Information Assurance Meeting Planned Nov. 15: Command and Control Requirements for Moving Target Defense: A Human-Centered Perspective

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, which is free and open to the public, is Nov. 15 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.

The Institute hosts Marco Carvalho, Florida Tech associate professor, on “Command and Control Requirements for Moving Target Network Defenses.” In this talk moving target defenses will be defined, and the need for a command and control capability for moving target computer network defense (MTC2) will be discussed. The discussion will offer a human-centered perspective and some of the requirements and constraints will be presented. A conceptual human-agent teamwork approach to the problem and some of the specific concepts and technologies that could play an important role for MTC2 will be proposed. Finally, lessons learned from a preliminary proof-of-concept implementation of a human-agent teamwork approach to moving target command and control will be discussed.

Carvalho is a research scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) and a Florida Tech graduate faculty member. He received his Ph.D. from Tulane University, a master of science in computer science from the University of West Florida and in mechanical engineering from the Federal University of Brasilia (UnB), and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, also from UnB.

He is a faculty member of the Center for Applied Optimization (CAO) at the University of Florida; a permanent member of the editorial board of the Scientia Magazine (ISBN 0104-1770); a member of the editorial board for IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Part B; and the organizer of several conferences and workshops in the areas of distributed systems resilience, smart grids and biologically inspired resilience. Carvalho’s primary research interests are in the areas of tactical networks and information management systems, cognitive MANETs, cyber security and critical infrastructure protection.
For more information, contact Richard Ford at (321) 674-7473.

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Fla., the company has annual revenue of over $4 billion and 16,000 employees—including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. More information is available at

About ISSA
The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), with 109 chapters in 24 countries and more than 13,000 members, is the largest international, not-for-profit association specifically for information security professionals and practitioners. ISSA provides education, publications, information-sharing and peer forums to foster the knowledge, skill and professional growth of its members, and serves as the global voice of information security. 

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