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NEREN SEMINAR: Trusted Cyberinfrastucture. That is, Cyberinfrastructure that enables computationally Intensive research which relies on data Confidentiality and integrity, or requires compliance with security standards.

When: October 5, 2018
9 am to 3 pm
Where: Gateway City Arts Center
92 Race St
Holyoke 01040
Contact: Laurie Robinson

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NEREN Seminar:

“Bridging the Gap: Trusted Cyberinfrastructure; That is Cyberinfrastructure that enables computationally intensive research which relies on data confidentiality and integrity, or requires compliance with security standards.”


Sponsored by Intel, Red River,

Mainline Information Systems and

Partners Denodo and Juniper


Friday, October 5, 2018, 9:30AM– 3:00PM

Complimentary breakfast begins at 9:00 a.m.

(Registration/Breakfast – 9:00AM – 9:45AM)

Complimentary lunch begins at 12 noon

Gateway City Arts Center, 92 Race Street, Holyoke, MA 01040




NEREN Seminar –Friday, October 5, 2018, 9:00AM-3:00PM

In collaboration with UMass Amherst and the Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC), NEREN presents the fifth in a series of day-long seminars devoted to proposing and advancing ideas for regional collaboration in research computing and networking.  By attending in person, you will gain the added benefit of interpersonal networking with peers from across the Northeast region. The finalized agenda and details/logistics (In person and remote access) will be emailed to you shortly!


Please register by September 28, 2018 to attend in person or remotely by contacting Laurie Robinson, NEREN Program Administrator, at or by phone: 401-523-5107. When registering, please indicate whether you are attending in person or remotely. Also, please contact Laurie if you have questions.  Or register online:

AGENDA – Friday, October 5, 2018


9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast/Networking Sponsored by Intel, Red River, Mainline Information Systems and Partners Denodo and Juniper.


9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Welcoming/Opening Remarks by NEREN, Inc.

Please note that the Webcast/Phone options will be available for the presentations only and not the Working session in the afternoon. If joining by webcast, please use the following link:


10:00 – 10:40 a.m. Presentation #1 –“Modular Approach to Cloud Security”

Presenter:  Mayank Varia, Research Associate Professor and Co-Director for the Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security (RISCS)

Abstract: The goal of the NSF-sponsored Modular Approach to Cloud Security project is to develop techniques and tools for building information systems with meaningful multi-layered security guarantees. Arguably, reasoning about all the security aspects of systems “in one blow” is not feasible. The approach we take is thus modular: We aim at systems that are built from smaller and separable functional components, where the security of each component is asserted individually, and where security of the system as a whole can be derived from the security of its components. Because this composition can be performed in multiple ways, we also aim to inform and empower users so they can personalize the security guarantees offered by the cloud to suit their objectives.


10:40 – 11:20 a.m. Presentation #2 – “Data Privacy and Compliance”

Presenter: Steve Touw who is co-founder and CTO of Immuta

Abstract: Many question whether it’s possible to enter the machine learning revolution without sacrificing our privacy.  In this talk we’ll first explore the conflicts between privacy and machine learning, examining common concerns such as link attacks and profiling.  These challenges run deep and have several incompatibilities with the foundations of “big data”. As Paul Ohm famously stated: “Data can be either useful or perfectly anonymous but never both.”


We’ll then shift gears and discuss strategies that allow processing of personal information while protecting privacy.  This will include concepts around consent and considering analytical context - a cornerstone of GDPR. Moving into more technical means such as applying differential privacy, privacy by design in all your internal tooling, and visibility into models.


By following these strategies, you will be able to adopt machine learning in your organization while meeting regulatory and compliance guidelines, protecting your reputation, and managing the expectations of your data subjects - your customers!


11:20 – 12:00 p.m. Presentation #3 – “Secure Computing Enclaves: A model for success”

Presenter: John Griffin, Research Computing Manager, UMass Amherst

Abstract: Working with large datasets containing protected health information presents challenges to researchers that many cannot overcome on their own.  UMass Amherst has developed a framework to address the compliance burden faced by researchers who need to access high-throughput computing in a compliant fashion by working with researchers, campus information, and third-party auditors, which we believe provides a scalable model for future engagement.


12:00 – 1:10 p.m. Lunch Break (Sponsored by Intel, Red River, Mainline Information Systems and Partners Denodo and Juniper)


1:20 – 2:20 p.m.  Working Session – “Regional CI Activities Discussion; Eastern Research Network (ERN)”

Session Leads; John Goodhue, Executive Director, MGHPCC and David Marble, President and CEO, OSHEAN

This session will be a facilitated discussion with the attendees to introduce the work of the Eastern Research Network (ERN) consortium and the ERN Proof of Concept.  We will discuss areas of concentration, progress to date and opportunities for participation.  The work session will focus on recipes for cluster and tools development and highlight work to develop regional perfSONAR MaDDash, Google cloudburst and regional SLURM collaboration.  The session will also “bridge the gap” by highlighting work being done to apply security tools from Regional Networks to the benefit of Science DMZs.


2:20 – 3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks Christopher Misra, Interim Vice Chancellor IT and CIO, UMass Amherst


To register, or if you have questions, please email Laurie Robinson, NEREN Program Administrator, at or by phone: 401-523-5107. Or register online:

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