Harris Assured Information Series Hosts Brian Snow, Former Senior Technical Director at NSA June 9

  The Harris Institute for Assured Information at Florida Institute of Technology is hosting Brian Snow, in the next installment of the Harris Distinguished Lecturer series of presentations on June 9 at 6:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The lecture will be held in the third floor conference room of the Harris Center for Science and Engineering building on the Florida Tech campus.

Snow will present “Our security status is grim—and the way ahead will be hard.” Snow notes that the current news headlines make it clear that our cyber security tools and processes are not as good as they need to be. In the talk, he will explore some of the major underlying causes as to why this is the case, and provide examples of their impact.

A mathematician and computer scientist, Snow taught mathematics and helped lay the groundwork for a computer science department at Ohio University in the late 1960s. In 1971, he joined the National Security Agency, where he became a cryptologic designer and security systems architect. During his tenure there he served as a senior technical director for the Research Directorate, Information Assurance Directorate, and the Directorate for Education and Training. Since retired from the NSA, Snow is now a security consultant and ethics adviser.

Richard Ford, director of the Harris Institute, said, “Brian Snow has done a tremendous amount of good in the world as an advocate for security and the impact it has on our nation. It has been my pleasure and honor to work with him. It is a wonderful opportunity for the local information assurance community to meet and interact with Brian, and we are delighted to host him at the Harris Institute.”

For more information about the Harris Distinguished Lecturer series, contact Richard Ford, Director, Harris Institute for Assured Information, at (321) 674-7473.

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