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Entrepreneur: "Meet the Middlemen Who Connect Hackers for Hire With Corporate America"

03/28/2016

Entrepreneur: "Meet the Middlemen Who Connect Hackers for Hire With Corporate America"

. . . “Today there is a growing trend of large companies … who provide these bug bounties for hackers to find vulnerabilities in their network or in their application,” says Darren Hayes, assistant professor and director of cybersecurity at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York. “It’s really important that companies do this and offer an incentive to find a vulnerability, rather than one of the bad guys finding a vulnerability and doing something nefarious on their network.”

Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/273041

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Newsday: "Voxx International bets on iris-scanning technology"

03/28/2016

Newsday: "Voxx International bets on iris-scanning technology"

Photo: James M. Demitrieus, chief executive of EyeLock, uses the iris-scan device for access to a company office in Manhattan. (Credit: Craig Ruttle)

. . . The biometrics market is increasingly competitive as proponents of fingerprints, facial recognition, voice recognition, and hand geometry vie for market share.

Michael Coakley, an adjunct professor of computer science and information systems at Pace University, said that researchers are busy seeking innovative biometric readings.

"Everything is fair game now," he said, "handprints, fingerprints, footprints, hair follicles. It seems like everybody is trying to find a body part to extract a biometric reading."

Read more: http://www.newsday.com/business/voxx-international-bets-on-iris-scanning...

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Disability Film Festival Marathon 2016

03/23/2016

Disability Film Festival Marathon 2016

Pace University to host fourth annual Celebration of Individuals with Disabilities in Film, Tuesday, March 29

Panel discussion with leading advocates for people with disabilities in New York City

New York, NY – March 22, 2016 – Pace University will host its fourth annual Celebration of Individuals with Disabilities in Film on Tuesday, March 29, from 4 pm to 9 pm in the Aniello Bianco Room at One Pace Plaza in lower Manhattan. Pace’s Disability Film Festival Marathon 2016 focuses on individuals with disabilities expressing dreams and hopes to be contributing members of society like other individuals without disabilities. The marathon highlights eight short documentary and narrative films from the Reel Abilities Film Festival in New York City, respecting the autonomy and the empowerment of people with disabilities. The event is free and open to the public.

What: The Disability Film Festival Marathon 2016 is sponsored through Pace’s Dean for Students and the outreach programs of its Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, in partnership with AHRC New York City, an organization for helping people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and the Reel Abilities Film Festival in New York City. A panel of expert practitioners on the advocacy of disability rights in society will discuss the challenges and the opportunities highlighted in each of the films, with the panelists inviting engagement from guests. Following the panel discussion, moderators will engage in Q&A with audience guests in opinion polling on film themes.

Who: Panelists include Anita Altman, Founder, ReelAbilities: New York Disabilities Film Festival; Kathy Broderick; Associate Executive Director, AHRC New York City; Victor Calise, Commissioner for the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities; Allan B. Goldstein, Senior Lecturer, NYU Tandon School of Engineering; Maria Hodermarska, Parent and Teacher, New York University; and Marilyn Jaffe-Ruiz, Professor Emerita, Pace University. Moderators: Marijo Russell O’Grady, PhD, Dean for Students, Pace University; Melanie A. Greene, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace University, Information Technology, June 2017; and Cassandra Raffucci, Kingsborough Community College – Melissa Riggio Program, June 2015, Self-Advocate.

Where: Pace University in the Aniello Bianco Room at One Pace Plaza (opposite City Hall), Manhattan. Enter at 3 Spruce Street.

When: Tuesday, March 29. Displays and Exhibits of Community Partners: 4 pm – 6 pm. Entertainment by the Zulu P Band, Reception and Refreshments: 5 pm – 6 pm. Discussion and Films: 6 pm – 9 pm.

For more information, contact James P. Lawler, DPS, Professor of Disability Studies and Information Technologies at Pace and Chair and Organizer of Film Festival Marathon 2016. Phone: (212) 346-1013; email: jlawler@pace.edu.

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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Associated Press: "FBI Official: Time Needed to Know If Phone Can Be Unlocked"

03/23/2016

Associated Press: "FBI Official: Time Needed to Know If Phone Can Be Unlocked"

. . . Speculation about the source of the new method has centered on a little-known but thriving industry of computer forensics in which firms work with the FBI and other police agencies around the world.

While it could be an independent hacker, several experts said the proposed solution most likely came from one of those firms, possibly one that already works for the government.

"The FBI contracts out a lot of work, like every other government agency, and a lot of stuff gets shipped off to data-recovery contractors," said Jonathan Zdziarski, an independent iPhone forensics researcher.

He said the most straightforward possibility is that the FBI described the problem to a variety of contractors and one of them came forward with a proposed solution.

Other experts mentioned an Israeli company, Cellebrite Inc., that's a leader among several firms selling smartphone forensics services and software tools to U.S. police agencies. The programs can extract data from iPhones running older versions of Apple's operating system, but they have been stymied by the latest version, known as iOS 9. That's the version running on the San Bernardino iPhone.

Cellebrite hasn't announced any new product that works with iOS 9, but it's likely working on developing one, said Darren Hayes, a computer scientist and cybersecurity expert at Pace University in New York.

Cellebrite representatives couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday. The company did not respond to an email and phone message left at its U.S. offices in New Jersey.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/fbi-attackers-phone-possibly-accessible-apple-37831413

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Agence France-Presse: "Apple-FBI encryption showdown postponed, for now"

03/22/2016

Agence France-Presse: "Apple-FBI encryption showdown postponed, for now"

- Paris, Brussels and encryption -

Darren Hayes, a Pace University professor specializing in computer forensics, said the issues will be seen as more urgent in the wake of attacks last year in Paris and on Tuesday in Brussels.

"If we hear more about iPhones used in terrorist attacks, people may side with the government a little more," he said.

The question of access to encrypted devices will probably be dealt with in the legislative arena in the United States and elsewhere, Hayes added.

"This is not just a struggle in the US," he said. "It's a toss-up on whether the US or EU implements legislation first."

Read more: http://www.afp.com/en/news/apple-fbi-encryption-showdown-postponed-now

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Bankrate.com: "Watch a thief install a skimmer in 3 seconds"

03/18/2016

Bankrate.com: "Watch a thief install a skimmer in 3 seconds"

. . . Sophisticated skimming operations like this have become more common in recent years, says Darren Hayes, an assistant professor at Pace University who specializes in cybersecurity.

"It's big business," says Hayes. "For the organized criminal gangs that have traditionally been involved in burglary, car theft, sometimes even human trafficking or narcotics, skimming is one part of their portfolio of criminal activities."

Overlays make skimming easy

Part of the reason the man in the video is able to install the skimming device so quickly is that it's likely custom-made to fit that terminal, says Hayes.

"They can create them very easily," Hayes says. "Sometimes what they'll do is go to a machine that they want to target -- say it's a particular type of ATM -- they'll hack off the card reader and they'll make a mold of them."

Some thieves go so far as to use paint swatches to match the paint color exactly, he says.

The advent of 3-D printing has made the process of overlay manufacturing even easier, Hayes says. And those without the skills to manufacture the devices can also easily find them for sale online.

However they get them, a high-quality overlay on a debit-card point-of-sale terminal can be almost impossible for a victim to spot, he says.


 

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Schools Chancellor Discusses Challenges of Educating 1.1 Million Students During Appearance at Pace University’s InsideTrack

03/17/2016

Schools Chancellor Discusses Challenges of Educating 1.1 Million Students During Appearance at Pace University’s InsideTrack

Pace alumna talks with President Stephen J. Friedman about innovation, teaching as a growth industry, and the future of New York City’s schools

New York, NY – March 17, 2016 -- As part of the university's InsideTrack speaker series, President Stephen J. Friedman and Pace University’s School of Education hosted Carmen Fariña, New York City Schools Chancellor for a discussion on the state of education. The event was held in Pace’s Schimmel Center at the University’s Lower Manhattan campus.

The evening offered a behind-the-scenes look at running the nation’s largest and most diverse school system. Chancellor Fariña discussed the ever changing state of education in New York and beyond, and examined what she feels some of the most important issues facing parents, students, and educators are today.

“There are probably very few people with more opportunity to shape the long-term future of New York City than Chancellor Fariña,” said Pace President Stephen J. Friedman. “That is because in today’s world, a great city is a platform for testing new ideas and new ways of doing things. And the critical players in that process are the men and women whom that city attracts and educates.”

“I feel that people have to be treated with dignity so they can do the best work possible,” Carmen Fariña said when asked about her most important objectives upon being appointed Chancellor. “First and foremost was to bring dignity back into the profession.” 

In her InsideTrack conversation, Fariña discussed her priorities and decisions related to key issues such as charter schools, Common Core, class size, teacher evaluations, and technology that will impact the City for years to come. She shared her experience for inspiring others and advocating for change in the New York City school system.

As Chancellor, Carmen Fariña has extended pre-kindergarten education to more than 68,000 four-year olds. She has also expanded the Community School model to provide more wrap-around services to students and families, and launched the Framework for Great Schools, a holistic, research-based approach to school improvement.

Under her leadership, the number of struggling city schools being reviewed for state takeover fell from 91 in 2015 to 27 in 2016.

Chancellor Fariña also discussed the challenges posed by a looming teacher shortage, but noted a silver lining for aspiring educators. With accelerated changes taking place in technology, how children are educated and other areas, the Chancellor sees teaching as a growth industry with an increasing demand for those specializing in pre-K, math, science, tech, language/ESL, the arts, and special needs education.

Fariña, who holds a master's degree in Administration and Supervision from Pace, has spent half a century in the field of education -- dedicating her life to providing quality education to all children. The Chancellor oversees the education of more than one million students in New York City, the nation’s largest school district.

Carmen Fariña grew up in Brooklyn, raised by parents who left Spain during the Spanish Civil War. As the first person in her family to attend college, she earned multiple degrees from New York area schools, including Pace University.

InsideTrack with President Stephen J. Friedman brings renowned thought leaders and policymakers to Pace for captivating discussions on topics that affect the greater New York community.

About Pace University: Pace University is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law and College of Health Professions. http://www.pace.edu

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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New York Times: "After Rough Campaign, Many Rubio Backers Will Stay Home"

03/16/2016

New York Times: "After Rough Campaign, Many Rubio Backers Will Stay Home"

“What Marco Rubio's supporters will do now that he has exited the Republican primary, is a complicated question,” writes Jessica Lavariega-Monforti, Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Political Science at Pace University, in the New York Times Room for Debate. “Some will move to support Donald Trump, as many people want to back a winner and many see his nomination as inevitable. But the majority will not."

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2016/03/15/can-rubios-exit-stop-trump/after-rough-campaign-many-rubio-backers-will-stay-home

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