OLLI talk on Cybersecurity June 8 at 10:00am

Michael Soltys OLLI talk on Cybersecurity
June 8, 10:00am-12:00pm.
In Broome Library 2325

Title: Best practices for staying safe on the Internet

Abstract: The Internet enables us to do wonderful things: stay connected with family and friends (e.g., Skype), shop from the comfort of our home (e.g., Amazon), watch movies at the time of our choosing and without commercials (e.g., Netflix), and check news headlines personalized to our interests and tastes (e.g., Twitter). But all this comes with a slew of threats and dangers: like the highwaymen of old, hackers prey on vulnerable victims, without having to leave their house, and covered by a blanket of anonymity. This talk will present best practices to stay safe on the Internet, enjoy its benefits, and reduce its risks.

I will also discuss the recent OAuthy and WannaCry attacks.

See here for signing up for OLLI classes.

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CI press release re my forthcoming SAME talk on cybersecurity

CSUCI Cyber-security expert to speak at on-campus engineering convention.

Camarillo, Calif., Feb. 20, 2017—Whether it’s personal information, medical records, national security or election results, computer hacking is a rising national and global concern.

CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) Computer Science Chair and Professor Michael Soltys, Ph.D., will share his cybersecurity expertise to an audience of professional engineers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 23 in the Grand Salon.

“Our society is under constant cyber-threat, as our infrastructure, our economy, and our privacy, depend on secure IT systems,” Soltys said. “My talk will consider the major threats, and present examples of how hackers attack our systems.”

Sponsored by the nonprofit Oxnard Ventura Post of the Society of American Military Engineers, the presentation is geared toward an audience with a high degree of computer expertise, so Soltys plans to share cybersecurity best practices.

“I plan to give more of a technical talk from the engineering point of view,” Soltys said. “How to write code that is more defended. I plan to show techniques hackers use to get into systems.”

One of the principal causes of cyber-vulnerability is faulty software, a problem Soltys addresses in a textbook on algorithms he wrote for software engineers.

Aside from his teaching at CSUCI, Soltys also acts as Director of IT Security for Executek International where he specializes in forensic work.

The public is welcome at the presentation, which is on campus at One University Drive in Camarillo. Cost is $30 a person for lunch.

Follow the directional signage to Parking Lots A-4 and A-11, then follow “walk this way” signage to the Grand Salon.

To register for the presentation, click on:

http://www.same.org/Oxnard-Ventura

 

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Talk by Jan Holub on pattern matching in genomes

Talk by Jan Holub, Exact and Approximate Pattern Matching in Genomes, on Tuesday November 1, at 6pm, in Sierra 1422.

Bio: Jan Holub is a professor at Faculty of Information Technology in Czech Technical University in Prague. He leads a research group called the Prague Stringology Club and organizes annual conference Prague Stringology Conference. He received his Ph.D. in 2000. He spent some time in University of Marne-la-Vallee, France, McMaster University, Canada, Ecole polytechnique, France, and Aalto University, Finland. Currently he is a Fulbright scholar at Pennsylvania State University, USA. His research interests cover stringology (computer science about algorithms over strings), data compression, and bioinformatics.

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