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Security Threats and Mitigation Part Two

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Join us for part two of "Security Threats and Mitigation: The Duality Between Reactive and Proactive Security!"

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Cybersecurity is an essential concern as we continue to witness a rise in threats to individuals, corporations, and governments. In this talk, Professor Venkat Venkatakrishnan will cover variety of security threats — aimed for the masses as well as those crafted specifically for identified targets. Then, he will turn to questions of mitigation and prevention, which involve two broad approaches. The first is a reactive approach that focuses on detecting and mitigating threats as they happen. The other is a proactive approach where the underlying root cause of the threats are identified and addressed. He argues the concurrent pursuit of these seemingly opposite directions as essential in a broader cybersecurity strategy. Along the way, Professor Venkatakrishnan will highlight results from his past and ongoing research along both these dimensions.

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  • Modern security threats
  • Directions taken by cutting-edge research solutions
  • Broader challenges for the field of cybersecurity

If you would like to watch part one of "Security Threats and Mitigation," head to the TechReady Illinois YouTube Channel.

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Professor Venkat Venkatakrishnan’s research interests are in the security of software systems, and more specifically, in the areas of vulnerability analysis, attack detection/prevention, security-conscious software design, development, and verification. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2009 and has received four best paper awards at security conferences, including a 2018 USENIX Security Distinguished Paper Award. His research (over 18 million in funding as PI/Co-PI) is supported by National Science Foundation, US Department of Defense, US Department of Energy as well as from the industry. In 2011, he led a group of 15 faculty to the creation of an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in cybersecurity at UIC that is cross-listed across four different colleges and six departments and is the director of this program. For his research contributions, he received the University of Illinois Scholar award in 2017, and for his contributions to education, he was awarded the Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015, the highest university-level teaching award. He received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from Stony Brook University in 2004. Venkat is Professor of Computer Science at UIC, and is also the Interim Director of Research at the Discovery Partner Institute, where he leads DPI's R&D program.

What is TechReady Illinois?

TechReady Illinois provides access to discounted courses for unemployed and underemployed Illinois residents looking to upskill or pivot into a career in technology. It is a growing program created through a partnership between two Chicago nonprofits, P33 and Discovery Partners Institute. This webinar is one in a series of webinars offered by TechReady Illinois on Wednesdays at 12pm CDT. Topics range from learning about TechReady and its educational and nonprofit partners to important career skills like networking and agility to topics in technology.

What is DPI?

The Discovery Partners Institute empowers people to jumpstart their tech careers or companies in Chicago. Led by the University of Illinois System in partnership with local and global research universities, DPI does three things centered around economic development: tech talent development for high-demand tech jobs; applied research and development; and building a stronger tech ecosystem.

What is P33?

Embracing Chicago’s innovation roots, P33 is the catalyst fostering better connections between Chicago stakeholders and the global tech and innovation community to facilitate economic growth.

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