Steven Day awarded 2nd place at computer science conference

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Lewis student Steven Day awarded second place at computer science conference

Published: October 24, 2014.

Lewis University student Steven Day(left) discusses
his project with his mentor Dr. Ray Klump, professor
and chair of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Lewis University Computer Science student Steven Day recently won Second Place Poster at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in College Midwest 2014 Conference. Day’s poster, “SISERTA: System for Information Security Education and Real-Time Awareness”, presented the work he did with Dr. Ray Klump, professor and chair of Mathematics and Computer Science, as part of the STEM Undergraduate Research Experience program this summer on developing intuitive visualization tools for identifying critical cyber security threats in real time.

“The research experience has given me a better understanding of how to deal with issues regarding cyber security in the real world,” said Day. “Working with Dr. Ray Klump was a privilege and an honor. Dr. Klump has an incredible amount of knowledge and passion toward the security section of computer science, so it was really great to share in some of that knowledge and see different ways of trying to solve persisting problems.”

The real-time visualization tool provides current operators a unique visual experience into the cyber health of their systems using color-coding and contouring. The visualization tool represents the exposure of individual nodes and of networks to various cyber problems.

Currently, the visualization is in 2D, but the research plan is to develop a 3D representation that would better draw attention to the nodes that are being most severely and why. The training aspect of the tool enables trainees to grasp the concept of how exploits affect hosts on a network, the severity of the exploits, and what the best strategies might be mitigate them. Tools such as these can improve cyber security training and education and also give current cyber professionals the heads-up they need to battle the persistent threats.

Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. It also offers minors in Computer Science and in Cyber Security Science. It’s also nationally recognized for a Master of Science in Information Security program, which includes an innovative fast-track that enables students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years.

In addition to receiving personal attention from experienced faculty and learning in an attractive and modern facility, Computer Science students receive real-world experience, working on service projects for non-profits and taking advantage of numerous internship opportunities. Students acquire both the technical skills and the team-oriented problem-solving strategies necessary for a successful career, through a cutting-edge curriculum and integrated learning opportunities.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,700 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 for further information.

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