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October 9, 2001
CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman

The Challenges in Combating Terrorism

Seminar at Johns Hopkins Will Focus on Protecting
Critical Information Technology

Peter A. Freeman, a leading computer scientist and a key National Science Foundation administrator, will present a talk titled "Research for Homeland Security" on Thursday, Oct. 17, at The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus in Baltimore. The event, sponsored by the university's Information Security Institute, will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 101 at the Mattin Center, 3000 N. Charles St. The program is free and open to the public.

Freeman, who is assistant director for the NSF's Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate, will provide an overview of the recent federal report on "The Role of Science and Technology in Countering Terrorism." He also will discuss the challenges the nation faces in protecting its critical information technology infrastructure, in improving its justice system and in providing a responsive and effective health care system. He will talk about the role of cybersecurity in all of these areas.

Freeman came to the NSF from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he served as a professor and founding dean of the College of Computing. He has written and edited books on information technology workers and software systems. He is a fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Association for Computing Machinery.

His hour-long program at Johns Hopkins is part of a lecture series organized by the university's new Information Security Institute, established to tackle the complex technological, legal, ethical and public policy challenges of keeping information private and computer systems secure in an increasingly electronic world. The institute conducts research and offers courses, drawing on experts from nearly every school and division in the university. It will work in partnership with industry and government agencies.

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