Computer Science student brings research to Argonne

Computer Science student presents cyber security research at Argonne

Published: July 27, 2015.


Computer Science student Michael Korzon presents
research to cyber security personnel at
Argonne National Laboratory.

Lewis University professor Dr. Ray Klump and Computer Science student Michael Korzon recently presented research to cyber security personnel at Argonne National Laboratory. Their presentation, ďSecure, Practical, and Efficient Data Handling for Cyber OperationsĒ addressed the challenges of managing, interpreting and securing data collected daily by information security teams.

Klump and Korzon conducted the research with senior Computer Science student Steven Day of Minooka and Computer Science alumnus and graduate student Eli Shmayel of Downers Grove. The presentation covered three topics: compression of data logs and packet capture data, interpreting cyber security data and file-based encryption.

The first topic showed techniques the team developed for optimizing off-the-shelf data compression tools by pre-processing system logs and packet capture data to increase how well they can be compressed. They compressed such data to a greater degree than is possible using a generic approach. Next, the team drew attention to areas of concern in geographically distributed computer networks, such as what would be found supporting a critical infrastructure like the power grid. They developed a visualization tool to show the movement of a cyber security threat throughout a system, providing an effective visual indication of where the areas of concern lie.

The presentation concluded with Klump presenting his work on data theft. The Chair of the Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department is currently conducting a technical assessment of technology created by a company called IONU to make the encryption process far more transparent. Rather than having the users think about where and how to encrypt the data, the system applies the needed protections automatically and invisibly, without the users having to think about them. Ubiquitous, convenient, trustworthy encryption could solve a lot of cyber security woes, so this research could have a big impact.

Lewis University offers a bachelorís degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. It also offers minors in Computer Science , Cyber Security Science, Data Science, and Web and Mobile Application Development. At the graduate level, it offers a nationally recognized for a Master of Science in Information Security program, which includes an innovative fast-track that enables students to earn both a bachelorís and a masterís degree in five years. A master's degree in Data Science is also available for students who wish to learn more about Big Data.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 7,000 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.



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