Science & Technology

Department of Homeland Security representative to speak at UWF about potential cyber risks

The University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity will host UWF alumnus John Corliss, a senior computer scientist at the Department of Homeland Security, for a public talk titled “Cybersecurity and You – Ready or Not, Here It Comes.” The event will take place on Oct. 1, 2015, in the Science and Engineering Building Auditorium, Bldg. 4, Room 102, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with a reception at 5 p.m. and talk at 5:30 p.m.

Corliss will address the host of challenges Internet users may face in their “cyber neighborhood.” His presentation will introduce attendees to the risks that any responsible 21st Century individual needs to be aware of, as well as some of the recent major events associated with cyber space.

“We are delighted to host UWF alumnus, John Corliss, as our first Cybersecurity speaker of the 2015-16 academic year,” said Dr. Eman El-Sheikh, interim director of the Center for Cybersecurity and associate dean of the College of Science and Engineering. “John actively contributes to national cybersecurity efforts and is eager to share his passion with others to promote cybersecurity awareness. He is a great inspiration for students and asset to our community.”

A resident of the Pensacola area since 1999, Corliss received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from UWF, both in computer science. He currently works as a computer scientist with the Department of Homeland Security National Protection and Programs Division. For more than 10 years, Corliss has been supporting national cybersecurity programs. His professional interests include cybersecurity research, robotics, next-generation cyberspace visualization tools and the application of artificial intelligence techniques to the cyber domain.

To learn more about the UWF Center of Cybersecurity, visit