Cybersecurity Lecture Series with Terry Nelms

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The Cybersecurity Lecture Series at Georgia Tech is a free, one-hour lecture from a thought leader who is advancing the field of information security and privacy. Invited speakers include executives and researchers from Fortune 500 companies, federal intelligence agencies, start-ups, and incubators, as well as Georgia Tech faculty and students presenting their research. Lectures are open to all -- students, faculty, industry, government, or simply the curious.



Verifying the identity claim of a caller is challenging to both enterprises and individuals. Blindly trusting the caller is not an option; however, building trust is difficult because the caller’s phone number is easily spoofed and the answers to knowledge-based questions are often available on the Internet through historical data breaches and social media. Furthermore, mobile apps that prevent incoming spam/scam calls can fail to protect the user because the enterprise’s phone number spoofed by the caller cannot be blacklisted. This talk will focus on the challenges of caller authentication and how to use mobile devices to transfer the trust built in one channel (mobile app) to another (phone call).


Terry Nelms is Director of Research at Pindrop where he leads a team of applied researchers solving challenging problems in fraud detection and authentication. Prior to joining Pindrop, he spent over a decade inventing, designing and developing protection technologies at ISS, IBM, and Damballa. His research has produced new security products, patents, and publications in the top industry and academic conferences. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Information Systems and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


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