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Team from Georgia Wins Internet of Things (IoT) Challenge

Team 0xDEADBEEF, led by Duncan Thompson of Roswell, GA, posted the highest score in MITRE’s Unique Identification of Things (IoT) challenge to claim the $50,000 first place prize from among 130 entrants. 

Thompson is a hardware engineer at Ciena Corp., where he works on verification for optical networking switches. He received his master’s degree in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. 

There were two runners up in the competition: Pulzze Systems, a technology start-up in Silicon Valley, and Tietronix, a Houston-based software engineering firm.

MITRE's IoT Challenge kicked off in October and ended on January 16. The Challenge was designed to encourage innovative ideas for addressing a key security issue inherent in IoT networks—identifying the devices on the network and knowing when changes occur.

Participants included students, entrepreneurs, small companies, and established players from around the world.

Each team was given access to radio frequency (RF) capture data from a model network that MITRE had set up to resemble a typical home with IoT devices, such as door locks, thermostats, and lighting controls. The first recording was a baseline RF capture of the environment. The second recording was a "challenge" RF recording in which IoT devices were added, removed, or modified. Each team needed to answer a series of questions about the baseline and challenge recordings, which allowed MITRE to assess the team’s ability to uniquely identify devices.