2012 Cyber Summit a SuccessOn Thursday, February 23rd, UAB's Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research (CIA/JFR) held its first annual Cyber Summit: 2012 at the UAB National Alumni House. The event brought together more than 80 people interested in cybercrime and computer forensics, including UAB President Carol Garrison, CAS Dean Thomas DiLorenzo, UAB and UA-Huntsville faculty members, and some 60 representatives from business and industry including J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Facebook, PayPal, and e-Bay. "Schemes by cyber criminals are growing increasingly more sophisticated, moving far beyond the old phishing schemes that plant malware designed to steal personal information," said keynote speaker Rod Rasmussen, president of Tacoma-based Internet Identity. "Today's cyber thieves are creating widespread havoc by going after e-mail service providers hired by major corporations, including banks."
The event featured a tour of the UAB Computer Forensics Laboratories, jointly sponsored by Justice Sciences and the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and directed by Gary Warner, a catered luncheon, and break-out sessions during the afternoon at which UAB faculty described their cyber-related research to industry represenatives.
Justice Sciences' faculty members Dr. Elizabeth Gardner and Dr. John Sloan, who co-founded the Center with Dr. Anthony Skjellum, participated in the event. Dr. Gardner did a presentation on her research on pharmecuitical spam, while Dr. Sloan served as a moderator of an Industry Roundtable that featured Mr. Rasmusson, as well as representatives from Bank of America, Facebook, and PayPal.
Justice Sciences, along with five other departments across the UAB campus, is a partner of the Center for Information Assaurance and Joint Forensics Research.