Cybersecurity touches all areas of industry and government, from municipal agencies protecting private information to multinational corporations securing intellectual property. Built on innovation and driven by ideas, Florida Tech is committed to advancing the state-of-the art in this field.

Much of the university’s advanced cybersecurity research and education takes place in the renowned L3Harris Institute for Assured Information, an interdisciplinary center that examines cybersecurity through the lenses of computer science, psychology, and biology in order to develop new technologies.

Information integrity is vital to Florida Tech, the Space Coast and the world. That’s why Florida Tech Stands for Cybersecurity.

T.J. O’Connor

What is Florida Tech’s role in cybersecurity on the Space Coast?

"With companies like Raytheon and L3Harris, and of course Florida Tech and its faculty, Melbourne is this kind of quiet hub of cybersecurity expertise. The amount of U.S. government work that gets done around here, at this tier one expert level, is incredible. And the continuously growing defense industrial base is hungry for more, so we're meeting the need through advanced research and hands-on cybersecurity education."

Dr. T.J. O'Connor is an assistant professor of computer science and chair of the cybersecurity program, as well as the cyber operations concentration. A retired Army lieutenant colonel, his research focuses on wireless security, Internet-of-things (IoT) security, and security education.

 

Michael King, Ph.D.

What does the identity verification of the future look like?

"I envision a day when people can verify their identity without any type of ID card, username/password combination, or PIN. My research focuses on understanding how to automatically detect and recognize unique characteristics of a person's anatomy or behaviors. This technology area is commonly referred to as biometrics."

Dr. Michael King is an associate professor of cybersecurity and a research scientist for the L3Harris Institute for Assured Information at Florida Tech. He is an expert in biometrics and identity intelligence who has been invited to Brief the Director of National Intelligence, Congressional staffers and science advisers.

 

Thomas Eskridge, Ph.D.

Why is important to improve communication between humans and intelligent programs?

"We have all of these programs that are basically deputized to go out there and protect our systems and alert us when bad things happen. Then we have humans who make decisions in different ways. We might put automation on the network that wasn't designed to interact with other defenses on the network. If I put out defenses in one orientation, I could get increased defense levels. If I put them out in a different configuration, I could shut myself out of my own network."

Dr. Thomas Eskridge is an associate professor in the department of computer engineering and sciences. His work on ontology development has enabled current efforts in representing and reasoning about various aspects of cybersecurity, and in developing systems for policy representation, reasoning, learning, and application in multi-agent systems.

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