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Homeland Security Today: "$2.5 Million Grant to Train Cybersecurity Professionals Given to Pace University"

08/24/2015

Homeland Security Today: "$2.5 Million Grant to Train Cybersecurity Professionals Given to Pace University"

A $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems to help train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

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PACE UNIVERSITY RECEIVES $2.5M GRANT FROM NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION TO TRAIN NEXT GENERATION OF CYBERSECURITY PROFESSIONALS

08/24/2015

PACE UNIVERSITY RECEIVES $2.5M GRANT FROM NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION TO TRAIN NEXT GENERATION OF CYBERSECURITY PROFESSIONALS

NEW YORK, NY, August 24, 2015 – Many of the brightest stars in the next generation of cybersecurity professionals are being trained at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems thanks in part to a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

This project is an extension of a previous CyberCorps program that received $1 million from the NSF from 2010 through this summer. The new NSF award will bring the additional $2.5 million to advance Pace’s program over the next five years.

The grant will support 3 to 4 cybersecurity students annually, assist student research in cybersecurity, and direct several outreach programs such as the GenCyber cybersecurity program for high school teachers. The 2015 Pace GenCyber summer program for high school teachers was held in July. 

Congresswoman Nita Lowey has supported Pace and the CyberCorps initiative for several years. “Safeguarding sensitive personal and corporate information must receive outsized attention in our 21st Century economy,” said Lowey. “I’m pleased these federal investments will help enhance cybersecurity education at Pace University so we can develop the professionals necessary to combat the increasing threat of hackers and cybercriminals worldwide. As Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting for investments that address pressing national security needs.”

“I am pleased to announce the awarding of this grant which will support a number of new students who wish to enter the emerging field of cybersecurity at Pace University,” said United States Senator Charles E. Schumer. “This funding will assist student research in cybersecurity, and direct several outreach programs – including running the GenCyber cybersecurity teachers’ workshop, a two-week program for teachers to learn how to teach cybersecurity. Cybersecurity has become an issue which affects millions of Americans as well as our critical infrastructure and national security. It is paramount that we have the training and emerging workers to address and enter this field, and I know Pace University will offer top-notch instruction to prepare these students to tackle these emanate threats.”

Joseph Ryan, PhD, the co-principal investigator on this grant, recognizes the gravity of the situation the country is facing.  As an expert on homeland security and chair of Pace University’s master’s degree in the discipline, he notes that, “less than five years ago, no one was concerned about cyber security. Today, the FBI is recognizing it as the number one threat to our security. Hackers have the ability to enter our secure systems, such as power and electric, and shut it down. This grant is a major step toward securing our country.”

“With the continuous support from the NSF, Pace’s CyberCorps program is expecting to produce the next generation of cybersecurity professionals who can fit into the workplace with not only their computing expertise but also practical hands-on skills and problem-solving capabilities,” said program director, Professor Li-Chiou Chen. “Through our academic programs in the Bachelors’, Masters’ and Doctoral’ levels, the Seidenberg School has already established a great network of alumni working in the cybersecurity area in both private and public sectors, including FBI, DoD, and New York State, the new CyberCorps award will allow us to further strengthen the professional preparation of our cybersecurity students and to enhance our student pipeline through academic outreach to community colleges and high schools.”

Students who receive scholarships through this grant go on to work in government agencies for a designated period of time after graduation. The grant will support eligible cybersecurity scholars who are current Pace students, transfer students from community colleges, and new graduate students from other universities. All students supported by the grant are required to fulfill core curriculum requirements in both cybersecurity and mathematics, as well as take courses in either criminal justice, business administration, or another discipline. The students will also complete research projects and professional development activities.

Pace has been a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security since 2004.

The grant supports the project, “A Multiple Pathway Approach to CyberCorps – Renewal,” directed by Pace professors Li-Chiou Chen, PhD, Joseph Ryan, PhD, Darren Hayes, PhD, and Andreea Cotoranu. This project extends the CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program at Pace. This program prepares graduates to excel in cybersecurity tasks in specialty areas such as information assurance compliance and auditing, network security administration, and digital forensics.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. Visit www.pace.edu.

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Media Contact: Cara Cea, Pace University, (914) 906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

 

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McClatchy Washington Bureau: "State Department did nothing to protect Clinton emails after hack"

08/21/2015

McClatchy Washington Bureau: "State Department did nothing to protect Clinton emails after hack"

. . . A State Department official who is knowledgeable about the government’s response to the Blumenthal hack confirmed that the department did not investigate. The official refused to say if the discovery of the hack is what alerted the department to the existence of Clinton’s private server. The official could not speak publicly as a matter of practice.

“We would not address the security of a system of an individual who was not employed at the time with the federal government,” the official said.

Because Blumenthal did not work for the government, the official said, the correspondence did not likely include sensitive information.

However, revelations that the State Department failed to take action after the hack by Romanian Marcel Lazar Lehel is prompting criticism of Clinton’s decision to use her own server.

“The State Department has shown an unfathomable indifference to Secretary Clinton’s email arrangement from the very beginning,” said Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House committee investigating the fatal attacks in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. “This is evidenced by their acquiescence in allowing the private server from the very first day, a failure to preserve and protect the public record during . . . her tenure, and a failure to seek the return of the public record until a committee of Congress essentially insisted it be done.”

Once the Blumenthal hack occurred, the domain name for Clinton’s host server was easily obtainable and her account was likely vulnerable, said Darren Hayes, director of cybersecurity at the computer science school at New York’s Pace University. Clinton changed her email address after the hack. In June 2013, she also hired a Colorado firm to manage her email server.

“Somebody could look up information about the registrar for that domain name,” identify the unique IP address for her account, locate the email server “and find out what vulnerabilities might be associated with that server,” Hayes said.

He said that “there were certainly some security precautions that the State Department and others could have suggested.”

Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article31628900.html

 

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E-Commerce Times: "Bezos Rebuffs Expose of Amazon's Cold-Blooded Culture"

08/20/2015

E-Commerce Times: "Bezos Rebuffs Expose of Amazon's Cold-Blooded Culture"

. . . "Amazon has a very strong culture, and a strong culture can be a very good thing," said Eric H. Kessler, a management professor at Pace University's Lubin School of Business.

"Strong culture does allow a lot of very good things for success. It gets people on the same page. It defines their mission -- and it defines how they get to the mission," he told the E-Commerce Times.

"However, strong culture also has its downside. Any way of seeing is a way of not seeing. If you're too cohesive, it can put blinders on you," Kessler cautioned.

Read more: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/Bezos-Rebuffs-Expose-of-Amazons-Cold-Blooded-Culture-82388.html

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Inc.: "What You Can Learn From Carly Fiorina's Smackdown of Trump"

08/19/2015

Inc.: "What You Can Learn From Carly Fiorina's Smackdown of Trump"

. . . Her record at Hewlett-Packard, which she led form 1999 until 2005, is controversial at best. Under her leadership, the company’s share price decreased by more than half, she oversaw the layoffs of tens of thousands of employees, and she engineered a merger with computer maker Compaq that resulted in an ugly public feud with Hewlett family members. Fiorina was also ultimately fired by the computer company’s board.

With those things in mind, Fiorina’s strategy then, as now, is closest to something called agency theory, says Bruce Bachenheimer, a clinical professor of management at Pace University in New York.

Loosely defined, it describes the way public shareholders hire agents--such as chief executives--to make decisions for their companies. Sometimes these agents don’t work in the best interests of the company, Bachenheimer says, which could include having a greater appetite for risk than the owners have, because it’s not really their money at stake. And that appetite for risk sometimes increases as a company underperforms, because the agent’s skin in the game--such as stock options--are worth less. So it can cause an agent to aim for the bleachers, in an all or nothing strategy.

“For Carly Fiorina, it was worth taking a risk [in the debates], because the consequences would have been death by a thousand cuts, and becoming completely marginalized,” Bachenheimer say. “By attacking Donald Trump, she could get to five or seven percent in the polls.”

Read more: http://www.inc.com/jeremy-quittner/why-carly-fiorina-is-like-sodastream-for-republicans.html

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Associated Press: "Probe of Clinton’s server could find more than just emails"

08/18/2015

Associated Press: "Probe of Clinton’s server could find more than just emails"

Photo: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a news conference during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press)

. . . Since her server was first installed in 2009, it most likely was a traditional hard disk-based device rather than a newer solid state unit — which only have become commonly used in the last two or three years, said computer scientist Darren Hayes. Solid state drives, until recently, were much more expensive than their counterparts for storing lots of data.

Forensics experts would have an easier time retrieving erased data from such older, disk-based servers because those units are not as efficient in deleting material, said Hayes, assistant professor and director of cybersecurity at Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York.

“A hard disk drive is very difficult to manipulate,” he said. “Once you get your hands on a hard drive, there’s a lot you can recover.”

Even after files are marked for deletion on a disk, Hayes said, their contents remain on the drive and can be retrieved. Even if the full file is gone, fragments can be pulled off the drive and sometimes a complete email file can be found inside other files marked for deletion.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/probe-of-hillary-clintons-server-could-find-...

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E-Commerce Times: "Twitter Goes Long With Historic Tweet Access"

08/18/2015

E-Commerce Times: "Twitter Goes Long With Historic Tweet Access"

. . . . This tool will be very valuable for monitoring product launches and analyzing marketing campaigns, because "it will let businesses go back in time and assess their actions, and then examine responses to their actions based on public tweets," said Larry Chiagouris, professor of marketing at Pace University.

Read more: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/82375.html

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Washington Times: "FBI to start efforts to recover data from Clinton’s email server"

08/18/2015

Washington Times: "FBI to start efforts to recover data from Clinton’s email server"

. . . Cybersecurity experts say the FBI will begin first by trying to recover any information from the server. If emails are retrievable from the server, then investigators would likely start piecing together where the emails came from, who they were sent to and to what degree the information they contained was classified.

“Actually having the device enables the investigators to do a heck of a lot in terms of what the person was doing with that server, and also what was on that server and bringing back deleted files,” said Darren Hayes, a cybersecurity professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Read more:  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/13/fbi-start-recovery-hillary-clintons-email-server/

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Downtown Express: "Survey shows some satisfaction, but also garbage problems"

08/18/2015

Downtown Express: "Survey shows some satisfaction, but also garbage problems"

A yearlong survey conducted to figure out community needs in Lower Manhattan yielded some surprises, including that optimism resides in Battery Park City.

When asked what they would change about their neighborhood, the number one response was “not one thing: it’s nice here!”

“From Battery City Park, we heard people saying that it’s wonderful here, no changes at all, we love it the way it is,” said Michael Levine, Community Board 1’s planning consultant, in a phone interview.

The Seaport/Civic Center was the only other area to garner the same response, but it was only two percent there, compared to almost 11 in Battery Park City.

Levine, who also teaches urban planning at Pace University, enlisted his students to conduct the survey. One class with 30 students would tackle one of C.B. 1’s four neighborhoods — Battery Park City, Tribeca, Seaport/Civic Center and the Financial District. Each student was required to do ten surveys, Levine said.

Read more: http://www.downtownexpress.com/2015/08/13/survey-shows-some-satisfaction-but-also-garbage-problems/

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ONE DAY IMMERSION IN TV, CABLE & DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT OFFERS MEDIA SCHOLARSHIPS

08/13/2015

ONE DAY IMMERSION IN TV, CABLE & DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT OFFERS MEDIA SCHOLARSHIPS

Two Awards Established to Support Next Generation of Media Industry Innovators

DENVER, August 12, 2015 - The Executive Committee for the 2015 One Day Immersion in TV, Cable & Digital Entertainment collegiate conference, in association with Pace University's Lubin School of Business, announced today that it has created an ODI Scholars program. ODI Scholars will award two scholarships to current college students to help support and encourage the next generation of media industry innovators.

The ODI Scholars program will award two $2000 scholarships, one Creative and one Technology-focused.  The recipients will also receive ten hours of mentoring sessions with a media industry professional. In addition, two Runners-Ups; one Creative and one Technology-focused, will receive $500 plus ten hours of mentoring sessions.

The ODI Scholars program is spearheaded by Cable Pioneers and industry benefactors, Zenita Henderson, Senior Marketing Manager, Global Marketing, ARRIS, and Matt Aden, retired cable industry sales executive. Henderson and Aden helped to create the program with their vision of driving diversity and encouraging college students to seek STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) careers in the cable telecommunications industry.

"Today's students are tomorrow's leaders, and Matt and I are committed to establishing opportunities for college students to share their creative ideas and passions to make all of our lives better," said Henderson.  "The ODI Scholars program also provides an exciting opportunity for these students to work one-on-one with some of our industry's best imaginative thinkers in personal mentoring sessions."

To apply for an ODI Scholars scholarship, applicants are required to write a 750-word essay on Living Your Creative Life OR Your Technology Life Through Media; and How you Plan on Using it. Original essays should focus on what the student is passionate about, and how their unique idea would add quality to their life. Applications for the 2015 ODI Scholars competition can be submitted starting August 15, 12:00pm ET, to odischolars2015@gmail.com, and must be received by October 1, 2015, at 11:59pm ET.  Full competition guidelines can be found at www.onedayimmersion.com.

Winning scholars will be announced at the One Day Immersion in TV, Cable & Digital Entertainment collegiate conference, in association with Pace University's Lubin School of Business, on Friday, October 23 at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University in New York. The full day event is free to all currently-enrolled college students, faculty and recent graduates, and will also be made available for live streaming to students across the United States and internationally. Registration for the event opens September 1, 2015.

The One Day Immersion Executive Committee includes: Zenita Henderson, senior marketing manager, global marketing, ARRIS; Robert Miner, president, Miner & Co Studio; Craig Parks, vice president, programming, Comcast, Evan Shapiro, executive vice president, digital enterprises, NBCUniversal, and conference Co-Chair, and Dolly Wolf, Owner, Dolly Wolf Enterprises, LLC.  For a complete list of ODI Advisory Committee Members, please go to www.onedayimmersion.com.

One Day Immersion in TV, Cable & Digital Entertainment is sponsored by HBO and The Cable Center.  For speaker and sponsorship opportunities, contact Dolly Wolf at dollywolf303@gmail.com.

About Dolly Wolf Enterprises

Formed in 2012, and building upon the momentum of the past ten years of producing collegiate lectures and forums, Dolly Wolf Enterprises strives to offer unprecedented access to top cable and digital TV executives for college students, and to create an authentic connection of media leaders, cable and beyond, with the best and brightest college students and recent grads. The company produces forums where executives share their paths to their current positions, and provide insights and opportunities into the innovative and fast-moving industry.  Dolly Wolf Enterprises fosters strategic relationships for students and executives, as they build mentorships, focused career plans, and ultimately, provide job placement. For more information, visit www.onedayimmersion.com.

About the Lubin School of Business at Pace University

Globally recognized and prestigiously accredited, the Lubin School of Business integrates New York City's business world into the experienced-based education of its students at Pace's suburban and downtown campuses, implemented by the region's largest co-op program, team-based learning, and customized career guidance. Its programs are designed to launch success-oriented graduates toward upwardly mobile careers. www.pace.edu/lubin.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs in its Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu.

For more information, contact:

Joanne Dant

720-205-2454

joannedant@comcast.net

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