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Protecting Connected Cities Present and Future

Event Type
Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute
Jan 27, 2021   12:00 - 1:30 pm  
Katie Balch
Originating Calendar
Information Trust Institute

ITI | CIRI Webinar Series

Panel on Protecting Connected Cities 
Present and Future

January 27, 2020 at 12:00 PM CT

Via Webcast
Register for the Webinar HERE!


Telecommunications infrastructure is critical to national security, public health and safety, and the operation of national systems.This connectivity and reliance on telecommunications infrastructure include controls at electricity generation plants; chemical sensors at water treatment plants and wastewater systems; signals for transportation systems, including road, rail, vessel, and air systems; and financial systems controlling and tracking banking funds and services.More specifically telecommunications connect the nation’s first responders to every individual, business and organizationsby supporting the national 911 system both legacy and next generation.Telecommunications is woven into the fabric of our national critical functions and its security is extremely crucial.

As critical infrastructure becomes increasingly connected and interdependencies between infrastructure systems become increasingly connected owners, operators, and municipalities will face new and unknown vulnerabilities. Telecom is widely used to communicate and store large amounts of sensitive data.At the same time, the telecommunications infrastructure in the U.S. is rapidly undergoing new developments, including the transition to 5G for the cellular network. This is introducing new physical assets and new operational procedures to the provision of telecommunications services across the country. These newer technologies are also continuing to operate in tandem with older systems, assets, and protocols. In this environment, it is critical to be able to comprehensively identify, analyze, manage, and mitigate risk in telecommunications.

CIRI in coordination with its research collaborators (Texas A&M University, Karthik Consulting, Heartland Science and Technology Group, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and New York University) are addressingvulnerabilities in these sectors, intending to usher in a safe and connected community for the future.


Panel Moderator: Joseph Raetano

Joseph is an artificial Intelligence Researcher with the US Federal Government. He is an experienced Machine Learning/AI Researcher with a demonstrated history of applied computer science working in information technology, transportation, energy, military and government industries. Skilled in Computer Forensics, Information Assurance, Cloud Security, ML, AI, and Data Science. Strong research professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) ABD focused in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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Walt Magnussen is a Director at Texas A&M University Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center. He is an experienced Director Of Telecommunications with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Strong information technology professional skilled in analytical skills, enterprise software, team building, IT Strategy, and public speaking.

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Karthik Balasubramanian has 25 years of experience as a Technology Consultant and Architect for various private sector companies and government agencies. Karthik has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and also holds the following certifications: PMP, CISSP, Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Microsoft (MCSD for .NET, MCSD, MCDBA), Oracle  (OCP DBA), and CompTIA (Security+).

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Glen Salo is an entrepreneur that has successfully established multiple technical teams and organizational units to support government programs, private industry, and public good missions for small, large, and independent not-for-profit businesses.

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Junaid Farooq is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, in 2013 and 2015, respectively. Then, he was a Research Assistant with the Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC), Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), Doha, Qatar. He received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Tandon School of Engineering, New York University, Brooklyn, NY in 2020.

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Quanyan Zhu received B. Eng. in Honors Electrical Engineering from McGill University in 2006, M. A. Sc. from the University of Toronto in 2008, and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2013. After stints at Princeton University, he is currently an associate professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New York University (NYU). He is an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and Center for Cyber Security (CCS) at NYU. He is a recipient of many awards, including NSF CAREER Award, NYU Goddard Junior Faculty Fellowship, NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF), NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS), and Mavis Future Faculty Fellowships.

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