Florida Center for Cybersecurity

Tampa, FL.—April 24, 2018—The Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) hosted nearly 200 representatives from industry, government, defense, and academia for its 2018 Research Symposium, held April 3 and 4 at the University of South Florida's Tampa campus. The second consecutive year FC2 has held this event, it boasted a 40 percent increase in registrations over the previous year. Each year, the symposium showcases the work of scholars funded by the Center's Collaborative Seed Award program, which provides funding for cybersecurity research projects led by scholars from at least two Florida public universities.

"Cybersecurity research benefits from collaboration because cybersecurity is not just a hardware or software problem, but also a human problem," noted FC2 Director Sri Sridharan. "Bringing multiple viewpoints and different approaches to the table can often inspire new breakthroughs, and that is our aim with the Collaborative Seed Award program," he said.

The event featured two keynote speakers. On the first day, Thomas J. Holt, PhD, a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, examined the darknet world of cybercrime-as-a-service in his address, "Understanding the Market and Operations of rDDoS Service Providers: Booters and Stressers in Action." On the second day, Ravi Sandhu, PhD, executive director and chief scientist for the Institute for Cyber Security (ICS), University of Texas at San Antonio, presented "Attribute-Based Access Control: Insights and Challenges."

Attendees also enjoyed a panel session on post-quantum cryptography moderated by Ed Giorgio, founder of Bridgery Technologies and co-founder of Ponte Technologies (acquired by KEYW) and the only person to have served as both the U.S. chief codemaker and, subsequently, chief codebreaker during his 30-year tenure with the National Security Agency (NSA). Click here for a complete list of presentations and presenters.

About the Florida Center for Cybersecurity
The Florida Center for Cybersecurity is a state resource established to position Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity through education and workforce development; innovative, interdisciplinary research; and community engagement. Hosted at the University of South Florida, FC2 works with all twelve State University System of Florida (SUS) institutions as well as industry, government, and defense to create connections, build partnerships, capitalize on opportunities, and encourage collaboration. The Center hosts events to engage diverse audiences throughout the year and administers funding programs that support collaborative research and cybersecurity programming at SUS institutions.

Sri Sridharan, director of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity, welcomes attendees of the 2018 Research Symposium.