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Press Release: Pace University to Host its Annual Cybersecurity Conference


Press Release: Pace University to Host its Annual Cybersecurity Conference

Former Navy Cyber Director Danelle Barrett to Keynote

WESTCHESTER AND NEW YORK – (October 22, 2020) — Pace University, in partnership with Cyber Intelligence 4U, is holding its annual Cybersecurity Conference on Thursday, October 29, 2020. The full day event, in its fourth year, will be held virtually and is open to the public.

The keynote speaker is Former Rear Admiral and Cyber Director for the U.S. Navy Danelle Barrett, a respected industry leader and innovator. Rear Admiral Barrett was responsible for the Navy’s cybersecurity strategy, its policies, and information technology architectures supporting global missions involving 279 ships, 3,700 aircraft, 93 submarines, and hundreds of locations with shore critical infrastructure around the world. In her role, she also provided critical advocacy and strategic advice for a $150 billion information technology and portfolio investment.

The conference includes panels and sessions on operational risk, cyber maturity, risk and regulation, and ransomware strategy, among many other discussions led by industry professional and Seidenberg faculty. There will also be breakout sessions on women in cyber, cyber insurance, analytics, financial regulations and vendor cyber risk management. View the full schedule.

“Pace University has become a powerhouse of cybersecurity education and research,” said Jonathan Hill, dean of Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. “It has a robust lineup of faculty from business and academic backgrounds specializing in this critical field – as well as a new master’s degree in cybersecurity that launched in fall 2020. This year’s Cybersecurity Conference is an excellent opportunity for industry professionals to get to know Pace and our partners at Cyber Intelligence 4U.”

Pace University and Cyber Intelligence 4U recently partnered to offer a new set of cybersecurity certificate programs taught by industry professionals.

 “Pace University and CIU are committed to delivering the best cyber certificate programs that focus on market driven needs,” said Ariel Evans, CEO of Cyber Intelligence 4U. “Our programs provide hands on experience for students to pivot from IT into cybersecurity, risk, and privacy positions in a short period of time.”

The conference, which is taking place during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, comes just weeks after a team of programmers who met at Pace University won IBM’s prestigious Call for Code 2020 Challenge for their efforts in developing an app to help the world's small farmers cope with the environmental and business challenges of climate change. In winning the global competition, they received a $200,000 prize and continued support from IBM and the Linux Foundation.

Pace’s Cybersecurity Conference is ideal for students interested in pursuing a career in cyber or professionals looking for educational programming to increase the resiliency of their organization. Attendees are welcome to attend all day or any session that interests them. Participants are asked to register in advance.

“Cybersecurity is a growing field because of its importance for organizations in the digital era as well as the sophistication of knowledge and skills needed for cybersecurity professionals,” said Li-Chiou Chen, professor of Information Technology and director of the Cybersecurity Education and Research Lab at Pace University. “Cybersecurity education, including this conference, will help prepare students in acquiring not only the competencies to solve problems but also give them access to a large professional.”

Conference Schedule

9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction to Cybersecurity Offerings- Featuring Seidenberg Dean Jonathan Hill, DPS, and program chairperson Ariel Evans.

9:30 a.m.10:00 a.m.

What’s Your Cyber Maturity? Participants engage in an exciting discussion and poll related to cyber maturity with program chairperson Ariel Evans.

10:15 a.m.11:15 a.m.

IoT and Operational Risk Panel- This panel will explore how innovation is driving cyber risk and regulation. Topics will include risk quantification, IoT cyber risk, operational cyber risk, IoT regulation, and how to holistically understand innovative cyber risk. Featuring Fred Rica; Nikhil Aggarwal; Li-Chiou Chen, PhD; and Jennings Aske.

11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.

Ransomware Strategy-This session, led by Ariel Evans, will explore ransomware and how it is delivered, preventive measures, and creating a ransomware strategy. Ransomware and other attacks related to COVID-19 are up 30,000% from January to March, according to Zscaler. This includes phishing, malicious websites, and malware targeting remote users. Cybercriminals are being despicably opportunistic taking advantage of vulnerable companies as we have seen notable spikes in attacks that can be correlated to key days in the COVID-19 news cycle.

12:30 p.m.1:00 p.m.

Lunch offline

1:00 p.m.1:15 p.m.

Message from Pace University President, Marvin Krislov

1:15 p.m.2:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker and Q&A: Former Rear Admiral Danelle Barrett will speak about her 30 years of proven leadership expertise in digital transformation, innovative cybersecurity, telecommunications strategy development, and global operations. She has managed and built high performing teams, driving culture and enterprise-level change with focus and integrity.

2:45 p.m.4:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions- Participants are invited to participate in three breakout rooms to engage in conversation with their peers about a variety of topics. There are no requirements to join in any room. Each room will be hosted by a Pace Cyber Advisory Board Member. Each breakout session will be 30-minutes long.

The topics are as follows and three may be chosen during the registration process.

• Women in Cyber, hosted by Shira Rubinoff

• Cyber Insurance, hosted by Sean O'Rourke

• Cyber Analytics, hosted by Li-Chiou Chen, PhD

• Pen Testing and Tabletop Exercises, hosted by Matt Lagana

• Board Reporting, hosted by Ariel Evans

• Cyber Financial Regulation, hosted by Thomas Doheny

• Vendor Cyber Risk Management, hosted by Ken Rashbaum

4:30 p.m.5:00 p.m.

Virtual Pub Quiz- Guests get to show off their cybersecurity knowledge and learn about some lesser known pieces of cyber trivia in the process.

5:00 p.m.5:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks by Dean Jonathan Hill and Chairperson Ariel Evans

5:15 p.m.6:00 p.m.

About the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University

At Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, students experience the best of IT education at one of the first comprehensive schools of computing in the nation. Strategically located in the heart of NYC’s tech scene, the Seidenberg School places students on the doorstep of New York’s most promising companies, whether they are established tech giants or exciting new startups. Through partnerships with leading corporations, banks, federal agencies, and global entities, the School's curricula and programs are designed to give students the latest in computer science theory and invaluable hands-on practice to ground it. The faculty includes numerous cybersecurity experts who operate labs and centers providing students with practical experience and connections that lead to impressive internships and jobs.

About Pace University
Since 1906, Pace 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 Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project finds that Pace graduates are out-earning their parents and peers, bucking a nationwide trend for millennials.