Wednesday, September 2, 2015

First New England Security Day at UMass Amherst

On September 17, 2015, the first New England Security Day (NESD) will take place at UMass Amherst.

It will be a full day event and will take place in the Computer Science building from 8:50AM until 5PM with a free lunch but registration is required. You can come for part of the day since some may be teaching or taking classes.

The website is here.

The keynote speaker will be Jeremy Epstein of the National Science Foundation, who will speak at 9AM.

The confirmed speakers are from major research institutions in the northeast, including Rutgers, Stevens Institute of Technology. SUNY Stony Brook, UConn, Harvard, MIT, WPI, Boston University, Northeastern, and Dartmouth, which is exciting.

This event is being sponsored through  a grant by the UMass President's Office and is part of new energy and initiatives surrounding cybersecurity, with the launch of a Cybersecurity Institute happening soon. The grant was awarded to Professors Brian Levine and Emery Berger of Computer Science.

It has been enjoyable helping out to organize the NESD event over the summer with my Isenberg School colleagues, Professors Mila Sherman, Senay Solak, and Ryan Wright, along with colleagues from Computer Science,  led by Professor Brian Levine,  and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Professor Wayne Burleson) as well as Math/Stats and the Social and Behavioral Sciences - clearly a campus-wide endeavor.

There will also be poster presentations by students and two of my doctoral students, Shivani Shukla and Sara Saberi, will be presenting on our work in this domain.

Coincidentally, last year, almost on the very same day - September 19,  Professors Wayne Burleson, Sherman, Solak, and I co-organized a workshop on risk and cybersecurity at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, which was a big success and which was funded through a grant that we received through the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) in eastern MA.

It's great to see the momentum continuing to build on this important topic of research with great practical applications.

Below is a collection of the research on cybercrime and cubersecurity of my Supernetwork Center research team, with other work under review.

A Game Theory Model of Cybersecurity Investments with Information Asymmetry, Anna Nagurney and Ladimer S. Nagurney, Netnomics 16(1-2): (2015) pp 127-148.

A Multiproduct Network Economic Model of Cybercrime in Financial Services, Anna Nagurney, Service Science 7(1): (2015) pp 70-81.

A Supply Chain Game Theory Framework for Cybersecurity Investments Under Network Vulnerability, Anna Nagurney, Ladimer S. Nagurney, and Shivani Shukla, in press in Computation, Cryptography, and Network Security (2015), N.J. Daras and M.T. Rassias, Editors, Springer, New York.

The last paper above will be out in about 2 weeks in the book with the nice cover below - looking forward to its publication!