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2018-01-03 / Local News

Church’s lecture to address cybersecurity

by KEATON T. DEPRIEST
Associate Editor

North Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Forest Road, Amherst, will offer a breakfast lecture titled “Cybersecurity Simplified” from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13.

The session will be led by two University at Buffalo experts in the field of cybersecurity: Shambhu Upadhyaya and David Murray.

Admission to the lecture is $5, and reservations should be made by calling 632-1330 or by emailing n.church@verizon.net.

Upadhyaya is a professor of computer science and engineering and associate dean for graduate education and research in the Department of Computer Science and Research.

Murray is a clinical associate professor and director of Sleiman Computer Laboratories.

Both men will discuss security measures on their campus, the best security practices, attack scenarios and password management.

Upadhyaya also directs the Center of Excellence in Information Systems Assurance Research and Education, a role that is designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

His current projects involve insider threat assessment, continuous authentication and deception to deal with advanced persistent threats.

Additionally, Upadhyaya holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India. He also has a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Newcastle in Australia.

Murray earned his undergraduate and master’s in business administration degrees from the University at Buffalo.

He teaches digital forensics, introduction to management information systems and business courses. Murray has led the School of Management’s Western New York Cybersecurity Workshop Outreach program.

In that role, he offers live demonstrations of cybersecurity equipment, hands-on activities and basic lessons on a range of topics, including data encryption, wireless security, digital forensics, firewalls and strong passwords for middle and high schools.

This breakfast lecture is hosted with Amherst and Clarence Presbyterian churches.

email: kdepriest@beenews.com

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