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USM Cyber Security Researcher to Lead Science Café Discussion: Cyber Security - A History of Modern Codes and Cyphers

With the recent revelations of U.S. spying, it might be easy to think that this is new endeavor that is only possible due to current technology. However, spying on friends and enemies is nothing new and has always employed the latest in surveillance techniques. USM cyber security researcher Edward Sihler will lead a Science Café discussion exploring the History of Modern Codes and Cyphers on Thursday, November 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Portland Public Library.

Sihler is assistant director of USM’s Maine Cyber Security Cluster, a national hub in Maine for cyber security solutions and workforce development. With over 20 years of experience in technology, Sihler has worked in a variety of organizations ranging from a multinational telecommunications company to a private healthcare operation. He currently teaches management information science (MIS) at USM and is helping to develop an academic curriculum in the Department of Computer Science focusing on cyber security.

The Science Café will offer light refreshments in an informal, casual atmosphere. Anyone interested is invited to attend. The event is free and open to the public.

Library patrons and the general public are also invited to virtually attend the science café discussion via a Google Hangout that will broadcast live video and allow for questions and comments.

This event, hosted by the Portland Public Library and sponsored by the University of Southern Maine and Cornerstones of Science, is the second in a series of Science Cafés to be held monthly at the Portland Public Library running through June, 2014.

The following link should be used to access the Science Café Google Hangout. Please note the video stream will not be accessible until Thursday, November 14 at 5:30 p.m.