ITM Assistant Professor Helps Organize Cybersecurity Symposium, Has Research Published


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Maurice Dawson, director of the Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education at Illinois Institute of Technology, recently served on the organizing committee of the Information Technology: New Generation’s 10th annual International Symposium on Cybersecurity.

The symposium, held April 1–3 in Las Vegas, is a special track of the international ITNG conference that offers a comprehensive and inclusive forum for researchers, academics, and industry professionals to present and discuss various theoretical and practical issues, solutions, and findings in the field of cybersecurity.

Dawson, who is an assistant professor of information technology and management at Illinois Tech, also had two research papers recently published, including during the 16th annual ITNG international conference. That paper, titled “Detecting and Preventing File Alterations in the Cloud Using a Distributed Collaborative Approach,” which he wrote with José Antonio Cárdenas-Haro of California State University Bakersfield, looks at the cybersecurity issues that cloud computing presents, particularly in the applications that run within the cloud.

He was also a member of a research team—which included Marwan Omar, Derek Mohammed, Van Nguyen, and Mubarak Banisakher, all of Saint Leo University—that had its article titled “Android Application Security” published in a recent issue of Applying Methods of Scientific Inquiry Into Intelligence, Security, and Counterterrorism. The article examines how hackers are able to offer apps that allow them to access sensitive information of Android phone users without being restricted from Android’s marketplace for apps.