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UMA Cybersecurity receives a Smart Fridge for the IoT Research Presidential Grant

As we are approaching the dawn of the 5G networks revolution, IoT (Internet of Things) devices are becoming an important part of our everyday life. Smart devices have found a common place in our homes, raising concerns about privacy and security.

Dr. Betina Tagle on the left and Pierre Laot on the right posing next to the smart fridge associated with the IoT grant
Dr. Betina Tagle on the left and Pierre Laot on the right posing next to the smart fridge associated with the IoT grant

On the 30th of October, the UMA cybersecurity department received a “smart fridge” tied to the Presidential Research Grant on IoT conducted by Dr. Betina Tagle. This research aims to address privacy and security concerns as well as highlight vulnerabilities and provide guidelines to the consumer.

The research team for this smart fridge project will be composed of Dr. Tagle (Assistant professor of Cybersecurity/CIS at UMA) as the principal investigator of this research, Pierre Laot (Cybersecurity Engineer at UMA) as technical advisor, and UMA students.

Students will be conducting analysis and testing and developing methods to exploit the system of the smart fridge. They will assess the level of security of this appliance and provide detailed information about the privacy and security concerns associated with it.

UMA Students from ANY UMA location are invited to take part in this research—distance is no obstacle! If you are interested in joining our team please contact Dr. Tagle at betina.tagle@maine.edu.


UMA’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program incorporates a multidisciplinary perspective through a combination of courses that offer a holistic approach to cybersecurity education by providing the opportunity to take courses not only in computer science and technology but also in the humanities, social sciences, and ethics.

The BS in Cybersecurity received the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) designation from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which recognizes curricula that meet the stringent academic standards of the CAE-CD program.