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Syracuse University Cybersecurity Symposium


Sunday, December 15
Dinner on Reception at GE Innovation Center
Hosted in partnership with KFUPM For invited guests, select alumni and participants associated with the Symposium.

Monday, December 16
Plenary Session
Case Studies and Applications
Keynote Presentation
Track 1: Assurance
Track 2: Mobile/Web Security
Closing Reception

  • KSA
  • UAE
  • Breakfast/Networking
  • Plenary Session
  • Case Studies and Applications
  • Lunch/Keynote Presentation
  • Track 1: Assurance
  • Track 2: Mobile/Web Security
  • Closing Reception


  • James B. SteinbergDean, Maxwell SchoolJames B. Steinberg
    Dean, Maxwell School

    James Steinberg is Dean of the Maxwell School, Syracuse University and University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs and Law. Prior to becoming Dean on July 1, 2011, he served as Deputy Secretary of State, serving as the principal Deputy to Secretary Clinton. From 2005-2008 Steinberg was Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Steinberg was vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he supervised a wide-ranging research program on U.S. foreign policy. Mr. Steinberg served as deputy national security advisor to President Clinton from 1996 to 2000. During that period he also served as the president's personal representative to the 1998 and 1999 G-8 summits. Prior to becoming deputy national security advisor, Mr. Steinberg served as director of the State Department's policy planning staff, and as deputy assistant secretary for analysis in the bureau of Intelligence and Research. Previously, Mr. Steinberg was Senator Edward Kennedy's principal aide for the Senate Armed Services Committee and minority counsel, U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. Mr. Steinberg has a forthcoming book "Strategic Reassurance and Strategic Resolve: US-China Relations in the 21st Century" with Michael O'Hanlon (Princeton University Press, winter 2014). He has also authored Difficult Transitions: Foreign Policy Troubles at the Outset of Presidential Power (2008) with Kurt Campbell. Mr. Steinberg received his B.A. from Harvard and a J.D. from Yale Law School. His wife, Sherburne Abbott, is vice president for sustainability initiatives and University Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy at Syracuse University. They have two children, Jenna and Emma.
  • Laura J. SteinbergDeanLaura J. Steinberg

    Laura J. Steinberg is Dean of the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University. She holds appointments in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and in the Public Administration Department of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She received a B.S.E. in Civil and Urban Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Duke University. Prior to joining Syracuse University in 2008, Dr. Steinberg was the D. J. Lindsay Embrey Trustee Professor and Department Chair of Environmental and Civil Engineering at Southern Methodist University, and Assistant and Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tulane University. While on leave from Tulane, she served as Faculty Scholar in the Critical Infrastructure Protection Group at the US Department of Homeland Security.

    Dr. Steinberg’s research focuses on environmental and statistical modeling, risk assessment, and hazards management. It is marked by an interdisciplinary and public policy orientation, which has led her to work on many collaborative teams with engineers, social scientists, and policy analysts. Among other assignments, Dr. Steinberg has consulted to the EPA on technology diffusion, the Department of Energy on risk assessment, and Los Alamos National Labs on critical infrastructure protection. She is currently collaborating with the Moynihan Institute in the Maxwell School and the Institute for National Security and Terrorism on research on critical infrastructure and resilience.

    Prior to her work in academia, Dr. Steinberg was an environmental engineering department head at the planning and engineering firm of Louis Berger International in New Jersey, and a business development manager at Geraghty and Miller, an environmental engineering firm in New York.
  • Can IsikProfessor and Senior
    Associate Dean
    Can Isik
    Professor and Senior Associate Dean

    Can Isik is a Professor and the Senior Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs for the College of Engineering.

    He received his Ph.D. in 1985 from University of Florida in Gainesville and joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at S.U., where he is currently a professor and the Senior Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs.

    Dr. Isik is a senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a member of North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society, and Eta Kappa Nu, and is listed in Who is Who in American Education. He was the general chair of NAFIPS '97, the annual meeting of North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society.

    Dr. Isik’s research interests include neural networks, fuzzy logic and their applications in modeling, controls, and indoor environmental systems. He has co-authored a U.S. patent and over 80 papers in those areas. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on systems, controls, circuits, robotics, neuro fuzzy applications and engineering & computer science ethics.

    His research and development activities in neuro-fuzzy systems have resulted in a variety of software products currently in use at major corporations. They include “Neural network blood pressure monitor” and “Thermomety system” for Welch Allyn Company, "Real time rolling mill model" at Alcan, "Heat pump and air conditioning design system" at U.T. Carrier, "Intelligent data reduction and processing system" at Duke Power Company, and "Short term gas demand forecasting system" at Niagara-Mohawk Power Company.
  • Shiu-Kai ChinProfessorShiu-Kai Chin

    Shiu-Kai Chin is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University. He is Co-Director (with Scott Bernard) of the Center for Information and Systems Assurance and Trust (CISAT). Professor Chin’s research applies mathematical logic to the engineering of trustworthy systems. Shiu-Kai supports the research program of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Cyber Operations Branch in the Information Grid Division (RIG) in trustworthy systems and hardware-based computer security. His focus is on access control and policy-based design and verification. He and his students have created engineering design and verification procedures using higher-order logic to make trustworthy hardware and software. He is a member of the National Institute of Justice’s Electronic Crime Technical Working Group. With JP Morgan Chase, he applies his research to reasoning about credentials and entitlements in large-value commercial transactions.
  • Wenliang Du ProfessorWenliang Du

    Wenliang (Kevin) Du received the B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China, in 1993, the M.S. degree and the Ph.D degree from the Computer Science Department at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, in 1999 and 2001, respectively. During his studies in Purdue, he did research in the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS).
    Dr. Du is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University. With a background in computer and network security, his current research interests include web security and smartphone system security. He is also interested in and actively developing instructional laboratories for security education. His research has been sponsored by six grants from National Science Foundation and one from the Army Research Office.

    Current work includes the development of effective hands-on lab exercises for security education. We started the work in 2002, and we have developed about 30 labs for both undergraduate and graduate students. As of December 2012, over 150 universities and colleges worldwide are using them
  • Jeff SaltzJPMorgan ChaseJeff Saltz
    JPMorgan Chase

    Jeff Saltz is responsible for the technical aspects of JPMorgan Chase's unique corporate-university collaboration program, including curriculum, applied research and their on campus technology centers. He has held several key management positions at the company, including head of eBusiness technology and vice president of computational technology. He has also served as chief technology officer at Goldman Sachs/Goldman Sachs Ventures and was a project leader and consulting engineer with Digital Equipment Corp. Saltz has a Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems and has frequently been involved with academia, such as when he developed and led an award-winning JPMorgan Chase academic collaboration with the University of Illinois.
  • William C. BanksProfessorWilliam C. Banks

    Professor William C. Banks is an internationally recognized authority in national security law, counterterrorism, international humanitarian law, and constitutional law. He has helped set the parameters for the field of national security law-co-authoring the textbook National Security Law, now in its fifth edition-and helped define the emerging scholarly field of counterterrorism law with the textbook Counterterrorism Law. In 2008, he was named the first College of Law Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor at Syracuse University, where he has been a member of the faculty for more than 30 years.


Syracuse University invites you to Dubai, United Arab Emirates or Saudi Arabia

It's a dangerous digital world out there. As cyberspace evolves day by day, so does the sophistication of the many threats the world's systems and online activities face.

You are invited to join cyber experts from academia, government and industry will reveal uncommon hidden risks, present new and emerging security strategies and arm you for the fight to secure your public and private cyber interests.


• Systems assurance in financial sectors using examples from Syracuse University's (SU) partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co.
• Key principles for design and implementation of cybersecurity on mobile platforms
• Assurance and security modules for critical data transfers
• Malware analysis for prevention and defense of data attacks
• Issues of cyber law and policy to design and prove systems assurance



Defense and national security operations, medical record systems, financial and banking systems, critical infrastructure, electrical power grid, financial services, and other critical infrastructure are inextricably intertwined with cyber operations that depend on computer-enabled command-and-control systems. Systems must be secure and they must be assured. There is an urgent need for cybersecurity experts and leaders to address this increasingly vital area of industrial, government and national security.

SU faculty researchers are particularly active in application areas in which there is a need for high confidence that a system behaves correctly and securely. Examples of systems of this kind include defense and national security operations, medical record systems, banking and financial institutions, and critical infrastructure. Symposium guests will have an opportunity to access the expertise of SU's faculty by presenting challenges and concerns unique to their industry or organization for problem-solving consideration by academic and industry experts.



The College's cybersecurity research is focused on five major objectives: design of new systems that are inherently secure; protection of extremely complex systems, such as the web, mobile systems, and critical infrastructure; application of mathematical logic for systems assurance; analysis and detection of malware and other cyber attacks; and data mining and anomaly-detection algorithms to detect data sequences that indicate undesirable cyber behavior.




GE Innovation Center,
Plot # 26,
IBN Al Haitham Street,
Dhahran Techno Valley,
Dhahran - 31261
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai
The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residences
Phone: +971 4 399 4000
P.O. Box 26525
Dubai United Arab Emirates


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Dammam, KSA, 16th December    Dubai, UAE, 18th December
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