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SEng Seminar Series: Guest, George Welles

Date of Event: 
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 12:15pm
Location: 
Keller Hall 3-230
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Title: When the Unexpected Happens - Security Issues in the Cyber Age

Speaker: George Welles

Presented by the University of Minnesota Software Engineering Center

Abstract: An unprecedented publicly released United States Intelligence Community Assessment said on January 12, 2017: “Russian efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election represent the most recent expression of Moscow’s longstanding desire to undermine the US-led liberal democratic order, but these activities demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity, and scope of effort compared to previous operations.” Cyber-attacks, malicious data manipulation, threats to our infrastructure and theft of our most sensitive intellectual capital continue grow at an increasing pace. The perpetrators of a number of the most serious attacks have devolved from financially driven hackers to well-funded nation-state entities. These attacks present an unprecedented threat to our national security, the very foundations of our institutions plus the safety and financial well-being of our citizenry. Cyber-attacks have become the publicly deniable, asymmetrical weapon of choice for many nations and their surrogates. The discussion will include a number of examples and responses.

The unexpected has become the expected. As we become dependent on software for almost everything we do in our lives, we must learn how to be technological resilient.

Bio: George W. Welles III, Principal and founder, Imaging Futures, Inc. and a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Mr. Welles spent twenty-two years in the telecommunications industry before leaving to form his own company. At US WEST (now CenturyLink) he managed advanced communications research and development projects as part of the internationally recognized COMPASS Lab and served as an advanced technology consultant to U S WEST and its largest strategic customers. He also has served as a subject matter expert on national security issues for the Government Technology and Research Alliance Council, Washington D.C. where he worked with senior federal executives.
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