Internet and Security: A Closer Look

(free and open to the public;
high school students/parents/teachers/administrators are particularly welcome

Philip Chan, Heather Crawford, Richard Ford (Florida Tech)
Jan 16, Friday, 7-8pm, Auditorium (Room 118), Olin Engineering Complex, Florida Tech

Materials from the lecture: Key Ideas of the Internet, Why Security, Smartphone Security


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Press Release

Started as a government-funded project in the 1960s, the Internet has become ubiquitous in our lives. Key design ideas of the interent provide the flexibility that allows quick adoption and innovation, which change how we communicate, conduct business, disseminate/gather information, educate/learn, and entertain.

Similar to other technology, the internet can be abused for malicious purposes. With attacks like the Sony Hack, Heartbleed, and Shellshock, we're in a mess. We attempt to answer just one question: why? Beginning with the design of computers, and ending with the way people perceive risk, this short lecture takes a broad look at Internet Security, and explains why we have to win... but may not.

Smartphones aren't just phones anymore: they're fully-fledged computers. This means that, like desktop and laptop computers, they're vulnerable to a number of security risks such as malware and data loss. As computer scientists, we study the effect of this new computing environment on the security landscape and devise new ways of protecting our privacy.

About the speakers:

Philip Chan is an Associate Professor in computer science at Florida Tech. His main research interests include machine learning and data mining.

Heather Crawford is an Assistant Professor in the Harris Institute for Assured Information and in the Department of Computer Sciences and Cybersecurity at Florida Tech. Her research interests include computer and information security, behavioral modeling, alternative authentication, usable security, mobile device security, biometrics and ubiquitous computing.

Richard Ford is Harris Professor for Computer Science in Assured Information and Head of the Computer Sciences and Cybersecurity Department at Florida Tech. He has over 20 years of experience working in computer security, and is an active researcher in the field of novel exploit creation and malicious code prevention.

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