CyberStorm: Depth of the Threat
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.
Jeffrey W. Brown, Chief Information Security Officer, AIG Life & Retirement
Tom Glocer, Executive Chair & Co-Founder, BlueVoyant LLC and Capitolis Inc
Chris Hetner, Senior Cybersecurity Advisor to the Chairman, US Securities and Exchange Commission
Marios Damianides, Partner, Northeast Region Cybersecurity Leader, EY
Maurice DiMeo, Partner, Client Technology Leader, EY
Dan Ennis, Global Head of Advanced Threat Intelligence, BlueVoyant
Suresh Kumar, Digital Leader, Board Member, Investor, Speaker
Paul Lewis, VP of Risk Management and Cybersecurity, T&M Protection Resources, LLC
Kenny Li, Principal, Chief Technology Officer, Citrin Cooperman
Kari Rollins, Partner, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Nick Selby, NYPD Director of Cyber Intelligence and Investigations
Derek Vadala, Managing Director, Chief Information Security Officer Moody’s Corporation
Barney Margolis, Global Head of Internal Audit, Cantor Fitzgerald
Venkata Ramdas Avasarala, CISSP, CISA Head of Cyber Security Sales, North America, TATA Consultancy Services
Harley, Cyber Dog, New York City Police Department