Oregon Computer Security Day to host national leaders from industry, government

Computer information and network security took center stage over the last year after revelations brought forward by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, high-profile hacking attacks directed at Facebook, Twitter and other prominent U.S. domains, and the theft of personal financial information from companies including Target and Mt. Gox, one of the largest traders of the digital currency Bitcoin.

As information storage and computing power continues to move toward scalable, cloud-based solutions, industry and government organizations must develop new methods of securing large amounts of personal information. These issues and more will be addressed on Friday, April 11 as part of Oregon Computer Security Day, sponsored by the UO’s Department of Computer and Information Science. The all-day event starts at 8:40 a.m. in the auditorium of the John Jacqua Academic Center, Agate Street and Franklin Boulevard. 

Now in its fourth consecutive year, Oregon Computer Security Day will host distinguished speakers from academic, industry and government research groups who are working at the forefront of computer and network security. The speakers will lead discussions on everything from examining future trends in computer security, to understanding cyber security within the federal government, to exciting new research in authentication mechanisms and securing systems and data. There will be opportunities to engage with the speakers and other attendees.

Guest speakers include Robert Cunningham, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory; Elena S. Peterson, U.S. Department of Energy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Roger R. Schell, University of Southern California; and Ramarathnam Venkatesan of Microsoft Research. Collectively, this year’s guest speakers represent decades of experience with leading government and industry organizations—including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration (DARPA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Institute for Information Protection (I3P) and the National Security Agency (NSA)—and hold patents in cryptography, authentication, bioinformatics and more.

In addition to the sessions with the guest speakers, there will be a student poster session and faculty led discussions to provide more information on research initiatives within the UO’s Department of Computer and Information Science. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet each other in breakout sessions where they will engage in discussions about current trends and research in information security.

Admission is free, but registration in advance is required and space may be limited. To register, contact the organizers at secday@cs.uoregon.edu. Oregon Security Day is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as well as by support from Galois, a Portland-based systems security and cryptography firm, and Symantec, a national mobile and cloud security developer with offices in the Eugene-Springfield area.