Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

"Terry's Place"

31 North Pauahi St, HI 96817

Social/dinner hour from 6 pm: talk starts 7 pm

Everybody welcome: no admission charge

Cheap and easy (cash only) parking at the underground municipal garage at 35 N. Beretania

Exit ramp is directly opposite Terry's Place


Curt Dodds

Institute for Astronomy, UH Manoa

Internet Threats: Viruses, Privacy, Shutdowns and Malicious AI

It is common knowledge that we live and work in a world under constant threat of cyber attack. In this talk I will survey the cyber threat landscape and demystify the terminology so that you can better assess your own risk and protect yourself. I begin with a history of cyber security, review recent attacks and assess the current cyber threats and available defenses. Finally, I will discuss the impact of advancing technology on cybersecurity.


Curt Dodds is the IT Manager at the Institute for Astronomy at UH Manoa. Curt started his tech career untraditionally, with a degree in Philosophy from Westmont College. He earned his MS in Software Engineering at Cal State Fullerton. As a software engineer Curt developed software and systems for 15 years in the commercial and defense sectors culminating in founding a startup to test LED and LASER chips during fabrication that produced 3 patents. In 2015 Curt left California for Hawaii to join the IfA. He and his staff of 8 maintain advanced networks at 3 remote research facilities as well as high-performance computing resources. Curt is actively applying machine learning using neural networks to problems in astronomy, astrophysics, information security and finance.