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Safe Computing in the Age of Ubiquitous Connectivity

Todayís workplace is anywhere there is connectivity. Many employees spend the majority of their working hours away from their offices, in an ad hoc composite of home offices, client and customer premises, and public spaces. Ubiquitous Internet access has accelerated this trend, with many parks, bookstores, and coffee shops acting as virtual extensions of the office. Employees are connected to their firm and its customers by a combination of wireless Internet access, Virtual Private Networks, wireless devices, and mobile telephones.

We will explore the privacy, security, and integrity issues raised by universal connectivity; and how technologies like wired and wireless networks, both public and private, can be used to un-tether employees from their desks while preserving the security and integrity of the systems they use. The potential for information disclosure and alteration, identity theft, misuse, and other dangers of the technology will also be explored.

Solutions will be applicable to all participants in the connected world: end-users; enterprises; access providers; or enterprises. Enterprise issues will be addressed from the emerging perspective of providing cyber-hospitality, in addition to the issues raised by providing remote access to oneís own staff.

Speaker: Our speaker will be Robert Gezelter, a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of the IEEE Computer Societyís Distinguished Visitors Program. Mr. Gezelter holds BA and MS degrees in Computer Science from New York University. He is a contributor to the Computer Security Handbook (2002) and the Handbook of Information Security (2005). He has spoken and written extensively on operating systems, networks, performance, security, tools, and similar areas.

Mr. Gezelter is in private practice, and maintains his offices in Flushing, New York. He can be contacted via his firmís www site at http://www.rlgsc.com.

Sponsors: IEEE Seattle Section and Computer Society
Venue: Bellevue Public Library
1111 110th Avenue, NE, Room 1
Bellevue, Washington  98004
Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Time: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Reservations: ieee-confirm-at-hotmail.com, Subject: confirm 11/09/05 Deadline: November 3, 2005 12:00 PT
Session Notes: http://www.rlgsc.com/ieee/seattle/2005-11/ubiquitous.html

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