Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Securing our Borders-Are We There Yet?

Friday, October 5, 2012


Since I currently work in the Network Security field, attending this session was of great interest to me.  This session included panelists Seniha Esen Yuksel (University of Florida), Pamela Arya (A-T Solutions), Laura McLay (Virginia Commonwealth University), Susan A. Wilson (Northrup Grumman Information Systems), and moderator Wendy Rannenberg (GlobalCerts, LLC).
 
The main objective of this session was to discuss where we are as computer scientists in securing U.S. borders.  Specifically, the panelists presented information on alternative homeland security methods, algorithms used for data collection, and the implementation of better strategies to secure our borders that will be seamless in today's society.
 
I was most impressed with panelist Laura McLay from Virginia Commonwealth University. Not only was it a pleasure to see a woman so poised and knowledgeable, but very young as well.  Ms. McLay presented her research that she had done with TSA for Security Checkpoints at airports across the country.  Specifically, she spoke of LAX, one of the busiest airports and targets.  McLay has conducted research on large scale game theoretic optimization, behavioral models, etc.  Her research and ideas were very interesting as well as left a lot of room for further research.  Hint, Hint as she stated, "My work could be used for future dissertation/thesis works."  In addition to her excellent presentation, she also offered a lot of encouraging words.  The most important thing that I took away was that we are underrepresented in this field as women but not to be discouraged and that we must keep working hard and moving forward to show our counterparts that we are a force to be reckoned with!
 
Overall, I truly enjoyed this session because I was able to see another facet of the Security field.  This has further confirmed that  this is the industry where I want to further my career!

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