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Cybersecurity Symposium


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In order of appearance:

Peter Alfonso, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and Economic Development
University of Rhode Island

Dr. Peter Alfonso became the first Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Rhode Island in March 1, 2007. He holds a number of public and private sector science advocacy positions, including service on the Executive Committee of the APLU Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education, the Board of Directors of the EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation and Coalition, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce subcommittees on enhancing the RI knowledge economy, and the RI Science and Technology Advisory Council. Dr. Alfonso is a 1990 Fulbright Research Scholar to The Netherlands, a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and a Fellow of the American Council on Education. [read more]

David Dooley, Ph.D.
University of Rhode Island

Dr. David M. Dooley became the 11th president of the University of Rhode Island in July 2009. He joined the University with nearly 30 years of experience in public and private higher education. Since he's been in Rhode Island, President Dooley has traveled throughout the state --- each trip he considers to be just a "little more than a Montana mile" -- to meet with community groups, business leaders, politicians, alumni and more. He met with journalists at media outlets statewide, participated in a web chat with Providence Journal readers, and started his own blog. He has watched football games with URI students in the newly renovated basement of his campus home, invited artists to display their works there, and he has even thrown out the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game. [read more]

James Langevin
U.S. Congressman
State of Rhode Island

Throughout his career, Congressman Jim Langevin has made Rhode Island's priorities his own and fought to open the doors of government to its rightful owners - the people of this great nation.

Recognized as a national and party leader on national security, health care and stem cell research, Congressman Jim Langevin has dedicated his many years of public service at the federal and state levels to the hard-working citizens of Rhode Island. [read more]

Sheldon Whitehouse
U.S. Senator
State of Rhode Island

For more than 20 years, Sheldon Whitehouse has served the people of Rhode Island: championing health care reform, standing up for our environment, helping solve fiscal crises, and investigating public corruption. Now, his experience as a seasoned prosecutor and policymaker is at work for Rhode Island in the U.S. Senate, where he is bringing new leadership to Congress and working to set our country on a different course.

Whitehouse has emerged as a strong voice in Washington for issues affecting the people of Rhode Island. With the Ocean State facing record high unemployment, Whitehouse has worked hard to stabilize the economy and put people back to work. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which he supported, has created or saved more than 11,000 jobs in Rhode Island since it became law in 2009. He continues fighting in the Senate for greater investment in infrastructure and clean energy to create good jobs today and provide essential services to Rhode Island for years to come. [read more]

General Keith B. Alexander
Commander, U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM)
Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service (NSA/CSS), Fort George G. Meade, MD

General Keith B. Alexander, USA, is the Commander, U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service (NSA/CSS), Fort George G. Meade, MD. As Commander, USCYBERCOM, he is responsible for planning, coordinating and conducting operations and defense of DoD computer networks as directed by USSTRATCOM. As the Director of NSA and Chief of CSS, he is responsible for a Department of Defense agency with national foreign intelligence, combat support, and U.S. national security information system protection responsibilities. NSA/CSS civilian and military personnel are stationed worldwide. [read more]

Yan Sun, Ph. D.
Associate Professor, Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering
University of Rhode Island
Understanding Cascading Failures in the U.S. Power Grid and Theoretical Foundation of Building Trust in Distributed Networks

Yan (Lindsay) Sun received her B.S. degree with the highest honor from Peking University in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Maryland in 2004. She joined the University of Rhode Island in 2004, where she is currently an associate professor in the department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering. [read more]

Douglas Maughan, Ph.D.
Director, Cyber Security Division
Department of Homeland Security

Dr. Douglas Maughan is a Branch Chief in Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) within the Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Doug is directing the Cyber Security Research and Development activities at HSARPA. Prior to his appointment at DHS, Doug was a Program Manager in the Advanced Technology Office (ATO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Virginia. His research interests and related programs were in the areas of networking and information assurance. [read more]

Theresa Murray
Regional Catastrophic Planner
Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency
Cyber Disruption Efforts in Rhode Island

Theresa Murray is a Regional Catastrophic Planner at the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency. Murray joined RIEMA in June 2009 as the Regional Planning Coordinator overseeing Regional Planners covering 39 communities in Rhode Island for the development of Emergency Operations Plans, Continuity of Operations Plans and Dam Emergency Action Plans. Murray has also led the revision of the State Emergency Operations Plan. [read more]

Victor Fay-Wolfe, Ph.D.
Professor, Computer Science and Statistics
University of Rhode Island
Research, Commercial Transitions, RI State Police Lab, Training, Degree Programs, Data Security

Dr. Victor Fay-Wolfe is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Rhode Island (URI), where has been since 1991. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University and his MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Fay-Wolfe founded URI's Digital Forensics Program, a national leader in digital forensics academic programs, which includes an undergraduate and graduate curriculum, a research program, and a service center. He has obtained over $10M in federal research grants and published over 100 professional articles and books. [read more]

Jeffrey Troy
Deputy Assistant Director
FBI Cyber Division
Cyber Threats and Responses

Jeffrey Troy is the Deputy Assistant Director of the Cyber Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Jeffery Troy currently manages the Cyber National Security and Cyber Criminal Programs. Mr. Troy has created and instituted new strategies to more effectively identify and dismantle cyber criminal organizations and worked aggressively to build strong domestic and international cyber law enforcement partnerships through collocation of datasets and investigative/analytical resources; through joint investigations; and through the development of international threat mitigation strategies. [read more]

S/A Daniel Dickerman
Technical Advisor & Director of Training
IRS Criminal Investigation, Electronic Crimes
The Evolution of Cyber Forensics

Special Agent Daniel Dickerman is the Technical Advisor and Director of Training for the IRS Criminal Investigation Electronic Crimes program.

Special Agent Dickerman is a criminal investigator and was trained by the U.S. Treasury Computer Forensic Training Program as a computer forensic examiner. Throughout his career, he has been extensively trained in digital evidence recovery, networks, computer security, intrusion investigations, and many other areas, and has conducted thousands of forensic examinations. [read more]

Alan White
Director of Security and Risk Consulting
Workforce Issues

Alan White is Dell SecureWorks Director of Security and Risk Consulting for North America. Dell SecureWorks is a market leading provider of world-class information security services with over 2,900 clients worldwide spanning North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. Organizations of all sizes, including more than 15 percent of the Fortune 500, rely on Dell SecureWorks to protect their cyber assets. Dell SecureWorks has also won SC Magazine's "Best Managed Security Service" award for 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009. [read more]

Kevin Bryan
Computer Science PhD Candidate
University of Rhode Island
Research in Steganography Detection

Kevin Bryan is a PhD candidate in the Computer Science Department at the University of Rhode Island (URI). He has a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Science in Computer Science degree from URI. Mr. Bryan is the lead researcher on the URI Digital Forensics Center's project on steganography detection - a four year project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice to detect if contraband has been hidden in digital files. [read more]

Lisa DiPippo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Computer Science and Statistics
University of Rhode Island
Utilizing Trust to Secure Wireless Routing Protocols

Dr. Lisa DiPippo is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Statistics at the University of Rhode Island. She earned her BS in Computer Science at Lafayette College, and her MS and PhD in Computer Science, and Applied Mathematics respectively at URI. Her research interests include communication protocols, wireless sensor networks, data distribution, real-time middleware, and real-time systems. [read more]

Peiter "Mudge" Zatko
Program Manager, Information Innovation Office

Mudge joined DARPA's Information Innovation Office (I2O) with the mission of changing how the government approaches cyber programs, and to act as an ambassador to hacker-spaces, maker-labs, and other non-standard pools of talent. Peiter "Mudge" Zatko is perhaps best known as the hacker who told the U.S. Senate that he could take down the Internet in 30 minutes (BGP). He has testified to the United States Senate Committee on Government Affairs as a subject-matter expert in regard to the security of government systems, and to the House and Senate Joint Judiciary Oversight Committee as a subject-matter expert on cyber crime. [read more]

Marcus H. Sachs, P.E.
Vice President of Government Affairs for National Security Policy

Marcus Sachs is Verizon's Vice President for National Security Policy, and the Vice Chair of the Communications Sector Coordinating Council. He serves on several other public/private working groups in Washington and was a member of the CSIS Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency. From 2003 to 2010 he volunteered as the Director of the SANS Internet Storm Center. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2001 following a 20 year career and was subsequently appointed by the President to serve in the White House Office of Cyberspace Security in 2002-2003. He holds degrees in Civil Engineering, Computer Science, and Science and Technology Commercialization, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy at George Mason University. He authored and teaches a three-day course in Critical Infrastructure Protection at the SANS Institute and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. [read more]

Yuhong Liu
Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering PhD Candidate
University of Rhode Island
Safety Assurance of Neural-controlled Artificial Legs

Yuhong Liu is a PhD candidate in the Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Rhode Island (URI). She received her B.S. degree in information engineering in 2004 and M.S. degree in signal processing in 2007, both from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. Her primary research interests include trustworthy computing and network security. [read more]

Arthur W. Coviello, Jr.
Executive Vice President, EMC Corporation and
Executive Chairman, RSA, The Security Division of EMC

Art Coviello is responsible for RSA's strategy and day-to-day operations as it delivers EMC's global vision of information-centric security.

Mr. Coviello was Chief Executive Officer of RSA Security, Inc. prior to its acquisition by EMC in 2006. He joined the company in 1995 and has been a driving force in its rapid growth, increasing revenue from $25 million in 1995 to revenues of over $700 million in 2010. Mr. Coviello's expertise and influence have made him a recognized leader in the industry, where he plays a key role in several national cyber-security initiatives. Mr. Coviello has spoken at numerous conferences and forums around the world. [read more]

Cybersecurity Symposium 2011

Strengthening Cybersecurity in Rhode Island
For more information about this event, please contact:

Dr. Lisa DiPippo
Dept of Computer Science and Statistics
9 Greenhouse Road
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: 401-874-2701