Monthly Archives: September 2011

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