Dakota digital discussions

A series of webinars that will respond to the ongoing impacts that digitization, artificial intelligence, and autonomous systems are having on our society.

The Dakota Digital Discussions are going to be monthly TED Talk kinds of events that will focus on the implications of the rapid digital transformation of our society.

This discussion will be based on Prof. Anwar’s article in the fall issue of Dakota Digital Review: “Overlooked Security Challenges in Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure.” As Prof. Anwar and coauthor Asad Mailk, PhD, write, “EVs and the EV charging ecosystem have become a playground for hackers—both legal and illegal—since safety and privacy policies are in their infancy.” The discussion will explore EV cybersecurity vulnerabilities and offer solutions going forward.

Zahid Anwar, PhD, serves as Associate Professor of Cybersecurity in the Department of Computer Science and a scholar at the Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth at NDSU. He earned an MS and PhD in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he conducted postgraduate research at Concordia University. Previously, Prof. Anwar served on the faculties of the National University of Sciences and Technology in Pakistan, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Fontbonne University.He has also worked as a software engineer at IBM, Intel, Motorola, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, xFlow Research and at CERN on various projects related to information security and data analytics.Prof. Anwar’s research focuses on cybersecurity policy and innovative cyber defense. He is a CompTIA certified penetration tester, security+ professional and an AWS certified cloud solutions architect.

The Dakota Digital Discussions is an offspring of the Dakota Digital Academy (DDA). The DDA was founded to help students and professionals develop and
upskill cyber knowledge and skills.