ECE Fall Seminar Series

DSS Speaker, Aaron Ferguson, Enterprise Discovery Operations

National Security Agency


Title: Emerging and Disruptive Trends and Security Concerns with The Internet of Things (IoT)




As the volume pf IoT data increases exponentially, building trust

--between people, places, and things--is key. This means IoT big data analytics must be robust, reliable, and compliant with civil liberties and privacy laws. Other IoT talks have focused on data analytics and decision making for solving practical problems in the real world IoT applications. This talk will address these issues too but will include insight into: (a) the impact of IoT to cybersecurity and critical infrastructure; and (b) current unclassified hard research challenges NSA is looking to understand and address as we execute our Signals Intelligence, Information Assurance, and Cyber Security missions.




Dr. Ferguson is the Deputy Technical Director of the Enterprise Discovery Operations Group at the National Security Agency (NSA). Dr. Ferguson, Senior Executive, has held several technical leadership positions at NSA over the last 20 years. Currently, he is responsible for providing technical leadership to NSA's Signals Intelligence, Information Assurance, and Cybersecurity Discovery missions. His areas of expertise include software engineering, cybersecurity, vulnerability analysis, Insider Threat analysis and analytics, Deep Learning, Machine learning, and Big Data Analytics. Dr. Ferguson has served as the NSA Visiting Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point where he conducted cyber security research and taught courses in Information Technology, and software engineering. Dr. Ferguson, an international speaker, has published several articles on Machine Learning, Diversity, Cybersecurity, and Big Data Analytics. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Howard University; an MS in Operations Research from the University of New Haven; and an MA and PhD in Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation from the University of Delaware. Dr. Ferguson, a New York City native, loves to play, coach, and watch basketball and is an unapologetic fan of the Yankees, Giants, Mets, Jets, and the mercurial Knicks.






Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 11:15am to 12:05pm

Evans Hall, Room 204
Evans Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA

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Students, Academics, Faculty & Staff, Lectures & Programs, College of Engineering



Electrical and Computer Engineering



ENGR - Electrical & Computer Engineering
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