Annual Symposium Overview

The 16th Annual Symposium on Information Assurance (ASIA ‘21) will be held in conjunction with the 24th New York State Cyber Security Conference on June 8-9, 2021 virtually. The three-day conference offers training on the final day. In the past, this joint event has attracted well over 1,000 participants including practitioners, researchers and vendors, providing opportunities for business and intellectual engagement among attendees. The symposium is organized by the University at Albany School of Business, the Enterprise Information Security Office (EISO) of the NYS Office of Information Technology Services (ITS), and the New York State Forum.

I am on the Technical Program Committee for this conference and I invite you to submit a paper. We are also looking for reviewers. You can find the call for papers and more details about the conference at

Dick Morley Celebration


On November 30, 2020, Llewellyn King produced an episode of the White House Chronicle entitled Remembering Richard E. “Dick” Morely, giant in U.S. manufacturing. Featured guests were Ken Ball, Patricia Moody, and me. You can view the episode at On Wednesday, December 16, 2020 we will present a much more extensive presentation on Dick Morley and his achievements. This celebration will run from 11 AM to 4 PM Eastern Time and will feature a variety of panel discussions and presentations dealing with Dick Morley’s inventions and entrepreneurial activities. The link for this Dick Morley Celebration is This is a high-capacity Zoom webinar so no registration or fee is required. A complete and detailed description of the sessions will be available next week on this website. Join us as your schedule allows. This event is organized by the Cyber Society Lab at the Missouri University of Science & Technology.

Happy Birthday Dick Morley, Father of the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)


December 1 is the birthday of Richard (Dick) Morley, who passed away on October 17, 2017, in New Hampshire. He is one of the people who have a profound impact on our lives, yet are generally unknown to the public. Dick Morley was a driving force behind the programmable logic controller, commonly referred to as a PLC ( These handy units are the backbone of manufacturing and many types of control systems. Dick Morley was an original thinker and inspired many people. A short biography can be found at

Today, November 30, 2020, Ken Ball, Patricia Moody, and I joined host Llewellyn King to record an episode of The White House Chronicle ( dedicated to his memory. This episode will be available both here and on The White House Chronicle website on December 4. It will be broadcast on a variety of public broadcasting stations and the POTUS Channel on Sirius XM radio. For details, please see

In addition, we are in the process of organizing a much more extensive program dedicated to Dick Morley and his many accomplishments to be held on December 16, 2020. Details on this extended program will be available soon on this website.