INI Seminar: Theodora Titonis

Time: February 11, 2011 - 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM

Location: DEC@CIC


The INI welcomes Theodora Titonis, President and CEO in TTi Technologies, Inc. in Wheeling, WV. The title of her talk is "Why we are losing the battle against malware (and how to win it)."

The INI Seminar takes place every Friday, 2:30 - 3:50 p.m. This week's seminar takes place at the Distributed Education Classroom at the Collaborative Innovation Center (CIC).

Speaker: Theodora Titonis

Talk Abstract: There has been a significant increase over the past three years in the number of people affected by malware. Currently, over 60 million total malware variants exist, including 20 million new strains created in 2010. The average number of new malware found per day rose from 55,000 to 63,000 in 2010, a yearly increase of 14.5%. Industry leaders recognize that the leading anti-malware solutions are not sufficient in the increasingly distributed, complex cyberspace environment. The challenges that individuals and organizations face include an overload of malware data, a shortage in analytic capabilities, limited visibility of the impact of malware threats, and inadequate malware data correlation and visualization tools. We need to alter the very nature of anti-malware systems and develop new techniques that enable data-driven modeling and analysis for optimal defense to malware attacks.
Speaker Bio: Theodora Titonis is an innovative visionary in technology and cyber security. Ms. Titonis started programming computers at the age of seven, creating her first software inventions on the TRS-80 using the BASIC programming language. During the dot-com era, she developed software and provided cyber security expertise to Citigroup, Data Broadcasting, and Gateway Computers. In 2001, Ms. Titonis founded TTi Technologies, Inc. and in 2002 she was called upon as one of the first cyber security experts for the newly established U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In 2009, TTi co-founded the West Virginia Smart Sensor Supercomputing Center to support a research program for the Department of Defense. Ms. Titonis combines expert knowledge with leading edge technologies to provide comprehensive cyber security solutions to TTi's customers.