Towards Security Assured Cyberinfrastructure in Pennsylvania (SAC-PA) CI Cybersecurity Workshop

Thursday, 22 June 2017 8:00 AM - Friday, 23 June 2017 5:00 PM EST

100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh , PA, 15213, United States

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 8:00 AM - Friday, 23 June 2017 5:00 PM EST

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, 100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh , PA, 15213, United States.

Towards Security Assured Cyberinfrastructure in Pennsylvania (SAC-PA)
CI Cybersecurity Workshop for Education and Research 
CICI Regional 

Advancements in data-driven research depend on trustworthy and reliable cyberinfrastructure. Researchers and educators rely on a variety of networked technologies and software tools to conduct science and education on our campuses. These may include local or remote instruments, high-performance computing clusters, large-scale computing grids, distributed software tools, data repositories, sensors and other critical infrastructure connected by high-speed networking. This complex, distributed, interconnected global cyberinfrastructure ecosystem presents unique cybersecurity challenges. As the systems and tools of modern science and education become increasingly more available and easier to consume, campus IT organizations will be challenged to develop and implement effective cybersecurity solutions.  

Smaller institutions and campuses with limited resources will be particularly challenged, but can benefit from collaboration and sharing of regional expertise and knowledge. The purpose of the workshops is to provide professionals from smaller institutions and campuses with information and exposure to the people, tools, and techniques being developed and deployed on larger campuses and scientific communities. 

The goal of the project is to establish a framework for regional collaboration and sharing of cybersecurity resources, expertise, and information in Pennsylvania. 

Who should attend? 

The workshop is open to individuals from higher-ed, community colleges, K-12, and other non-profits in the region that engage in research and education using cyberinrastructure. 


  • Campus IT Professionals
  • IT Engineers, Architects, and Cybersecurity Professionals
  • Cyberinfrastructure Engineers
  • Network Engineers
  • Systems Engineers
  • IT Security/Risk Management Professionals
  • Others engaged in supporting science, education, and research efforts on their campus

The workshop will consist of two days of presentations, information, and conversations about cybersecurity for cyberinfrastructure. By the end of the workshop, attendees will have a better understanding of the latest tools, techniques, and methods for supporting the use of cyberinfrastructure in education and science. Attendees will be encouraged to join and participate in developing the Towards Security Assured Cyberinfrastructure in Pennsylvania collaboration. 

Location: The workshop will be held at Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213.  

Hotel Room Block: A hotel room block has been secured at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center for hotel stays June 22-23. Click here to reserve your discounted hotel room using the SAC-PA workshop rate. Book your hotel room by June 6 to reserve using the group discounted rate. Or call (412) 682-6251 and be sure to reference SAC-PA when reserving. 

Cost: Thanks to the sponsors, registration for the event is free. Lunch and refreshments will be provided during the workshop. Attendees are responsible for travel and lodging. 


Thursday, June 22 - Day 1

8:00 am –  8:30 am - Breakfast
8:30 am –  9:00 am - Kickoff - Dr. James Joshi, PI, Pitt's School of Computing and Information (SCI) 
9:00 am - 9:30 am - Center for Trustworthy Scientific Computing (CTSC) - James Marsteller, Co-PI 
9:30 am - 10:00 am - Research Education Networking Information Sharing & Analysis Center (REN-ISAC) - Scott Finlon 
10:00 am – 10:15 am - Break
10:15 am - 10:45 am - Open Science Grid (OSG) - Rob Gardner
10:45 am - 11:15 am - Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC)/XSEDE - James Marsteller
11:15 am - 11:45 am - Campus Cyberinfrastructure Projects at Pennsylvania State University (PSU) - Ken Miller
11:45 am - 12:00 pm - Discussion
12:00 pm –  1:00 pm - Lunch  
1:15 pm - 1:45 pm - Security metrics, science vs. enterprise, Info Sec programs at Pitt - Brian Pasquini, (CSSD) 
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm - High Performance Computing (platforms) Security and Operations at Pitt - Dr. Kim Wong, (CRC) 
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm - Break
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm - Software Engineering Institute - Computer Emergency Response Team (SEI-CERT) - Jeff Gennari
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm - Pitt's Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security - David Hickton, Institute Director
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm - Question and answer session 
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm - Wrap-up 

6:00pm – 8:00pm Workshop Dinner [location TBD]

Friday, June 23 - Day 2

 8:00 am –  8:30 am – Breakfast
 8:30 am –  9:00 am - Insider Threat/Big Data Security - Dr. James Joshi, Pitt SCI
 9:00 am -  9:30 am - IoT Security, Dr. Prashant Krishnamurthy, Pitt SCI 
 9:30 am - 10:00 am - UPMC Information Security and Privacy - John Houston, VP University of Pittsburgh Medical Center 
10:00 am – 10:15 am - Break
10:15 am - 10:45 am - Regulatory frameworks, NIST, HIPAA - Chris Seiders/Scott Weinman, Pitt (CSSD)
10:45 am - 11:15 am - National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance - Steve Mancini
11:15 am - 11:45 am - Federal Bureau of Investigation - Abigail Smith, Andrew Czyzewski
11:45 am - 12:00 pm - Discussion
12:00 pm –   1:00pm - Lunch
1:15 pm – 1:45 pm - Identity and Access Management - Tony Carra, Pitt (CSSD) 
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm - Cloud security - Dr. Balaji Palinsamy, Pitt SCI
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm - Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes - Dr. David Tipper, Pitt SCI
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm - Break 
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Blockchain technologies - Dr. Michael Spring, Pitt SCI 
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm - Wrap-up

Please note, the workshop agenda is tentative and may change. A final agenda will be circulated to registrants closer to the workshop.  

This workshop is part of the project supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1642117, entitled CICI Regional: SAC-PA: Towards Security Assured Cyberinfrastructure in Pennsylvania.

Organizers: University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information, KINBER

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