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Features Weekend of tech at Orlando Science Center

Valencia professor teaches cyber security in ‘Catch the Hacker’ simulation

By Amanda Gonzalez agonzalez@valenciavoice.com

Video games, simulators, workshops, and entertainment were just a few components of the Otronicon convention that took place at the Orlando Science Center (OSC) Jan. 14-17. Otro- nicon event goers were given the opportunity

to take part in today’s world of technology. Each floor at the OSC had something differ - ent to offer. Arcade-style games such as “Ms. Pacman” and “Asteroids” filled one room of the first floor. In another room was the Dr. Phillips Cine-Dome in which showings of both “Tron” and “Tron: Legacy” could be seen. Workshops and simulations of all types

were to be found on the second floor. One of the workshops, which took place at 12 p.m. on each day of the Otronicon convention, was held by Dr. Wael Yousif, who teaches com- puter engineering and technology at Valen- cia Community College. Dr. Yousif present- ed “How to Catch a Hacker” alongside Nick Lennox, a security engineer for SAIC (Sci- ence Applications International Corporation). Attendees of the workshop were encouraged to navigate through the computer in front of them. “There are no firewalls, it doesn’t have antivirus protection. What we are trying to have you do here is try to see if you can de- fine the threats that exist,” Dr. Yousif said. He also stated that part of the purpose of the workshop, “is to create awareness of computer attacks and the simple measures that can be taken.” Information on computer security, as well as jobs in the field, can be found at http://www.valenciacc.edu/dfas. Sports, medical, and military simula- tors were available for guests to have a hands-on experience. Military simulators al- lowed for realistic shooting range and air- craft pilot practice, while EA Sports had its own section for guests to join professional sports players in different EA Sports games.

Danny Brown, from Atlanta, Ga

with Stryker, came . to take part in Otro-

Russell Griner / Valencia Voice Children ooded the Orlando Science Center for Otronicon, an all things technology convention this past weekend.

nicon. Danny was demonstrating the computer assisted surgery simulator. “This is used at the Florida Hospital for every brain surgery,” explained Danny. He demonstrated how the L.E.D. lights are

Dr. Yousif, a Valencia Professor, with Nick Lennox ran ‘Cathc the Hacker’ a computer exercise designed to teach cyber security to young kids.

used to show the contours of an individu- al’s face and how the procedures are done. The third floor was a special kid’s floor where younger children could play age appropriate video games with their parents. On the fourth floor, was the latest of today’s video game sys- tems. Event goers had the opportunity to try out the Wii, as well the new Kinect and Move for the XBOX 360 and PlayStation 3 respectively. Each one of these gadgets is motion censored. Playersstoodinfrontoftheconsolesandwatched themselves play games on the screen while making the movements outside of the screen. Music entertainment included local Orlando band, Bfunk20XX. The band uses a modified Game Boy to recreate video game theme songs while still incorporating original sounds from the games. More information on BFunk20XX can be found at http://www.bfunk20xx.com.

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