Securing Our Future Symposium

Securing Our Future Symposium: Preparing Students for the Cyber Workforce

When: Friday September 9, 2011, 1:00 PM

Where: Minnegan Room, Johnny Unitas Stadium, Towson University

Sponsored by:
National Science Foundation, Baltimore ACM, and the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Towson University

Why is secure programming so important? What do students and teachers need to know about security?

Are we teaching security skills that are needed in today’s workplace?

Cost: This meeting is free and open to the public. For refreshment planning purposes, RSVPs are requested, but not required; the earlier the better. Also, an RSVP ensures your free gift is waiting for you.

RSVP: email Helen Harrison at or phone 410-704-3788

Parking and Directions


Parking is free, attendants will be on hand to direct you

Latest Details: Please visit the Symposium website, .

This project is supported by the National Science Foundation under grant DUE-0817267.


1:00 pm Introductions
1:10 pm Robert Seacord: Secure Coding – What Teachers and Students Need to Know
1:35 pm Eric Sheridan: Security Skills for the Cyber Workforce
2:00 pm Davina Pruitt-Mentle: Challenges in Security Education
2:25 pm Break – Panel Setup
2:30 pm Panel – “Securing our future”
Members: Robert Seacord, Eric Sheridan, Davina Pruitt-Mentle, Blair Taylor
3:00 pm Security Injections @ Towson Showcase
Hors d’oeuvres

About the speakers:

Robert C. Seacord – CERT/Carnegie Mellon University

Robert Seacord is a computer security specialist and author with over 25 years of software development experience in industry, defense, and research. Robert is currently a Senior Vulnerability Analyst with the CERT/Coordination Center at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). His principal areas of expertise include software security, C, C++, and Java-programming languages, component-based development, graphical interface design, and human factors. Robert is considered the premier authority on secure coding in C and C++.

Eric Sheridan – WhiteHat Security

Eric Sheridan (TU’06) is the Chief Scientist, Static Analysis at WhiteHat Security and a Managing Partner at Infrared Security. He is an experienced application security consultant responsible for developing, executing, and integrating security activities within the software development lifecycle (SDLC). His activities include designing security training curriculum, secure coding guidelines, threat modeling, secure code review and penetration testing. Eric Sheridan is a frequent leader and contributor to the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP).

Davina Pruitt-Mentle – Educational Technology Policy, Research and Outreach, CyberWatch, K12 Division

Dr. Davina Pruitt-Mentle is a senior researcher and policy analyst for Educational Technology Policy, Research and Outreach (ETPRO). Davina has extensive experience in the fields of STEM education, cyberawareness, and K-16 cyberethics, safety and security awareness, and developing programs to increase the IS/IA workforce pipeline. Research and development interests have focused on the Cyberethics, Cybersafety and Cybersecurity (C3) framework; she is chair of the upcoming C3 Conference in October,

Blair Taylor – Towson University

Dr. Blair Taylor is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Towson University and is the PI for the Security Injections @ Towson project. Security injections are strategically-placed security-related modules for existing undergraduate classes. Blair has over 20 years of teaching experience. In addition to her work creating secure coding materials for teachers and students, Blair has experience in information assurance education and two and four-year computer science articulation.

We hope you can join us. Thanks for your attention:

The BACM Executive Committee:
Craig Holcomb, Chair,
Bill Edelstein, Vice Chair
Glenn Speights, Secretary
Jason Pyeron, Treasurer
Emil Volcheck, Past Chair

Second Annual Flash Talks on Computing at BACM Annual Meeting, June 22, 2011

The Baltimore ACM Chapter invites you to join us for our second annual Flash Talks on Computing, in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting of the Chapter, The program will consist of up to twelve, five-minute flash talks on various topics related to computing. Here are the talks currently scheduled:

  • How to Make a Difference in National IT Policy with USACM – Emil Volcheck (USACM)
  • Enterprise Information Systems Architectural Framework – Wole Akpose (HNT Solutions)
  • The Mechanics of Web-Scale Services: An Engineer’s Perspective – Dave Barnett (Lotame)
  • Internet voting: can we make it secure for private organizations? – Bill Edelstein (JHU)
  • Bmoresmart: Nonprofits Need IT Support Too! – Scott Burkholder (Bmoresmart)
  • Ethical Issues in Computing – Prof. Joyce Currie Little (Towson University)
  • Electronic Health Records: – 3 approaches from 3 standards bodies – Roy Albin (Actionet)
  • Using Sound for Program Understanding – Lewis Berman (Loyola University in Maryland)

When: Wednesday, June 22nd, 8:00 PM

Where: The Engineering Society of Baltimore
11 W. Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD 21201

This meeting is free and open to the public.

Do you have something to say about a topic related to computing?
Please submit a brief proposal (no more than 300 words) to Dr. Emil Volcheck at

Last years topics included:
* Synthetic Yeast: Designing a Microbial Engineer
* The Baltimore Node
* Voting Technology: Maryland, the US and the World
* Certification Organizations for Computing and Information Technology Around the World
* Encapsulation
* Bringing Google Fiber to Baltimore
* Plea for Accessible Technology


We will offer a buffet dinner at the Engineering Society at 6:30 PM.
The offering is the ESB Garden Salad, choice of Grilled Chicken Caesar or Salmon Cake, Dessert, and Tea or Coffee. A vegetarian option is available on request (please inquire).

To join us for dinner, by Sunday June 19th, please send a check for $30 per person made out to “BACM” to

Baltimore ACM
10 W. 24th St., Suite 310
Baltimore, MD 21218

Or please remit $30 per person by PayPal with this link:

Because seating is limited at this event, we would appreciate if you would let us know if you will attend.
Please email Craig Holcomb at, and let him know if you will be joining us for dinner and the talks, or just the talks. Please provide your name and the names of any guests.
We will include you on further announcements and updates.


Now is a great time to renew your BACM membership, or to finally join by using the PayPal link above.

Dues in the Baltimore ACM Chapter (annual):

$25 for a regular membership,
$100 for a supporting membership,
$5 for a student



Light Rail:

From the light rail stop at Howard and Centre, walk a block north, turn right on Monument, then go four blocks east to Mt. Vernon Place.
The light rail schedule is on the web at:

Driving Directions:

From the south:

Either take 95 to Exit 53 and follow the signs to Inner Harbor, or take 295, continuing as the freeway ends and becomes Russell St. Turn Right on Pratt Street. Turn Left on Charles Street (one-way North). Follow Charles Street north one mile to Baltimore’s Washington Monument. At the monument, turn left on Monument Street (also known as Mt. Vernon Place). Follow one block to Cathedral Street and turn left. Go one short block across the square. The Engineering Society will be on your left. The Peabody Court Hotel is immediately on your right, facing the Washington Monument.

From the north:

Take 83 south and exit on Guilford Ave. Turn right on to Madison St. and take it west, crossing Charles St. and then left to Cathedral St. Then directions are as above.

Additional directions, details, and a Google Maps link are here: .


Valet parking is available for $10 (with ESB validation) at the Peabody Court Hotel across Cathedral St. or in the Walters Art Museum lot for $8 at Cathedral and Centre St.

Thank you for your attention,

The BACM Executive Committee
Craig Holcomb, Chair
William Edelstein, Vice Chair
Roy Albin, Secretary
Jason Pyeron, Treasurer
Emil Volcheck, Past Chair

Baltimore ACM Website:

Entrepreneurship: a presentation by David Turock, Wed. 04/27

The Baltimore ACM Chapter, the Greater Baltimore Technology Council, and the Emerging Technology Center invite you to attend a presentation on entrepreneurship.

When: Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Presentation at 7:00 PM, preceded by a tour of ETC at 5:30 PM

Where: Emerging Technology Center (ETC @ Canton), 2400 Boston St.

Title: Entrepreneurship


David Turock will present a side-by-side comparison of two telecommunications start-ups that he launched: one successful, and one not. He compares and contrasts their funding sources, agility and scalability of their business models, hiring practices, and more. His experience and lessons learned will be valuable for aspiring tech entrepreneurs. He finishes with how his interests have shifted to using technology to promote social and environmental causes.

About the speaker:

Mr. Turock is a veteran entrepreneur and currently a Director of Counsel RB Capital. He holds a patent on VoIP, and is an expert on telecommunications technologies and their applications. Mr. Turock began his career working with AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1982 and Bell Communications Research in 1988, and subsequently founded enhanced telephone service provider, Call Sciences. He later formed Interexchange, which designed and operated one of the world’s largest debit card systems. Most recently, from 2001 to 2007, Mr. Turock was Chief Technology Officer of Therap Services, a provider of informatics services to disabled patients. Mr. Turock received his B.S. in Experimental Psychology from Syracuse University, his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Cognitive Psychology from Rutgers University, and his M.S.E. in Computer Science from the Moore School of the University of Pennsylvania.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The tour of the Emerging Technology Center will begin at 5:30 pm, led by Fulya Gursel. The tour will stop at the Beehive, Infinite Biomedical Technologies, and at SmartLogic Solutions.

Baltimore ACM (BACM) invites you to join us for pizza starting at 6:30 pm.
There is no charge, but please RSVP to Emil Volcheck at .

Directions and Parking:

The ETC Canton facility is located at the American Can Company complex, 2400 Boston Street in Baltimore. ETC is on the 3rd floor of the building that houses the Austin Grille restaurant and the entrance is next to the Lenscrafters store. There is a 3 hour visitor parking in front of the building on the Boston Street side.

The building will be open until 9:00 pm.


Emerging Technology Center (ETC @ Canton)
2400 Boston St.
Factory Building, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21224

Driving Directions:

We hope you can join us.

The next BACM event will be an evening of 5-minute lightning talks the
evening of Thursday, June 22, at the Engineering Society. Please hold
the date. We will issue a call for submissions soon.


The Baltimore ACM Executive Committee

Craig Holcomb, Chair
William Edelstein, Vice Chair
Roy Albin, Secretary
Jason Pyeron, Treasurer
Emil Volcheck, Past Chair

About the sponsors

The Baltimore Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery
(BACM) advances the community of practitioners and researchers in the
field of computing in the Greater Baltimore metropolitan region.

The Greater Baltimore Technology Council facilitates successful
Business Networking in Baltimore and the surrounding areas and is a
gateway to the region’s tech community.

The Emerging Technology Centers (ETC) are a non-profit business
incubator program with two separate incubator facilities, focused on
growing early-stage technology and biotechnology companies in
Baltimore City.