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MarketWatch: "Why it’s a bad idea to write personal emails on a work server"

03/09/2015

MarketWatch: "Why it’s a bad idea to write personal emails on a work server"

. . . “As a forensics investigator, if there’s one thing that I can count on it’s finding email,” says Darren Hayes, director of cyber security and assistant professor at Pace University. “The U.S. Constitution protects individuals against abuses by the government,” Hayes says. “But there’s not a lot of protection of data collected on individuals.” Most U.S. privacy regulation is based on self-regulation, he says, where companies dictate their own policies on handling employee and customer privacy. In Europe, there are stricter government rules about collecting and using personal data; individuals must give their unambiguous consent, he says. There is one exception: “There can be challenges accessing a hard disk drive if a number of years have passed since a computer was last booted up,” Hayes says. “We are sometimes at the mercy of IT department and the retention policy for their email server.”

Read more: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-your-emails-may-be-easier-to-find-than-hillary-clintons-2015-03-03

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Students learn programming, fight disease in app contest"

03/03/2015

Westchester County Business Journal: "Students learn programming, fight disease in app contest"

For the next two months, Westchester and Fairfield county students participating in a new mobile app competition will code for good.

Teams of students will build mobile apps for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in the Westchester Smart Mobile App Development Bowl, created by Westchester County government and Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. The David and Minnie Berk Foundation also provided funding for the competition, which was announced in January by Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino as one of five economic development initiatives planned for the county this year.

Read more: http://westfaironline.com/69591/students-learn-programming-fight-disease-in-app-contest/
 

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ACCA USA and Pace University Lubin School of Business Launch First ACCA Accreditation Program at a U.S.-Based Higher Education Institution

02/26/2015

ACCA USA and Pace University Lubin School of Business Launch First ACCA Accreditation Program at a U.S.-Based Higher Education Institution

(New York, N.Y.)  – ACCA USA (the US arm of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and Pace University today announced a landmark partnership linking ACCA’s globally recognized qualification program to both graduate and undergraduate coursework at the New York-based higher education institution, with campuses in the heart of New York City and suburban Westchester.

Starting this fall, both graduate and undergraduate students in Pace University’s Lubin School of Business’s Department of Accounting will be able to complete coursework that will qualify them for specific exemptions from ACCA’s 14 exams; the exemptions will initially include four for graduate courses and five for undergraduate courses.  A student who successfully graduates from Pace’s rigorous program will automatically receive exemptions for those specific exams and be able to use them towards the completion of the ACCA qualification. 

“Pace and ACCA USA share common and strong interests in education and the sustainable development of the accounting profession, regionally and internationally,” said Neil Braun, Dean, Lubin School of Business at Pace University, “in particular concerning the maintenance and promotion of professional, educational and ethical standards, the opportunity for individuals of ability to pursue globally relevant qualifications to enhance their career prospects and ultimately to maintain and develop the profession and the wider economy.”

“ACCA offers business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management,” said Warner Johnston, Head of ACCA USA. “Across the globe, ACCA has forged partnerships with higher education institutions to educate and train some of the best and brightest accounting professionals. This new partnership ushers in a new era in the United States and we are proud to partner with Pace University’s exceptional Lubin School of Business.”

The program is expected to attract a healthy number of international students interested in obtaining both a degree while working towards their ACCA qualification.  According to a recent ACCA survey, nearly three quarters of current ACCA students studying away from their home country would have been interested in studying ACCA in the United States had it been available when selecting their program.

Accreditation enables ACCA to award a specific level of exemption to graduates of an educational program following a full assessment of the program’s regulations, syllabus and assessments.  More details are available at www.accaglobal.com/USApartnerships.

Pace University already is an attractive institution for international students. For Fall 2014, 56% of all graduate accounting students were international. On the undergraduate side, 7% of all accounting students were international. With over 4,000 students, the Lubin School of Business has a large and diverse international student population with 972 students representing 84 nations.

ACCA USA welcomes Pace’s partnership and expects to announce additional accreditation initiatives with other higher education institutions in the United States in the near future.  Pace and ACCA USA have already laid a solid foundation for joint initiatives through shared research and two successful cybersecurity conferences in the past two years.

Globally, ACCA works with more than 600 higher education institutions through Exemption Accreditation to accredit their programs, including Oxford Brookes University in England, University of Sri Jayewardenepura in Sri Lanka, Amity University in India, and Edinburgh Business School in Scotland.

ACCA qualified accountants have leveraged their education to hold impressive careers and work for many leading global employers at the C-suite level in positions including Managing Partners, COOs, CFOs, Executive Directors and CEOs.  More than 35,000 ACCA members are employed by the Big 4 across the globe, with significant numbers in the USA, China and the U.K.

About ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. We support our 170,000 members and 436,000 students in 180 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. We work through a network of 92 offices and centers and more than 8,500 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through our public interest remit, we promote appropriate regulation of accounting and conduct relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence. www.accaglobal.com

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

About the Lubin School of Business

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

Contacts:

ACCA: Jeff Simmons, jeff@anatgerstein.com, 917-673-0024

Pace: Barbara Rose Aglietti, baglietti@pace.edu, 212-618-6575

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CPA Journal: "Audits at the Crossroads"

02/24/2015

CPA Journal: "Audits at the Crossroads"

On January 12, 2015, The CPA Journal sponsored a symposium featuring three of the profession’s foremost thought leaders, who discussed the state of the auditing profession— specifically, the rationale behind the PCAOB’s current initiatives, recent PCAOB inspection and peer review findings, and developments in financial reporting and auditor communications. The panelists were Gregory J. Jonas, director of the Office of Research & Analysis at the PCAOB; Rita Piazza, a director in the Professional Practice Group at Marks Paneth LLP; and Cynthia M. Fornelli, executive director for the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ). The panel was moderated by Leslie F. Seidman, executive director of the Center for Excellence in Financial Reporting at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University and former chair of FASB.

Read more: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f1f0b5ef#/f1f0b5ef/22

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Agence France-Presse: "Stolen SIM card keys could be powerful spy tool"

02/24/2015

Agence France-Presse: "Stolen SIM card keys could be powerful spy tool"

. . . the report leaves many questions unanswered, and some experts were cautious about jumping to conclusions about the documents.

"One of the reasons I'm skeptical is that different governments have been using other methods to grab communications and wireless data which are unsecured to begin with," said Darren Hayes, director of cybersecurity at Pace University's School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

"I'm not sure that the US or UK governments would use hackers in the same way that the Chinese or Russians are doing."

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-stolen-sim-card-keys-could-be-powerful-spy-tool-2015-2#ixzz3SfhIaafO

 

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Homeland Security Today: "Months Later, Hackers Still Inside State Department’s Network"

02/24/2015

Homeland Security Today: "Months Later, Hackers Still Inside State Department’s Network"

. . . “Given the size and complexity of the State Department, the task at hand becomes even more challenging,” said Darren Hayes, a leading expert in computer forensics and security who has been a consultant on legal cases involving digital evidence. Hayes is assistant professor and director of cybersecurity at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York.

“Many successful breaches today are initiated by an employee clicking on a link in an email. Think about how difficult it must be to prevent employees doing this in an organization with thousands of workers,” Hayes said, adding, “The use of unofficial hacker groups by the Russian government is nothing new, and cyber warfare is often the weapon of choice. It is perhaps no coincidence that this breach occurred when US-Russian relations are at an all-time low with broader sanctions looming.”

“When an organization is hacked -- especially by a more sophisticated state-sponsored group -- it is problematic to determine when their network was breached and the scope of that breach. Moreover, it may take months for an organization to purge themselves of that compromise,” Hayes explained.

Read more: http://www.hstoday.us/briefings/daily-news-analysis/single-article/months-later-hackers-still-inside-state-departments-network/0de8002346bb5d66d19d1fb37edf7e3b.html

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Miami Herald: "One month after mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor, demonstrators demand answers"

02/20/2015

Miami Herald: "One month after mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor, demonstrators demand answers"

. . . Most analysts believe that the slow gears of justice won’t catch Fernández before she leaves office, but having the scandal hovering over the presidential race will drag down her party, said Daniel Greenberg, the Director of Latin America Studies at PACE University in New York. That may tempt some in her movement to throw her under the bus and expedite her exit from office, he said.

“I think the reason is because Argentina’s world reputation is very much at play here,” he said. “There are bigger things involved than the right to continue in office until the end of her term.”

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/article10636985.html

 

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Crain's New York Business: "Preparing for the return of the dealmakers"

02/19/2015

Crain's New York Business: "Preparing for the return of the dealmakers"

. . . "The recovery of M&A is important to the city. It's usually accompanied by a rising stock market and improving economy," said Bruce Bachenheimer, a professor of management with the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. "When the bankers make this kind of money, a lot of it gets recycled into the New York City economy."

Read more: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20150217/FINANCE/302159998/bankers-lawyers-ready-for-the-return-of-the-dealmakers

 

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Computerworld: "DHS cybersecurity staff won’t get paid during shutdown"

02/18/2015

Computerworld: "DHS cybersecurity staff won’t get paid during shutdown"

. . . "I think it's pretty alarming," said Darren Hayes, director of cybersecurity at Pace University's Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems."The biggest threats are cyber threats today."

The government shut down from Oct. 1-16, 2013 after Congress reached a budget impasse. Many government employees, however, worked without pay during that period.

Something to consider is the "unquantifiable psychological impact" that has on employees, said Hayes.

We need to keep people "motivated and passionate about what they do," said Hayes, "and any kind of sequester is going to have a negative impact into how much effort is put into protecting this country from a cyber-perspective,."

One area that may be particularly hard hit is the U.S. Secret Service, which is key in tracking a lot of financial fraud that occurs. "So having any cutback there will cause, perhaps, businesses to lose money," said Hayes.

Read more: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2885452/dhs-cybersecurity-staff-wont-get-paid-during-shutdown.html

 

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Playbill: "Recapping Last Night's Parade: 'One of the High Points of My Entire Existence,' Says Jason Robert Brown"

02/18/2015

Playbill: "Recapping Last Night's Parade: 'One of the High Points of My Entire Existence,' Says Jason Robert Brown"

. . . Charlie Franklin, a recent graduate of the city's Pace University (who obtained his degree three days after closing his Broadway debut in Brown's Bridges of Madison County), took the stage solo as the Young Soldier transporting audiences to 1913 Atlanta, GA. The newcomer — riding high since graduation, having been cast in The Book of Mormon following Bridges — is, easily, one of the best undiscovered voices in musical theatre.

Read more: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/recapping-last-nights-parade-one-of...

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