PROGRAM DETAILS

Cyber Insecurity: Attack by Internet

Instructor
Stephen Kowel
Category
Science / Current Events
WPL02071

Course Description

Cyber warfare poses an existential threat. It attacks our privacy, our finances, our security, and our democracy. It is already changing how we behave in almost every aspect of daily activity. As individuals, we must protect ourselves against identity theft and invasion of privacy. Our corporations must contend with theft of intellectual property and network hacking. Our country risks compromise of telecommunications and critical civilian and military infrastructure. The world suffers the effects of fake news that evokes resentment and hatred. Usually the victim gets no warning, and often doesn’t even realize what damage has been done, let alone know how to respond. The attack can come from anywhere, lurking in any electronic system. Even if detected, we may not want the enemy to know because it will escalate. How is this happening? What can we do about it? How do we fight back? This lecture will discuss the current extent of hacking and the options for defensive and offensive measures. 

About the Instructor

  • Stephen Kowel, PhD, received his doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He has held faculty positions at Syracuse University, the University of California, Davis, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the University of Cincinnati, where he also served as Dean of the College of Engineering. Kowel has contributed to more than 100 papers and patents in the fields of acousto-optics, electro-optics, liquid crystal adaptive lenses, and 3-D autostereoscopic displays. He has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and of the Optical Society of America (OSA).