Cybersecurity at VCU

Cybersecurity Center

Seminar Series


Previous Speakers 

CCI AI Testbed Overview
Dr. Abdul Rahman
Moderated by Milos Manic
11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. EST | Friday, April 2

Abstract: This talk is intended to share information to the CCI community. We will discuss the architecture, processes, and current implementation of the CCI AI Testbed. Some sample problems will be described on its use.

Bio: Abdul Rahman is the CCI AI Testbed Director. The CCI AI Testbed will help academia, industry, and government evaluate and verify the level of trust and assurance they have in artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms before they gain wider use. Previously, Rahman served as chief scientist at Fidelis Cybersecurity, vice president of strategy and technology at Mantech, vice president of technical delivery and chief scientist at TexelTek Inc., and held several positions at Booz, Allen, Hamilton, including lead of modeling, simulation, and war gaming. He has a deep understanding of industry and government requirements. Rahman has designed and built AI and machine learning analytics platforms to support multi-domain data fusion predictive capabilities. He’s led cross-functional teams of threat researchers, data scientists, and engineers to refine, improve, and develop threat detections. He is also an Eagle Scout. Rahman earned a B.S. in both mathematics and physics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned a M.S. in physics as well as a Ph.D. in both physics and mathematics, all from Howard University.


Cyber Physical Security Systems for Smart Grid
Dr. Manimaran Govindarasu Iowa State University
Moderated by Milos Manic
11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. EST | Friday, March 12

Modern power grid, called the smart grid, is a complex cyber-physical system (CPS) that forms the lifeline of our society. The grid’s reliable, secure, and resilient operation is of paramount importance to national security and economic well-being. In recent years, there has been a growing trend of cyber-attacks, both in number and sophistication, targeting critical infrastructures around the globe. This evolving threat landscape underscores the importance and urgency of cybersecurity RandD for critical infrastructures, such as the smart grid. This talk first provides an overview of smart grid’s cybersecurity challenges. Then, it presents a holistic cybersecurity framework illustrating the significance of CPS security solutions for two key control center applications: Automatic Generation Control and wide-area protection. Finally, the talk highlights the importance of testbed-based modeling and evaluation for realistic attack-defense experimentations and grid exercises.

Bio: Dr. Manimaran Govindarasu currently holds the title of Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Mehl Professor of Computer Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. His research experience includes CPS security for the smart grid, Internet security, and real- time systems. He has co-authored ~200 peer-reviewed research publications, and has presented many invited talks and tutorials at reputed IEEE conferences, and delivered over a dozen industry training sessions on smart grid cybersecurity. He serves as the Chair of Cybersecurity Working Group within IEEE Power and Energy Society. He has served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and served as a Guest Co-Editor for many flagship IEEE publications. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. His research is currently funded by NSF and DOE.



Transforming Cybersecurity Education in the Commonwealth
Dr. David Raymond The Virginia Cyber Range
Moderated by Milos Manic
11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. EST | Thursday, Feb. 18

Virginia is leading the country in cybersecurity education and the Virginia Cyber Range is playing a key role. The cyber range is funded by the Commonwealth to support cybersecurity education in our public high schools, colleges, and universities. We are the only statewide cyber range in the country that provides infrastructure and courseware to all public high schools and colleges at no charge. This has been game-changing, and has helped foster cybersecurity courses in over half of Virginia high schools and most of the community colleges and universities. Our mission is to help close the cybersecurity skills gap and jump-start a pipeline of skilled expertise starting in K12. Come and find out what the Virginia Cyber Range has to offer!

Dr. David Raymond is Director of the Virginia Cyber Range, a state-wide resource that provides infrastructure and courseware for hands-on cybersecurity education in Virginia high schools and colleges. He is also Director of the U.S. Cyber Range, which provides similar services nationwide. David is adjunct faculty in Virginia Tech’s Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering where he teaches courses in networking and cybersecurity and helps run a student cybersecurity research lab. He is a retired Army officer with a BS in Computer Science from West Point, an MS in Computer Science from Duke University, and a PhD in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech. Before coming to Virginia Tech he ran the capstone cybersecurity program as an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at West Point.

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