The Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems’ initiative in cybersecurity is addressing the urgent and current demand for cybersecurity expertise in the US and throughout the world.
Alec Ross, senior adviser for innovation at the US State Department, has advice for students: “If any college student asked me what career would most assure 30 years of steady well-paying employment,” Ross said, “I would respond, ‘cybersecurity.’ ” The Washington Post, December 4, 2012.
And the need for cybersecurity is not limited to the government; every business as well as every hospital and related facility needs cybersecurity too. Hurricane Sandy offers a case in point: The October 31, 2012 front page of the business section of the New York Times (NYT) read: “When Floodwaters Rise, Web Sites May Fall.”
Two weeks prior, on October 12, the NYT carried a front page piece: “Panetta Warns of Dire Threat of Cyberattack.” And on December 4, “Cybersecurity experts needed to meet growing demand.”
Cybersecurity is an area in which there is much more good work to do than there are people with cybersecurity expertise to hire. Reputed experts believe that there is a shortage of between 10,000 to 30,000 individuals who possess education in cybersecurity.
The Seidenberg School offers leading academic programs in the area of cybersecurity and is the home of both the Information Assurance Education and Research Center and the Cybersecurity Institute. The school has been recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (IAE) and by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since 2004 – the first school with this designation in the Greater New York area.
Faculty conduct research in cybersecurity funded through competitive grants awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense (DoD), and others; train personnel of the NYPD Computer Crime Squad; maintain a computer forensics lab with the assistance of Cengage Learning; and mentor graduate and undergraduate students doing research projects within the community such as providing computer forensic solutions for the NY State Police Department.
Purpose and Rationale:
A significant and growing need for professionals at all levels exist in the areas of cybersecurity.
Researchers at the Seidenberg School are engaged in studying many aspects of cybersecurity. Examples of areas of current and future interest are delineated below, by category.
- simulations and models of the propagation of computer viruses and worms
- computer auditing
- individual/corporate risk
Public Policy issues:
- models and simulations of bio-attacks (e.g. anthrax)
- characterizations of defense mechanisms
- economic incentives of providing network security
- decision making and trade-off regarding risks
For additional information and interest in participation or sponsorship, please contact:
Dr. Susan M. Merritt, Program Coordinator for Cybersecurity, firstname.lastname@example.org
Subset of Current (and Former) Sponsors and Partners
Department of Defense, Washington, DC
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, DC
New York Police Department, NY, NY
Bank of New York Mellon, NY, NY
The Gartner Group, NY, NY
Microsoft Inc., NY, NY
City University of NY, NY, NY
Herman H. Lehman High School, Bronx, NY
National Defense University iCollege, Washington, DC
School of Legal Studies, Brooklyn, NY
SUNY Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY
University College, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland