Information Assurance Meeting Planned Oct. 21 “Introduction to Cloud Computing”

MELBOURNE, FLA.—The Harris Institute for Assured Information at Florida Institute of Technology and the Space Coast Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) present a monthly lecture series on security trends and topics. This month’s meeting, on cloud computing, is Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the third floor conference room of the Harris Center for Science and Engineering building on the Florida Tech campus. It is free and open to the public.

Malcolm McRoberts of Harris Corp. will provide this introduction to cloud computing. “Many see cloud computing as the ‘next big thing’ in IT, but cloud computing is already here, and we need to understand what it means to us and how we use it to do business,” said McRoberts. He will define cloud computing and discuss its benefits, challenges, the current state of the industry and future trends.

McRoberts is a member of the Harris Enterprise Architecture Core Technology Center and is principal investigator on the Foundation IRAD, which conducts research into cloud computing, service-oriented architecture (SOA), SOA security, semantic discovery, content management and other enterprise technologies.

McRoberts has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Central Florida. His recent publications include “Identity propagation in N-tier systems” (MILCOM 2009), “SOA technical architecture governance‒ evaluating maturity of standards” (IEEE SysCon 2010), and “Using AOP to Separate SOA Security Concerns from Application Implementation” (MILCOM 2010).

For more information, contact Richard Ford at (321) 674-7473.

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