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Press Release: Pace University’s Second Annual CyberStorm Conference Uncovers Major Threats and Opportunities in Cybersecurity

10/11/2018

Press Release: Pace University’s Second Annual CyberStorm Conference Uncovers Major Threats and Opportunities in Cybersecurity

Among Distinguished Speakers were Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and NYS Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Roger Parrino

New York (October 11, 2018)— Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems brought together leaders from the private and public sectors to tackle some of the biggest issues facing cybersecurity on October 11th. The event, called “Cyberstorm 2.0: The Depth of the Threat,” is in its second year. This past year, data breaches have touched U.S. power grids, universities, banks, airlines, credit agencies and even the most seemingly impregnable systems.

Dean of Pace’s Seidenberg School, Jonathan H. Hill, DPS, said some of the biggest threats facing digital security today include organization, sophistication, and technical skills. “Hackers today are often part of organized crime groups or nation-state actors. In both cases, they’re well-funded, disciplined, and trained to exploit systems vulnerabilities. Their hacking activities have increased in sophistication and they are still able to surprise even the most erudite computer users. We are preparing our students to out-skill and out-think them.”

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson and Roger L. Parrino Sr., Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) delivered the keynote address this year. “Whether it is our elections infrastructure, businesses, social media platforms, or your home computer, it is imperative that government, higher learning institutions, and the private sector work together to protect against nefarious cyber intrusion,” said Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Roger Parrino, Sr. “This conference, hosted by Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, a leader and innovator in the field of cyber security research and education, is crucial to ensuring we prepare the next generation of cyber leaders to keep us safe,” he added.

“I am very pleased to see so many Pace students and faculty interested in cybersecurity.  This must be a national priority,” said Secretary Johnson.

Students in the computer science programs at Pace University are being equipped with the techniques used to protect vulnerable data: “Application level encryption, which is essentially protecting data within the app so you can use your phone on the train or in the airport and have some peace of mind that it’s not being picked up by people who could copy your data or password or other personally identifiable information,” said Hill. Privacy management tools are being developed to keep information safe.  

​Looking towards the future, Hill said that it is prudent to stay one step ahead of the threats: “Hacking methods adapt in the face of new technological barriers. We train our students to think like a hacker and anticipate the workarounds that hackers may develop to subvert the latest security tools.”

The event is part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Hill said that while cyberattacks are inevitable, this type of event will give attendees the inside scoop on how to thwart attacks: “It’s this knowledge that gives us a deeper understanding of what the hackers are doing and allows us to develop tools and techniques that anticipate the hackers’ next move.“

Among the panelists were members of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the NYPD, A.I.G., Moody’s Corporation and other business leaders.

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 millennialswww.pace.edu.

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Thirteenth Annual Pace Pitch Contest Presented by The Entrepreneurship Lab at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business

04/18/2017

Student entrepreneurs to deliver new business concept presentations to a distinguished panel of judges

New York, NY -- April 18, 2017 – Pace University’s Lubin School of Business will hold its thirteenth annual Pitch Contest on Thursday, April 20, at the University’s lower Manhattan campus, east of City Hall and six blocks from Wall Street. The event is presented by Lubin’s state-of-the-art Entrepreneurship Lab (eLab).

WHAT: The Pace Pitch Contest is based on the “elevator pitch” concept popular in the venture capital community. It is an extremely concise presentation of an entrepreneur’s idea, business model, marketing strategy, competitive analysis, and financial plan, which is delivered to potential investors. The premise is the presentation could be made in a few minutes should the entrepreneur spot a potential investor on an elevator and have the opportunity to pitch his or her idea during the brief ride.

WHO: Eight finalists have been selected to compete in the Pace Pitch Contest:

Atmosphere is a VR mobile application that will be used to improve the health and care of the elderly.

Fitness Dynasty is a subscription-based fitness club that serves its customers by allowing them to attend four different gyms and experience different workouts at each one.

GuideU is a website that serves as an on-demand platform that connects students within the same university for tutoring purposes.

LookAt U is an app that targets women and men who care about their daily outfits or have various dress codes for different occasions.

Minute Mantra is the health and wellness brand that helps enable mindfulness, providing a full suite of experiences to expand, clarify, and inspire people to become their best selves.

TouchDonation is a donation app where users can search for different organizations and donate to them with the touch of a button.

VAICAM Pi is bundled as an Android mobile app, a Google Cardboard Virtual Reality (VR) headset, and a Raspberry Pi 3 equipped with a 360 camera, and Artificial Intelligence to function as an elderly person’s own artificially intelligent security camera.

VR Discover, an app for IOS and Android, utilizes virtual reality to stimulate cognitive function, provide entertainment, and relieve restlessness stemming from sundowning for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Each finalist will have exactly three minutes to pitch his or her new venture idea to a distinguished panel of judges. Panelists include Darius Daftary, Director of Product Engineering, Artivest; Jessica Walker, President and CEO, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce; and Sarah Leshner Carvalho, Head, LatAm Credit Research, Barclays Capital.

Keynote speaker Stan Spiegelman, Vice President, GFI Development, will present an overview of the project management effort he led in the development of The Beekman, located next to Pace’s campus in lower Manhattan.

WHEN and WHERE: Thursday, April 20, at One Pace Plaza, Bianco Room, New York City campus, from 5.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Agenda:

5:30 - 6:00 Registration and Networking

6:00 - 6:30 Welcome and Keynote Address

6:30 - 7:15 Finalists make their Pitch

7:15 - 7:30 Break (Judging Panel selects the winning pitches in private)

7:30 - 8:30 Awards Ceremony and Networking

More information or to register to attend.

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. Lubin School of Business website

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

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Pace University student Taslim Tavarez Garcia named a 2017 Truman Scholar, one of 62 outstanding young people selected nationwide

04/12/2017

Pace University student Taslim Tavarez Garcia named a 2017 Truman Scholar, one of 62 outstanding young people selected nationwide

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Taslim Tavarez Garcia receives a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programming to help prepare for a career in public service leadership

NEW YORK, NY, April 12, 2017– Taslim Tavarez Garcia, a junior at Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, has just been selected as a 2017 Truman Scholar. She is one of just 62 students selected to receive the award this year.

"We congratulate Taslim Tavarez Garcia on this extraordinary honor and achievement.” said Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman. “A former recipient of the Jeanette K. Watson Fellowship and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Taslim has distinguished herself as a striver who consistently embraces challenge. Her energy, enthusiasm, and record of success are an inspiration to all and Pace is proud to have her as a student.”

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was created by Congress in 1975 to be the nation’s living memorial to President Harry S. Truman. The Foundation has a mission to select and support the next generation of public service leaders. The Truman award has become one of the most prestigious national scholarships in the United States.

Recipients of the Truman Scholarship receive a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programming to help prepare them for careers in public service leadership.

Annually, candidates for the Truman Scholarship go through a rigorous, multi-stage selection process. In 2017, there were 768 candidates for the award nominated by 315 colleges and universities, a record number of institutions. The 199 finalists for the award were interviewed in March and early April at one of sixteen regional selection panels. Sixty-two new Truman Scholars were selected in 2017. They will receive their awards in a ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

“I would like to go to law school and become an immigration attorney and return to south Florida to start my own non-profit and provide affordable legal services to help undocumented immigrants,” Taslim Tavarez Garcia said of her ultimate goal. “It’s about really trying to help them overcome the barriers that prevent them from becoming residents or citizens.”

A first-generation immigrant from the Dominican Republic, Taslim studies political science and peace and justice studies at Pace University. She has established a student organization called ABRIR (which means “to open” in Spanish; Advocates Bring Resources to Immigrant & Refugees) that hosts college application workshops to undocumented students. She interns at the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, and she volunteers and recruits Pace students to volunteer for the office’s “We Are New York” program, which helps immigrant New Yorkers practice English through volunteer-led conversation groups. Through the help of the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, Taslim has also interned at the Institute of International Education and 100 Resilient Cities. She hopes to continue to advocate for immigrant rights and reform through non-profit work.

Pace University is shaped by its enduring traditions of opportunity and innovation. More than 100 years after its founding, Pace continues its commitment to providing access to a diverse population while innovating to meet the needs of the global economy. A January 2017 study ranked Pace first in New York—and second in the nation—at catapulting students from the bottom fifth of income distribution into the top fifth. The Equality of Opportunity Project study also found that Pace graduates are out-earning their parents and peers, bucking a nationwide trend for millennials.

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 ranks Pace University first in New York—and second in the nation—for Economic Mobility based on students who enter college at the bottom fifth of the income distribution and end up in the top fifth. www.pace.edu.

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

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News Release: Pace University Poll Shows 69% of Americans Believe Technology-Based Terrorist Threat Likely Within 3-5 Years"

10/28/2016

News Release: Pace University Poll Shows 69% of Americans Believe Technology-Based Terrorist Threat Likely Within 3-5 Years"

Pace University Poll Shows 69% of Americans Believe Technology-Based Terrorist Threat Likely Within 3-5 Years

Poll Results Released at Pace University InsideTrack Conversation with Former NSA Senior Counsel and Inspector General  Joel F. Brenner

NEW YORK – Pace University announced today the results of a new poll showing that 69% of Americans believe a technology-based terrorist threat is likely to occur within the next 3-5 years. The poll shows that fear of these kinds of cyber-threats increases with age, reflecting a potential generational divide in how technology is understood and experienced. The results of this poll were released as part of Pace University’s InsideTrack series during a conversation between Joel F. Brenner, the former Inspector General and Senior Counsel at the National Security Agency, and Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman.

“We live in extraordinary times. Just last weekend a cyberattack cut millions of Americans off from the internet. And throughout the presidential election cycle hacked emails have been released in an attempt to influence America’s most fundamental and democratic process,” said Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman. “We are ever-more reliant on technology and our vulnerability to cyber criminals and cyber-attacks increases in tandem.”

“There is no electronic system that cannot be hacked,” said Joel F. Brenner, former Inspector General and Senior Counsel at the National Security Agency.

At this morning’s conversation, Brenner and Friedman discussed the security of federal government and state communications, the recent Distributed Denial-of-Service Attack and vulnerabilities that individuals and companies face from cyber-attacks, among other topics.

The Pace University poll surveyed 850 Americans, with results that highlight a clear generational difference in how people perceive cyber threats. Only 58% of participants under 30 believed that a technology-based terrorist threat was imminent, while 85% of participants over 60 felt the same way. Men are also more likely to fear these kinds of cyber-attacks, with 76% responding yes, compared with only 61% of women.

In addition to his years of service at the NSA, Joel F. Brenner is also the bestselling author of two books on cybercrime and espionage in America, Glass Houses and America the Vulnerable.

Complete poll results can be accessed and a comprehensive report containing poll results and analysis can be downloaded at www.pace.edu/news

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high-quality education for the professions with a firm base in liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York Metropolitan Area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, enrolling almost 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its College of Health Professions, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

To view analysis and polls click here:

Pace University Poll on Technology-Based Terrorism (PDF)
Pace University Poll on Technology-Based Terrorist Threats: Comprehensive Results (PDF)

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PACE UNIVERSITY RANKED MOST UNDERRATED COLLEGE IN AMERICA

11/03/2015

PACE UNIVERSITY RANKED MOST UNDERRATED COLLEGE IN AMERICA

Experiential Learning and Future Earning Potential Cited as Strengths of Pace Education

NEW YORK -- November 3, 2015 – Pace University has been ranked the nation’s most underrated college on Business Insider’s just-released ranking of the 50 Most Underrated Colleges in America. The report highlighted the strength of Pace’s experiential learning program and its median mid-career salary.

“Pace University offers a world-class education that combines classroom instruction with real-world experiences,” said Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman. “We have an entrepreneurial approach to our programs, and we evolve as the needs of employers change with a strong focus on outcomes. As the value proposition of higher education is debated on a national level, we are uniquely preparing our students to succeed – and as the salary data shows, it’s working.”

In determining the rankings, Business Insider considered two factors: reputation and future earnings. The survey noted that Pace students “gain hands-on experience in their fields through internships, practicums and fieldwork.” Students’ academic experiences are enhanced by the opportunity to apply classroom learning in a pre-professional work environment, leveraging the University’s strong relationships with national and local employers in business, government, healthcare, nonprofit, technology and other sectors.

The median mid-career salary of Pace students, $95,200, was another factor in determining its ranking. Through individual counseling, seminars, career development workshops, career fairs and collaborative programs with faculty, alumni and employers, Pace students gain the tools to make career decisions, connect with employment opportunities and build their future earning potential.

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. https://www.pace.edu.

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Ambassadors Macharia Kamau of Kenya and Csaba Kőrösi of Hungary receive Elizabeth Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy from Pace Law School and International Council of Environmental Law

07/29/2015

Ambassadors Macharia Kamau of Kenya and Csaba Kőrösi of Hungary receive Elizabeth Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy from Pace Law School and International Council of Environmental Law

New York, NY -- July 28, 2015 -- In recognition of their exemplary leadership in drafting the United Nations’ “Sustainable Development Goals,” Pace University School of Law and the International Council of Environmental Law conferred upon Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya and Ambassador Csaba Kőrösi of Hungary the 2014 Elizabeth Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy on July 28 at the University Club in New York City.  Pace provost Uday Sukhatme presided at the awards ceremony, which was attended by the diplomatic corps.

Christian and Liliane Haub, continuing their family’s ardent support for the development of environmental law, were in attendance to confer the solid gold medals on the ambassadors, and Pace Law School dean David Yassky conferred the diplomas certifying their accomplishments.

“Ambassador Macharia Kamau and Ambassador Csaba Kőrösi are rightfully being honoured for their extraordinary service in helping to establish a set of visionary sustainable development goals,” said Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations. “Without their tireless efforts we would not be where we are today. 

The Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy recognizes extraordinary ambassadorial achievements in shaping international law for environmentally sustainable development. This year’s award recognizes that, for the first time, the objectives of the United Nations’ efforts towards socio-economic development cover equally developed and developing countries while fully integrating the environment into development. As all nations confront problems such as water shortage, severe natural disasters, loss of biodiversity, and pollution, the goals frame integrated ways to tackle many problems at the same time. With acumen and patience, as co-facilitators of the UN General Assembly’s negotiations, Ambassadors Kamau and Kőrösi achieved unprecedented agreement by nations on a new agenda for environmentally sustainable development. These goals are to be confirmed at a UN Summit Meeting to be held in September, 2015.

The Elizabeth Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy is the premier international recognition for extraordinary diplomatic achievements in shaping international environmental law and policy for sustainable development. The award was establishment upon the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the UN Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment as well as the 5th anniversary of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Since 1999, the award has recognized “particular practical accomplishment in a specific instance or a new idea or diplomatic initiative, leading to progress in the field of international law and policy.” Key diplomatic accomplishments have been honored in such sectors as desertification, biodiversity, small island developing states, forests, mountains, climate change, energy, and oceans. 

Pace University and the International Council of Environmental Law established the award in memory of the distinguished German environmentalist Elizabeth Haub, a philanthropist devoted to the sound stewardship of nature and natural resources. Born in Germany in 1889, Elizabeth advocated for laws to conserve nature in the Federal Republic of Germany and internationally. Her family enterprises, including Tengelmann Group, supported her belief that laws should conserve the Earth’s resources.  In 1968, she initiated the establishment of a German foundation to support efforts towards the development and implementation of environmental law and policy. Today, the Elizabeth Haub Foundation for Environmental Law and Policy continues to provide assistance for projects vital to the development of international environmental law and policy, including promoting formative agreements such as the African Convention on Environment and Development, the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species, the Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears, the Convention on Conservation of Nature in the South Pacific, and the Convention on Migratory Species.

Expanding on her legacy, Elizabeth Haub’s children and grandchildren have continued her philanthropic work.  In 1973, Erivan and Helga Haub, her son and daughter-in-law, established the Elizabeth Haub Prize in Environmental Law, which Stockholm University now confers. Helga Haub also led the establishment of additional Elizabeth Haub Foundations in Canada and the United States. Working in close-collaboration, the foundations have primarily supported the work of the International Council of Environmental Law and the Environmental Law Programme of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. The combined resources of these organizations have continued to contribute to the development, negotiation and fulfillment of many important environmental agreements including the Antarctic Protocol, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nations World Charter for Nature, and the Draft International Covenant on Environment and Development. Pace University bestowed honorary doctorates on Erivan and Helga Haub in 2014.

The Elizabeth Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy is conferred on recommendation of an international jury. The jury invites nominations to be sent to The Secretary of the Jury, Elizabeth Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy, Pace University School of Law, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY, 10603. Each award consists of a solid gold medal and a diploma. Past laureates appear on a permanent scroll of honor at Pace Law School, and their names also are honored online; and www.elizabeth_haub.com).

Contact: Joan Gaylord, Media Relations, (914) 422-4389, JGaylord@law.pace.edu.

Secretary-General's remarks at ceremony honouring the recipients of the Elizabeth Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy [as prepared for delivery]:

http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=8865

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