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November 17, 2011



Cory Cavanagh and Dr. Raymond Albert

University of Maine at Fort Kent student, Cory Cavanagh, a senior Computer Applications major, has published a peer-reviewed paper on cyber security that he co-authored for an international computer science conference he attended this past summer.

Cavanaugh, a native of Calais, Maine, co-authored Goals, Models, and Progress Towards Establishing an Information Security Laboratory in Maine with his UMFK professor and advisor, Dr. Raymond T. Albert. The two presented the paper at WORLDCOMP'11, the 2011 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Applied Computing held during July at the Monte Carlo Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Cavanaugh is enrolled in UMFK's Computer Application program and has been pursuing an Information Security concentration. He transferred to UMFK after completing an associate degree at Washington County Community College.

“Cory co-authored a peer-reviewed paper with me this past spring and he presented it this summer at the WORLDCOMP'11 international conference. He did a great job and I am pleased for him that the paper has now been published,” said Dr. Albert.

“As you might imagine, it is quite rare for a student to be invited to present at an international conference and even rarer for a student's paper to be published in such a forum. We at UMFK are fortunate to have Cory as a student and I want people to know that good things can and do happen to those students who work hard,” he added.

In addition to his presentation at WORLDCOMP'11, Cavanaugh has interned the past two summers at a Fortune 100 company in Boston, Massachusetts, and at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

WORLDCOMP provides a unique platform for a diverse community of constituents composed of scholars, researchers, developers, educators, and practitioners. The congress makes concerted effort to reach out to participants affiliated with diverse entities, such as universities, institutions, corporations, government agencies, and research centers/labs from all over the world.

The abstract of Cavanaugh's and Dr. Albert's paper reads:

“Information security education remains a critical topic in today's information driven societies. Educational institutions have been called to action to help raise information security awareness, knowledge and skills in those they serve. Cyber defense competitions are an attractive option to help raise awareness and interest in information security. Effective information security educational activities and cyber defense competitions most often require significant technical resource requirements including an information security laboratory infrastructure. Universities and other organizations have made progress to date in defining and demonstrating practical information security laboratory infrastructures. The purpose of this paper is to identify the goals associated with establishing an information security laboratory that will support information security education and outreach efforts within Maine, identify models that have been successfully demonstrated to date, and report on progress made in the design and implementation of this laboratory in Maine.”

The full paper may be viewed at: (link no longer available).