I am currently the co-director of the Information Systems and Internet Security
lab (ISIS), and teach courses on Information Security Security Engineering and
Management in both the Computer Science and Management Departments. My work
includes participation in research projects, such as ForNet and information
system "infection detection," and in the CATT CyberCrime Initiative.
I joined Polytechnic's Computer Science Department in 2003, completing
a circuitous route back to my academic roots. I started what was
then called "Brooklyn Poly" as a Freshman in 1963 in Electrical
Engineering, because I wanted to study these new things called
computers that I was reading about, and there was no such thing as
computer science! I switched to Math because I could still take the
few "computer courses" that were offered and I liked math better
than the other EE material. Then, I wound up getting a PhD in
"pure" Math that was beautiful, but had nothing to do with computers.
I also taught in the Math Department at Poly for six years.
learned some applied math (mostly Operations Research) and moved
into industry. After a year of financial modeling for Wall Street,
I spent six years developing models of energy systems and policy
during the 1970's oil/energy crisis. When that was declared a
non-crisis (the free market will solve it all!), I moved on to Bell
Labs. I started working on performance models for internal networks,
then moved on to the architecture of special purpose parallel and
distributed processing systems that were being developed for the
US Government. I had come full circle, and was now doing what I
started at Poly twenty years earlier! As our division of Bell Labs
moved more into networking projects, I began to focus mostly on
network and information security, which has been my primary interest
for the last decade.
In 2001, took an early retirement from Bell
Labs, and later joined Poly on a part time basis. At Poly, I'm
involved with the ForNet project, the CATT Cybercrime Initiative,
I've developed and taught courses in Security Engineering and
Management, and worked with the SFS program.My outside passions
include skiing (preferably in the Rocky Mountains), tennis, hiking,
reading, listening to music (mostly jazz, with John Coltrane and
Charles Mingus being among my favorites), and fine wine.
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