendees were Bobbie Bannerman, Valencia Coleman and Darby High.