Dear Heidi Smith,
For this short report, I interviewed my Computer Science 111 instructor Robert Sloan. He is one of most experienced professors of computer science at UIC and is admired by many of the students who take his class. From this interview, I gained insights about his teaching experience and his work in cyber security. Professor Sloan has been working in the field of cyber security and computer science for a long time and has gained a lot of knowledge in this field. Though originally a bachelor in Mathematics from MIT, he admires the relationship between science and mathematics and later realized his leaning is more towards science, specifically computer science. He believes that computer science is a wide-ranging field today and is all about computers, their applications, interactions with humans and its implications. From his rich experience of 30 years of cyber security he believes that, the three big goals of cyber security can be summed up in three words; C.I.A.
- Confidentiality: Information that is supposed to be kept secret is secret.
- Integrity: Information is not changed in unauthorized ways.
- Availability: Access to information on computer systems.
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One of the parts of his job that he enjoys the most that he gets to travel quite often. The difficult part is that the problems that arise in this particular field are really hard to solve because your opponents are really smart. This requires you to have practical knowledge of cyber security and to not be someone who is a mere rote learner. This very thing excites professor Sloan and motivates him to work better. Another difficulty that the professor faces is that his work is never over, there is always another new problem to deal with. But the flip side is that he is never bored of his work which is the most crucial factor of your work