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Polytechnic Univ. to host 7th edition of ‘InfoSecurity San Juan’ event

Alfredo Cruz (Courtesy photo)

The seventh annual edition of one of the most notable online security events, InfoSecurity San Juan 2012, is slated to take place Mar. 20, when issues related to cloud and mobile security will be the central topics of discussion.

The event, co-organized by ISEC Information Security Inc. and the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, seeks to establish a discussion among government officials, entrepreneurs and experts in information security about new trends, requirements, and security and privacy solutions of cloud and mobile information.

“This event is yet another initiative to strengthen educational areas related to information security that are offered at the Polytechnic University, appointed by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Safety Information,” said Alfredo Cruz, coordinator of the Polytechnic’s graduate program in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Computer Information Systems.

“This forum will allow us to identify alternatives to reduce vulnerability in computing systems in various industries where there are vast amounts of data that needs to be protected to guarantee their success,” he said.

For the third year in a row, Polytechnic staff and students will take part in the event, with discussions to be lead by Adjunct Professor Jeffrey L. Duffany and Computer Science Masters Degree students Marcus Cruz and Omar Galban.

“In the last few years one of the most important trends in information technology has been the rapid rise of cloud computing,” said Duffany. “The idea behind cloud computing is that users have all of their data and software stored somewhere on the Internet, so they can access it wherever they are, be it at work, at home or while traveling.”

The security of this data and applications becomes of extreme importance today, since, according to recent information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, hackers have begun harnessing the vast computing power of cloud based servers to carry out powerful cyber attacks.

Cloud computing services assemble large strings of online servers and storage systems to provide users with enormous processing power and terabytes of storage space. Using the computing power of cloud networks, cyber attackers can wage digital assaults, which send a constant stream of passwords at a computer system until it finds the correct code to enter.

The InfoSecurity San Juan is part of a series of events held annually in Latin American cities such as Medellin, Bogotá, El Salvador, Buenos Aires, Lima, Panama City, and Mexico City to discuss new trends, requirements and solutions of information security and privacy. It will take place at the Exhibition Hall of the Puerto Rico Convention Center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.pupr.edu/gs/.

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