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News12 featured Seidenberg Professor Isaac Vaghefi in "What does banning Tik Tok mean?"

09/22/2020

News12 featured Seidenberg Professor Isaac Vaghefi in "What does banning Tik Tok mean?"

 What does President Trump's controversial decision to ban downloads of TikTok mean?

Pace University professor Isaac Vaghefi says on the one hand, it's priceless, free advertising for TikTok that will likely make it even more popular.

On the other hand, this type of intrusion into the marketplace could hurt the U.S. economy down the road with startups more wary of coming to America. "If I'm a decisionmaker in a company not based in the U.S., and I see this decision, I certainly am gonna have to re-think my decision," says Vaghefi.

There's a lot of concern about protecting your personal information with TikTok because of its links to the Chinese government. However, Vaghefi does point out he doesn't believe TikTok poses any more of a threat than any other social media site.

Watch the News12 interview.

Watch the interview in its entirety, which the news anchor posted on FB.

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Mid Hudson News featured Pace Alumna and Seidenberg Professor Helen Adesuwa Uzamere in "Intercontinental expert tapped as commissioner for Mount Vernon"

09/18/2020

Mid Hudson News featured Pace Alumna and Seidenberg Professor Helen Adesuwa Uzamere in "Intercontinental expert tapped as commissioner for Mount Vernon"

On Monday, Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard swore in Dr. Helen Adesuwa Uzamere, DPS, PMP, PMI-ACP, MSCE, ITIL. as the new Commissioner of Management Services. Dr. Uzamere is a technology leader, certified project manager, author, and educator with over 25 years of experience on three continents (Africa, Europe, and North America).

Born in London, England, and raised in Nigeria, her work spans government, non-profit, academia, and corporate sectors where she worked for companies such as Hewlett Packard and IBM. She obtained her Doctorate in Computing and Masters in Information Systems from Pace University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Computing and Artificial Intelligence from London South Bank University, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Statistics from the University of Benin, Nigeria.

Dr. Uzamere holds numerous industry certifications from Microsoft, CompTIA, IBM, and PMI. She has led various technology departments, and her previous roles include Director of Information Technology at New York City Criminal Justice Agency and Head of Information and Communications Technology at London East Connexions Partnership in London.

Uzamere’s career in technology began in the early ’90s as a technical instructor with IBM helping network engineers attain technical certifications in server and network operating systems. Dr. Uzamere is also a professor at Pace University and Westchester Community College, where she teaches a variety of technical and Project Management courses. Dr. Uzamere is a sought-after speaker and has delivered numerous talks and training to international organizations, including fortune 100 companies. She is an Agilist with expertise in using agile techniques to solve problems and increase customer satisfaction.

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Military Families.com featured Pace University 2019 graduate Bonita Rodriguez in "Pace University alumna named Student Veteran of the Year"

08/19/2020

Military Families.com featured Pace University 2019 graduate Bonita Rodriguez in "Pace University alumna named Student Veteran of the Year"

Bonita Rodriguez, a 2019 graduate of Pace University, received the organization’s award because of her dedication to helping other student veterans in their transition. SVA is a coalition of student-veteran groups on college campuses across the globe, with 1,500+ chapters representing 750,000+ student veterans.

Rodriguez was working as an administration specialist in the Marine Corps when she decided to pursue college. But her reasons for this pursuit went beyond bettering herself. As a child she saw her parents, Mexican immigrants, work hard with little to show for it.

“They didn’t have many opportunities and seeing them work their butts off gave me the motivation to want to do more and show them what their hard work has provided for me,” she said.

As the first in her family to go to college, Rodriguez says she wanted to set an example.

“I have younger siblings and I want them to know there’s more out there in the world, and as long as you keep pushing yourself there are no limits.”

But the gap in school after completing high school left her feeling intimidated. Rodriguez, however, received an unexpected push from her master gunnery sergeant. He took time with her to make sure she researched information and would be set to reach higher when she left the military.

“He basically forced me to look up colleges and took his time to help Marines transition from active duty. To see someone so high up make time in their day to check on me and make sure I have a plan was really inspiring,” Rodriguez said.

So, she began her hunt.

Last year, Rodriguez graduated from Pace University with a degree in Information Technology. The process wasn’t easy but it was the intentionality of the military supportive programs the school offered that helped her process.

Read the full Military Families.com article.

 

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Reader's Digest featured Director of Cybersecurity and Assistant Professor Dr. Darren Hayes in "The Dangers of TikTok That Are Worth Your Attention"

08/18/2020

Reader's Digest featured Director of Cybersecurity and Assistant Professor Dr. Darren Hayes in "The Dangers of TikTok That Are Worth Your Attention"

Dr. Darren Hayes, Director of Cybersecurity and Assistant Professor at Pace University details the way that “the app uses permissions that allow the app developer (ByteDance) system access on the device. We are particularly concerned about the extraordinary amount of personal data being collected, about the user, in plaintext…the app stores user data in an unencrypted format on the device.”​

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Journal of Cyber Policy featured Seidenberg Professor Darren Hayes in "PUTTING LAFFAIRE TIKTOK INTO THE PROPER NATIONAL SECURITY CONTEXT"

08/10/2020

Journal of Cyber Policy featured Seidenberg Professor Darren Hayes in "PUTTING LAFFAIRE TIKTOK INTO THE PROPER NATIONAL SECURITY CONTEXT"

Research at Pace University’s Digital Forensics Research Lab bears out this concern. After studying TikTok, Professor Darren Hayes determined that the app tracks the user’s locations and can potentially pull in contacts and private social media relationships or even manipulate system files. The user’s personal information, including chat logs, are available in plaintext—an apparent error in the program’s design but more likely a deliberate technique to steal private conversations.

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News12 featured Seidenberg Dean Dr. Jonathan Hill in "Experts: Twitter security breach undermines trust ahead of election"

07/17/2020

News12 featured Seidenberg Dean Dr. Jonathan Hill in "Experts: Twitter security breach undermines trust ahead of election"

Dr. Jonathan Hill, Pace University's dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, says the incident is unearthing a vulnerability.

"So many people use Twitter as a trusted news source and Twitter is not that,” he says. “It’s a platform for everybody and anybody to broadcast their message."

He says Twitter users should be verifying information, even if it comes from a verified account.

"I think everybody needs to learn some basic journalistic practice and we need to be very, very careful as individuals and as a society about what we read and what we believe," said Dr. Hill.

Watch the News12 clip.

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