Recent News

(July 2017) Dr. Mark Fienup and I are co-authors on a work-in-progress paper on NAND flash forensics being presented this month at PDPTA '17.

What is LOSST?

The Laboratory of Security & Storage Technology (LOSST) was founded in the year 2014 by Dr. Sarah Diesburg of the Computer Science Department to research computer privacy issues dealing with data and storage. Specifically, we investigate specialized forensics and anti-forensics techniques for recovering, destroying, and hiding data. Past and present undergraduate student researchers include:


Peer-Reviewed Papers

  • Diesburg S, Fienup M. Using GPUs to Forensically Recover Non-Addressable Data on Hardware-FTL-Backed NAND Storage. The 23rd International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Processing Techniques and Applications (PDPTA ’17), July 2017 (4 pages, 28% acceptance rate).
  • Diesburg S, Feldhaus CA, Al Fardan, M, Schlicht J, Ploof N. Is Your Data Gone? Measuring User Perceptions of Deletion. The 6th International Workshop on Socio-Technical Aspects of Security and Trust (STAST), December 2016 (12 pages). Supersedes arXiv:1512.08986 [cs]. In press.
  • Diesburg S, Meyers C, Stanovich M, Wang AIA, Kuenning G. TrueErase: Leveraging an Auxiliary Data Path for Per-file Secure Deletion. ACM Transactions on Storage 12, 4 (May 2016), 18:1-18:37. DOI: (38 pages).

    Technical Reports

  • Diesburg S. Ghosts of Deletions Past: New Secure Deletion Challenges and Solutions. arXiv: 1611.04216 [cs]. (Nov. 2016).
  • Student Research Papers

  • Diercks L. The efficient recovery of deleted data from NAND flash memory. University Honors Program, University of Northern Iowa, 2016.
  • Student Research Presentations

  • To be added soon