Seidenberg CyberSecurity Institute
In fall 2011, Pace University officially announced the launching of the Seidenberg CyberSecurity Institute dedicated to fighting cybercrime and promoting data protection.
Through internal interdisciplinary collaboration and external partnerships with academia, business and government, the Institute, as stated by co-director Bel Raggad, PhD, will become a “forum to propagate basic and applied research.” It will also “leverage the strengths of both Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and Lubin School of Business by focusing on information security management, planning and auditing,” according to Constance Knapp, PhD, interim dean, who serves as co-director.
Of primary importance is the Institute’s goal of actively addressing the acute shortage of trained cybersecurity professionals through the offering of certificates, degree programs, and ongoing education for managers and high-level executives. The need for a regional resource of this nature is illustrated by the following:
- According to Jim Gosler, the founding director of the CIA’s Clandestine Information Technology Office, the United States only has about 1,000 security specialists with the skills required to operate effectively in cyberspace, while it needs 10,000 to 30,000 such individuals.
- A 2010 report by the Center for Strategic International Studies in Washington found that US nuclear and energy systems are under continuous cyber attack, that the US Department of Defense has been “penetrated multiple times by other nation-states,” and that in October, 2008, “Express Scripts, one of the nations’ largest processors of pharmacy prescriptions, reported that extortionists had threatened to disclose personal and medical information on millions of Americans if the company failed to meet payment demands.”
- “As cybersecurity becomes an increasingly important aspect of national defense, rapid growth will occur among information technology specialists,” according to the latest Career Guide to Industries from the US Department of Labor.
In addition to preparing information security specialists for managerial roles in business and government, the new Pace Institute will:
- Drive research on immediately applicable approaches that integrate technology advances and policy
- Serve as a resource for public and private partnerships
- Develop additional curricula for industry professionals
The Institute builds on the expertise of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems faculty, its 2004 designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, the awarding of Department of Defense and National Science Foundation scholarships to students committed to pursuing careers in cybersecurity, and the numerous security-related courses, concentrations and programs currently offered by the school.
The Seidenberg CyberSecurity Institute at the Seidenberg School is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in teaching and research through internal collaboration and partnerships with Academia, Industry and Civic organizations. The centralmission of the Institute is to actively grow the skilled workforce at all levels in the cybersecurity area for the greater New York City region through innovative Educational, Research and Technology Transfer programs.