Google-UMD Cybersecurity Seminars

Google Seminars

The Google and University of Maryland Cybersecurity Seminar Series is organized and hosted by the Maryland Cybersecurity Center.  The series features a diverse group of speakers from industry, academia, and government, addressing a broad range of topics related to cybersecurity, including technology, policy, and economics. Invited speakers will also examine the impact that cybersecurity threats and protective measures are having on privacy, social networks, businesses and national security.  The series will offer three seminars per semester, with a total of six per year.

For more information about the series or to join our seminar mailing list, please contact Carolyn Flowers at

Spring 2014

The spring 2014 Google and University of Maryland Cybersecurity Seminar Series will continue in April with Dr. Allan Friedman from George Washington University.

Moti YungMoti Yung, Google

May 5, at 5:00 pm, CSIC 2117

The title of his talk is: Actual Cryptography at the Age of Evolving Ecosystems
View Slides (pdf)

Computational paradigms nowadays change, and global systems over word-wide networks evolve. Systems have to take this into account scale, growth, and increased scope. Building and maintaining active systems is an important part of the cloud, network computing, web services, etc. Cryptography as part of an active software system has to consider the existing and future constraints, the scale, the evolution, and the enhanced scope of successful systems. Actual customized cryptographic components that are secure, based on solid theory, yet are suitable for the new style of system global nature and evolution are needed, while, on the other hand, no methodology for such components exist! In this talk, I will review my experience regarding how the cryptographic protection of Google's global platform for display ads auctions (AdX) has been designed and evolved over the last few years.

Allan FriedmanAllan Friedman

April 1 at 5:00 pm, CSIC 1115

Please register for Dr. Friedman’s talk

Lorrie CranorLorrie Faith Cranor, Carnegie Mellon University

February 27, at 4:00 pm, CSIC 1115

The title of her talk is: The Continuing Quest for Secure and Usable Passwords

To combat both the inherent and user-induced weaknesses of text-based passwords, administrators and organizations typically institute a series of rules – a password policy – to which users must adhere when choosing a password. While a properly-written password policy might provide an organization with increased security, it is unclear just what such a well-written policy would be, or even how to determine whether a given policy is effective. Although it is easy to calculate the theoretical password space that corresponds to a particular password policy, it is difficult to determine the practical password space. Users may, for example, react to a policy rule requiring them to include numbers in passwords by overwhelmingly picking the same number, or by always using the number in the same location in their passwords. In addition, some password policies, while resulting in stronger passwords, may make those passwords difficult to remember or type.

Fall 2013

The fall 2013 Google and University of Maryland Cybersecurity Seminar Series will open in October with three speakers bringing perspectives from industry, government, and academia.

Peleus UhleyPeleus Uhley, Adobe

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm in 1115 Computer Science Instructional Center (CSI)

Peleus Uhley is a senior security researcher within the Secure Software Engineering team at Adobe. His primary focus is assisting with Adobe platform technologies, including Flash Player and AIR. Prior to joining Adobe, Peleus started in the security industry as a developer for Anonymizer, Inc., and went on to be a security consultant for companies such as @stake and Symantec.  Talk title will be available soon.

Benjamin PierceBenjamin C. Pierce, University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, December 12, at 5:00 pm in 1115 Computer Science Instructional Center (CSI)

The title of his talk is: The SAFE Machine: An Architecture for Pervasive Information Flow
The CRASH/SAFE project is building a network host that is highly resiliant to cyber-attack.  One pillar of the design is pervasive mechanisms for     tracking information flow.  At the lowest level, the SAFE hardware offers fine-grained tagging and efficient support for propagating and combining     tags on each instruction dispatch.  The operating system virtualizes these generic facilities to provide the information-flow abstract machine on which user programs run.  In this talk, we'll take a guided tour of (a simplified model of) the SAFE hardware and software and an end-to-end proof of noninterference for this model.

Benjamin Pierce is Henry Salvatori Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania and a Fellow of the ACM. His research centers on programming languages, static type systems, language-based security, computer-assisted proof, concurrent and distributed programming, and synchronization technologies. His books include the widely used graduate texts Types and Programming Languages and Software Foundations. He serves as co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Functional Programming, as Managing Editor for Logical Methods in Computer Science, and as editorial board member of Mathematical Structures in Computer Science and Formal Aspects of Computing. He is also the lead designer of the popular Unison file synchronizer.

Spring 2013

Nicolas ChristenDr. Nicolas Christin Closes Out the Spring Google Seminar Series

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

The title of his talk is: "Network Security Economics: Identifying Choke Points and Understanding Incentives to Improve Online Security." Dr. Christen is the Associate Director of the Information Networking Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Ari JuelsDr. Ari Juels Headlines the Next Google Seminar Series

Thursday, March 14th, 2013, at 5:30 p.m.

The title of his talk will be "Aggregation and Distribution in Cloud Security." Dr. Juels received his B.A. in Latin Literature and Mathematics from Amherst College in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley in 1996.

Michael FranzDr. Michael Franz Opens the Spring 2013 Google-UMD Cybersecurity Seminar series

February 13, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

Dr. Michael Franz is a Professor of Computer Science in the University of California, Irvine’s (UCI) Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences,  and the director of UCI’s Secure Systems and Software Laboratory. View slides from presentation (pdf).

Fall 2012

Speaker PhotoDr. Úlfar Erlingsson Closes Google-UMD Cybersecurity Fall 2012 Seminar Series

December 13th at 5:00 p.m.

Úlfar Erlingsson leads efforts in security research at Google. Previously, he has been a researcher at Microsoft Research, an Associate Professor at Reykjavík University, Iceland, and led security technology at two startups: GreenBorder Technologies and deCODE Genetics. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University.

Speaker PhotoGoogle Cybersecurity Seminar Series to Feature Kevin Mandia and Wenke Lee

Two leaders–one from industry, one from academia—to open the fall 2012 semester. Kevin Mandia, Chief Executive Officer at MANDIANT, will speak on September 27th at 5:00 pm in the Kim Engineering Building Lecture Hall, Room 1110. The title of his talk will be “The State of the Hack.”

Dr. Wenke Lee, Professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech, will speak on November 8th at 5:00pm in the Computer Science Instructional Center (CSIC) Room 1115. Dr. Lee’s talk title is forthcoming. View slides from Dr. Lee's talk (pdf).

Spring 2012

Speaker Photo International Issues and Engagement in Cybersecurity

The Google and University of Maryland Cybersecurity Seminar Series will close out the spring 2012 semester on April 19th at 5:30 p.m., in the Atrium of Van Munching Hall, by featuring Christopher Painter, the Cyber Coordinator at the US Department of State.

Speaker Photo “Six People Who Changed the World of Security: The Impact in 2012”
Alan Paller, Director of Research at the SANS Institute
February 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm
Chemistry Building Lecture Hall, Room 1407
Speaker Photo “Parsing the Cyber War Battlefield”
Marcus Ranum, Chief Security Officer of Tenable Network Security
March 8th, 2012 at 5:30 pm
Computer Science Instruction Center, Lecture Hall 115

Fall 2011

Speaker Photo "Looking Before You Leap: The Argument for Data-Driven Security"
Stefan Savage, Professor, University of California, San Diego
September 1, 2011
J.M. Patterson Building, Rm. 3201
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Larry Cox "A First World of Cyber Security: Is it Time for a New Partnership of Nations?"
Larry Cox, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cyber & Information Solutions Business Unit, SAIC
November 17, 2011, 5:30 pm
Jeong Kim Engineering Building, Rm. 1110
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Douglas Maughan "Current R&D Initiatives in Cybersecurity"
Douglas Maughan, Cyber Security Division Director in the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Homeland Security.
December 1, 2011, 5:30 pm
Jeong Kim Engineering Building, Rm. 1110
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Spring 2011

Speaker Photo "Can We Make the Internet Safer?"
Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
April 7, 2011
Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, Rotunda
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Speaker Photo "Intrusion Detection and Network Security Perspectives From A Veteran"
Martin Roesch, Chief Technology Officer, Sourcefire
April 21, 2011
Computer Science Instructional Center, Rm. 1115
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Speaker Photo "The Future of Online Identity"
Ari Schwartz, Senior Internet Policy Advisor, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Information Technology Laboratory
June 16, 2011
Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, Rm. 1110
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