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Seminar:  The IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative — Accelerating Innovation in Security & Privacy Technologies

Date:February 23, 2015 
Talk Title:The IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative — Accelerating Innovation in Security & Privacy Technologies
Speaker:Greg Shannon, Chief Scientist, CERT Division at CMU Software Engineering Institute
Time & Location:12:00pm - 1:00pm
CIC Building, Pittsburgh


As highlighted at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, cyber security & privacy (S&P) are pervasive and growing concerns that affect individuals, companies, and nations.  Many IEEE members created, sustain, and grow the Internet, and IEEE has a decades-long history of forming and leading technical communities dedicated to engineering a cyberspace that provides security and privacy.  To more directly address these challenges, IEEE has launched a multi-year Cybersecurity Initiative (CybSI); its goal is to accelerate innovative research, development and use of efficient cyber security & privacy technologies that protect commerce, innovation and expression.

The first project, started last year, is the IEEE Center for Secure Design, and has published a document on avoiding common design flaws, which complements the usual approach of finding bugs that are vulnerabilities.

This year’s new project, currently called try-cybsi, uses cloud-based, browser-accessible, virtualized containers (see try41 on github) to archive, curate and present cyber security & privacy technical artifacts (code, data, results, exploits, etc.) and high-fidelity technical experiences of those artifacts (examples, demos, experiments, measurements, evaluations).  We’re collaborating with CMU and others, and are looking for volunteers to create content in compatible Docker/OpenStack containers.

In addition to three other smaller CybSI projects, we’ll touch on the related IEEE Internet Initiative that has three pillars: governance, cybersecurity, and privacy.

On behalf of IEEE, we look forward to your interest and involvement.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Greg Shannon is the Chief Scientist for the CERT® Division at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute, a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC). He works to expand the division's research results, impact, and visibility.  Outside of CERT, he works to influence national and international research agendas by promoting data-driven science for cybersecurity.

Shannon is the Chair of IEEE's Cybersecurity Initiative and a co-organizer for the forthcoming DIMACS and IEEE Workshop on Efficient and Scalable Cyber-security using Algorithms Protected by Electricity (ESCAPE). He cofounded the Workshop on Learning from Authoritative Security Experiment Results (

Prior to joining CERT, Shannon was Chief Scientist at two startups working on statistical anomaly detection in sensor streams, the science of cybersecurity, and insider threats. In earlier positions, he led applied research and development in cybersecurity and data analysis at Lucent Technologies, Lumeta, Ascend Communications, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Indiana University, and his own startup company.

Shannon received a BS in Computer Science from Iowa State University with minors in Mathematics, Economics, and Statistics. He earned his MS and PhD in Computer Sciences at Purdue University, on a fellowship from the Packard Foundation.  He is a member of ACM and a Senior Member of IEEE.