McAfee/Foundstone strategic consultant and patent-holding inventor Frank Angiolelli will share his experiences with cybersecurity and hackers at an October 16 Society of Skeptics presentation in the Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration.
Noting that hacking is a timely topic because so many companies across the world are experiencing data breaches, Society of Skeptics director Martin Miller, PhD, encourages students and faculty to attend Skeptics to learn from this 20-year cybersecurity veteran (whose sister, Barbara, is Blair’s instructional technologist). His presentation, which will begin at 7 p.m., will take a closer look at hackers and explore how to fight them and what motivates them to engage in “badness on the web.”
“The Internet can be an exciting place to learn, share and explore, but some dangers are co-mingled with the greats,” Mr. Angiolelli said. “We will explore some of those dangers in a fun way to help raise awareness of their existence.” He described Blair students and faculty as “front line defenders” in the cybersecurity arena and noted that hackers’ ability to inflict harm is limited when users are aware of what they are facing.
Prior to joining the McAfee/Foundstone team, Mr. Angiolelli served as director of security operations at Dun & Bradstreet, as incident response director at Pershing, as a consultant for ADP and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as principal at Fort Knox Networks and Astral Computing, and as lead analyst and chief technology officer on a two-year research project into counterfeit online merchandise commerce.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Angiolelli has shared his knowledge of cybersecurity with many different audiences, ranging from adolescents to industry veterans. He is especially looking forward to connecting with Blair students who might be interested in exploring a career in cybersecurity.
In addition to his daily responsibilities at McAfee/Foundstone, Mr. Angiolelli has authored a number of papers on topics such as dimensions of managing security operations, pioneering criminal online sociometry and cybercriminals leveraging Facebook. He has also spoken at some of his industry’s most prestigious conferences, including FS-ISAC, SANS, SPLUNK, FINTech, CyberSN and FBI/DHS @ Crystal City.
The Society of Skeptics was established as a forum for students and faculty to discuss and debate important global issues; it has grown to become one of the premier high school lecture series in the United States. Each week, speakers from the political, social, scientific, economic and literary arenas share their unique perspectives with students, who are encouraged to engage with presenters, asking questions and debating points of view.
The program was an outgrowth of the Blair International Society, begun in 1937. Forty years later, former history department chair Elliott Trommald, PhD, Hon.’65, established the modern Skeptics program as a regular forum for student discussion and debate; history teacher Martin Miller, PhD, took over in the mid-1980s and molded the program into a weekly lecture series, one that has since continued without interruption. Under the tutelage of Dr. Miller, Skeptics has featured a wide variety of speakers who are engaging, accomplished in their respective fields and often controversial. For a listing of upcoming Skeptics programs, please click here.