NYU-Polytechnic Institute/Sloan Foundation Cyber Security Lectures
With the ever-increasing scale of interconnected information systems, concerns about cyber security dangers and threats expand daily. Polytechnic Institute of New York University's Cyber Security Lecture Series has been created specifically to provide a visible arena for high-level discussion among world-class cyber warriors.
Sponsored by the New York-based Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, NYU-Poly's series of four lectures and panel discussions are designed to raise the visibility of cyber security risks and issues. Internationally renowned cyber security experts are joining together to stimulate collaborative thinking, especially among the New York's regional businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, academic institutions, media, and the public. Practical and timely, lectures will also focus on possible strategies that address the impact of growing cyber security risks.
CYBERSPACE ALLIES: How Public/Private Partnerships Can Fight Back
Marcus H. Sachs, is Vice President of Government Affairs, National Security Policy, Verizon Communications, where he assists federal, state, and local officials with national security emergency preparedness and cyber policy coordination in the communications sector. At Verizon, he assists business units with integrating national security emergency preparedness policy into network operations, support for critical infrastructure, and protection of Verizon's global corporate assets. External to Verizon Sachs serves as Vice Chair of the Communications Sector Coordinating Council and supports several other public/private advisory working groups and task forces. In 2007, he was named a member of the CSIS Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency, and from 2003 to 2010, he was Director of the SANS Internet Storm Center. Earlier, he had a 20-year military career as an officer in the US States Army, followed by two years of federal civilian service at the White House and the US Department of Homeland Security. In 1998, he was selected by the Secretary of Defense to be an initial member of the Joint Task Force for Computer Network Defense, a military unit organized to conduct cyberspace operations in reaction to growing foreign threats targeting sensitive military networks. After retiring from the military, he was appointed by the President to serve concurrently on the staff of the National Security Council as the Director for Communication Infrastructure Protection in the White House Office of Cyberspace Security and on the staff of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board. Sachs joined the National Cyber Security Division of the US Department of Homeland Security in June 2003, where he implemented the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, including the launch of US-CERT. Sachs holds a Master's of Science in Computer Science with a concentration in Information Security from James Madison University, a Master's of Science in Science and Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the Army's Command and General Staff College, Army Engineer School, Army Computer Science School, and Army's Airborne and Air Assault schools. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy at George Mason University and is a senior faculty member of SANS Technology Institute.
Edward G. Amoroso serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer for AT&T Services. His responsibilities include real-time security protection over AT&T's network and computing infrastructure, including mobility services, security policy, planning, and architecture for AT&T's enterprise, security support for AT&T's IPTV initiatives, and support for AT&T's managed and network-based security services. He is the author of numerous research papers and five books on information security, including the recently published Cyber Attacks: Protecting National Infrastructure. Amoroso is the winner of the 1999 AT&T Labs Technology Medal for his contributions to large-scale intrusion detection. In 2010, he was elected an AT&T Fellow. Amoroso holds Master's and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Stevens Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at the Columbia Business School. An Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stevens, his work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Network World and The New York Times.
William F. Pelgrin, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Internet Security, a not-for-profit organization with the aim of enhancing cyber security readiness and response of public and private sectors through collaboration. Pelgrin is also Founder and Chair of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center and chairs the Public/Private Sector Cyber Security Workgroup, with senior representatives from state and local governments, universities, the private sector, not only New York, but New Jersey, as well as the Federal government. Pelgrin has been named one of the “Top 10 Government Information Security Leaders for 2011” and “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for 2011.” He has also been honored with the 2010 Cyber 7 Award. He is a graduate of Albany Law School and Union College.
Paul Mahon, Assistant Special Agent In Charge of the United States Secret Service (USSS) New York Field Office, supervises eight criminal investigative squads which include the multi-agency Electronics Crimes Task Force Network Intrusion Squad and a multi-agency computer Forensics Laboratory. Mahon joined the USSS in 1990 after working for five years at the National Security Agency as an Electronics Engineer. Since joining the USSS, he has served in several field offices, protection details, and headquarters assignments, including detailee positions at the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Division and the National Counterterrorism Center. Mahon graduated from the University of Scranton and earned a B.S. in Electronics Engineering. He continued his education at the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering, receiving a M.S. in Electrical Engineering with a focus in computer design.
Nasir Memon, Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, NYU-Polytechnic Institute
Robert Ubell, is Vice President of Enterprise Learning at NYU Polytechnic Institute, where he heads the school's e-learning unit, NYU-ePoly, delivering 20 online graduate programs worldwide. Last year, NYU-Poly's online graduate program in Cyber Security was awarded the Sloan-C prize as the best online program in the nation. Ubell also heads the school's executive education division, Enterprise Learning, with top Fortune 500 companies as clients, including Goldman Sachs, SAIC, and AT&T, among dozens of others. Earlier, he launched WebCampus at Stevens Institute of Technology, also recipient of a Sloan-C award. At Stevens, Ubell administered the school's China graduate program in Beijing. At NYU-Poly, Enterprise Learning continues to deliver education and training to Chinese companies, including the Xi'an Coal Research Institute and Zhongtian Development Company. In his publishing career, he was editor of the National Magazine Award-winning New York Academy of Sciences monthly, The Sciences, and American publisher of the premier British science weekly, Nature. He was also founding publisher of Nature Biotechnology. Ubell is the author or editor of seven books and nearly 60 scholarly articles. His most recent book, Virtual Teamwork, was published last year by John Wiley. Ubell, who has participated in numerous corporate and nonprofit boards, currently serves on the Board of the Sloan Consortium and is president of the Board of Parkinson's Unity Walk. Ubell has been the principal investigator of numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, Sloan Foundation, and IEEE Foundation, among other sources. He earned his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College, where he currently serves on the Dean's Council. Ubell, who has been a guest lecturer at MIT and Columbia's College of Physicians & Surgeons, was named a Fellow of the Sloan Consortium and a Member of the Council of the Chongqing China International Exchange Association last year.
Once we became deeply dependent on the Internet, business, government, and our critical infrastructure fell vulnerable to serious security risks. Early on, we recognized that strategic weaknesses can be exploited by foreign agents, resulting in catastrophic failure of our power grid, transportation systems, and other vital civic arteries. Today, new threats have emerged from criminals who exploit private computers, steal intellectual property, and engage in espionage. Noted expert Marcus Hans Sachs, supported by a distinguished panel of fellow cyber experts, examine who these Internet threat groups are, separating media hype from what is really happening. Sachs and his colleagues call for a powerful partnership between public and private sectors to protect and secure cyberspace security.
Cyber Security at Polytechnic Institute of NYU
For the past decade, NYU-Poly has been at forefront of cyber-security research, education, and policy. Together with its sister schools at NYU, under the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy (CRISSP), Poly and NYU have been at the core of cyber security research and education in the tri-state area.
Master's in Cyber Security. NYU-Poly's Cyber Security Program is an internationally recognized center of excellence in information assurance and cyber security. With the vast amount of sensitive data now stored in the digital universe, NYU-Poly's Master's Program, available online and on campus, molds experts who emerge as the last and most effective line of defense against attack on computer networks and electronic infrastructure and who safeguard the information of individuals, industry, and government. Its curriculum couples theory with research, translated into real-world solutions, critical in securing and protecting sensitive data—everything from Social Security numbers to financial records and matters of national security. Led by one of the most distinguished scholars in cyber security, Nasir Memon, the record of NYU-Poly Cyber Security faculty in research and teaching is among the most impressive in the nation, with numerous NSF and other research awards, editorial positions on principal research journals, significant innovative patents, and key posts at national and international scholarly societies. With a distinguished history of research and education in cyber security, NYU-Poly's online and on campus programs have been designated by the nation's principal cyber security bodies as achieving the highest standards. The program has been awarded an NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) as well as a Center of Academic Excellence in Research (CAE-R). NSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor CAEIAE and CAE-R to reduce vulnerability in national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in information assurance (IA) and producing skilled professionals with IA expertise in various disciplines. Colleges and graduate-level universities eligible to apply for the designation must pass a rigorous review, demonstrating commitment to academic excellence in IA education. NYU-ePoly's Cyber Security curriculum meets the National Training Standards NSTISSI-4011 (National Training Standard for Information Systems Security—INFOSEC—Professionals), CNSSI-4013 (National Information Assurance Training Standard for System Administrators--SA), and CNSSI-4016 (National Information Assurance Training Standard for Risk Analysts) as set by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).
Cyber Security Laboratory. NYU-Poly's cyber security laboratory is a remote virtual environment available to students and faculty as the backbone of many courses in the program. For example, in the network security course, each student gains access to nine remote systems across three private networks and two routers to perform hands-on assignments involving web-applications, firewalls, network-spoofing, encryption and other modules. In contrast to most network security courses at other universities that commonly provide either static content or access to a few machines that students must share, NYU-Poly's program embraces virtualization, adding new machines for student access as the curriculum expands.
Sloan Consortium Names NYU-Poly's Cyber Security Virtual Master's Nation's Outstanding Online Program
The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), the country's most prominent association of academic institutions championing online higher education, recognized NYU-Poly's Cyber Security Virtual Master's degree as the nation's "Outstanding Online Program" last November. More than half of all students in the school's Master's in Cyber Security are presently enrolled in its online program.
About Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Polytechnic Institute of New York University (formerly Polytechnic University), an affiliated institute of New York University, is a comprehensive school of engineering, applied sciences, technology and research, and is rooted in a 158-year tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship: i2e. The institution, founded in 1854, is the nation’s second-oldest private engineering school. In addition to its main campus in New York City at MetroTech Center in downtown Brooklyn, it also offers programs at sites throughout the region, around the globe and remotely through NYUe-Poly. NYU-Poly is an integral part of NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai and the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) in downtown Brooklyn. For more information, visit www.poly.edu
About New York University
New York University, which was established in 1831, is one of the largest and most prestigious private research universities in the U.S. It has more international students than any other U.S. college or university. Through its numerous schools and colleges, NYU conducts research and provides education in the arts and sciences, law, medicine, dentistry, education, nursing, business, social work, the cinematic and performing arts, public administration and policy, and continuing studies, among other areas.
Lecture Series Chairman, Nasir Memon
Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, NYU-Polytechnic Institute
Professor Nasir Memon of NYU-Poly, Lecture Series Chairman, is an internationally respected expert in cyber security. His research interests include digital forensics, data compression, computer and network security and multimedia computing and security. He has published more than 250 articles in scholarly journals and conference proceedings and holds more than a dozen patents in image compression and information security and forensics. His research has been featured in NBC Nightly News, The New York Times, MIT Review, Wired.Com, BBC, among other media. Professor Memon has been a principal or co-investigator on numerous research and education grants exceeding $15 million. He and his academic colleagues are engaged in the addressing the most troubling cyber security issues confronting the New York City, the nation and the world.
About The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
This project is funded by the Sloan Foundation’s Civic Initiatives program, supporting unique opportunities to benefit the New York City metropolitan area. The New York City-based Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is one of the world’s premier philanthropic, not-for-profit, grant-making institutions. The Foundation provides funding to support original research and broad-based education related to science, technology, and economic performance that will improve the quality of American life. Founded in 1934 by Alfred P. Sloan, Jr., then-President and CEO of General Motors, it is an independent entity with no formal relationship to General Motors Corporation. Its unique focus on science, technology, and economic institutions promotes scholars and practitioners who are chief drivers of the nation’s health and prosperity.