IBM Business Analytics Workshop

The Fifth Annual Robert H. Smith School of Business and
IBM Business Analytics Workshop
"Cybersecurity Analytics"

Monday, May 18, 2015

HIGHLIGHTS: Smith & IBM Host Cybersecurity Analytics Workshop
2015 Cybersecurity Analytics Workshop Cybersecurity analytics was the theme of the Fifth Annual Business Analytics Workshop, held in College Park, Md., on Monday, May 18, 2015. Co-sponsored by the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and IBM, the day-long workshop consisted of topics ranging from calculating cybersecurity investments to applying machine learning to cyber defense. The workshop provided ample time for questions from the audience and speakers delivered real-time solutions to some of the attendees.

Since the early beginnings of the Internet, compromised data security and breaches have been important concerns. In the last decade, these concerns have escalated to unprecedented heights with increased globalization of finance and commerce, heightened competition in intellectual property, and the emergence of the threat of cyber-terrorism and cyber-warfare. In such an environment, a very important skill for government entities and corporations alike is using and processing data intelligently to rapidly identify and thwart attacks and potential breaches, and to fix vulnerabilities in systems and defenses to prevent future threats.

Business analytics techniques such as data mining, statistical pattern recognition, network optimization, and big data analysis are becoming vital tools on this front. Related applications span a wide range, including defense, intelligence, homeland security, financial data and intellectual property, security, secure commerce, and infrastructure protection.  

This workshop brings together thought leaders from the University of Maryland, IBM and the federal government to provide perspectives and share ideas on how to utilize business analytics techniques to improve cybersecurity. The presentations will focus on how analytics methodologies can be employed to that end. A panel discussion will seek to analyze and highlight synergies across the ideas and methodologies provided by the presentations.

Featured Speakers

The morning keynote speaker is Brian Barrios, portfolio director for National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). The National Cybersecurity FFRDC is operated by MITRE in partnership with the University of Maryland and with support of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). As part of NIST, an agency within the Department of Commerce, the center is dedicated to increasing the rate of adoption of practical cybersecurity solutions.

The afternoon keynote speaker is Dr. Joseph Kielman, a science advisor in the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Kielman is assigned to the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, where he now manages research programs in cybersecurity as well as visualization and data analytics.

Other speakers include Michel Cukier, director for Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES) and associate director for education for the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2); Dr. Lawrence A. Gordon, EY Alumni Professor of Managerial Accounting and Information Assurance at the Smith School and affiliate professor in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS); and Greg Porpora, chief engineer across IBM Federal Big Data and Analytics.

Registration is complimentary through the generous support of IBM. Special thanks to the Maryland Cybersecurity Center for partnering with us on this event.