Sumeet Mahaldar

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Information Security

Mentor / Lab:
Fatma Mili

Specific Research Area / Project:
Fault-tolerance optimization in WSNs against targeted malicious attacks

Undergraduate Institution:
Mumbai University, India

Research Profile:

My general interest in information security hovers around, touching on web security, cryptography, OS level security, and lately on network security. Recently, during my internship with Visa Inc., I gained hands-on experience in penetration testing; SSDLC. Being a member of their Ethical Hacking team and Pen-test group, my work is related to infrastructure and web-application testing.

My current research work is related to network security. I am working with Prof. Fatma Mili (Head of CoT), on optimization of fault tolerance in wireless sensor networks. The goal of this research is to propose/build a self-adaptive network, which is resilient to targeted malicious attacks. Malicious attacks, by design, are often targeted to affect the most vulnerable or the most critical resources of a system. In sensor networks, because of the large amount of inherent redundancy, the most serious threats are the ones attacking critical paths in the network, thus disrupting the overall function of the network. We are trying to address these issues by introducing concepts of differential connectivity and differential elasticity.

About Me:

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I am an information security enthusiast. I come from an IT background but the security aspect of technology has always enticed me. I joined CERIAS in 2013 and since then have been impressed by the quality of teaching and research being offered here. The best part about this program is that, being an interdisciplinary program, it gives me an opportunity to select my courses from various departments like – CS, CIT, CoT etc. I have fully enjoyed my first year experience here and hope to continue to do so.


  • Sigma Xi poster competition award (Purdue), 2013
  • Purdue Interdisciplinary Graduate Program Excellent Award in Information Security, 2013


  • Sumeet Mahaldar, Fatma Mili, "Self-Organizing Self-Adaptive Network through Differential Elasticity," at ITERA Journal, 2013.


  • ITERA, The 11th Annual Conference on Telecommunications and Information Technology, 2013, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • CERIAS Symposium, 2013
  • Sigma Xi poster competition, 2013
  • OIGP Spring Reception, 2013
  • "Software Cracking,"" Department of Computer Science, March 2013
  • "Virus vs Anti-virus,"" Department of Computer Science, April 2013

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