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Cybersecurity futures

Publication date: Mar 07, 2011 11:02 AM

Start: Jul 16, 2010 11:00 AM
End: Jul 16, 2010 12:11 PM

Location: Brook House

Speaker: Professor Fred Chang, Director, Centre for Information Assurance and Security, University of Texas, Austin
Audience: SECReT students

Fred Chang

Professor Fred Chang, Associate Dean for Information Technology in the College of Natural Sciences, Director of the Center for Information Assurance and Security, and former Director of Research at the National Security Agency came to UCL SECReT  to talk about future challenges in cybersecurity. Dr. Chang used his extensive experience as a member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency (the Obama Administration) to talk about the swiftly evolving challenges posed by increasingly organised and highly technical cybercriminals focusing on online fraud, identity theft and denial of service attacks.

He demonstrated to SECReT students how even a computer apparently ‘secured’ by anti-virus safeguards is almost defenceless against determined and technically armed attackers, and how the human dimension can render any safeguards completely useless. Dr Chang concluded by suggesting that human behaviour scientists will have to work to a much greater extent with designers of computer systems, softwares and networks to try and achieve a better response to sophisticated cyber-criminal attacks.