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Bank Info Security featured Seidenberg Professor Darren Hayes in "White House Preparing 'Executive Action' "After SolarWinds Attack

02/19/2021

Bank Info Security featured Seidenberg Professor Darren Hayes in "White House Preparing 'Executive Action' "After SolarWinds Attack

Darren Hayes, associate professor at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University in New York, also notes that the U.S. government could impose economic or other sanctions against those it deems responsible for the SolarWinds attack. "The Biden administration should strongly consider increased sanctions," Hayes says. "Attribution for cyberattacks were historically problematic, especially because countries like China and Russia would use unofficial groups in their country to launch these attacks. Ultimately, we know that these governments have sanctioned cyberattacks that align with their policies."

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Data Breach Today featured Seidenberg Professor Darren Hayes in "Biden Assesses U.S. Policies on China Cybersecurity Issues"

02/17/2021

Data Breach Today featured Seidenberg Professor Darren Hayes in "Biden Assesses U.S. Policies on China Cybersecurity Issues"

Darren Hayes, associate professor at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University in New York, still believes Chinese app companies pose a threat to the U.S., and he asserts that joint ownership of the apps by U.S. firms is one of the only ways to protect against the collection of data on American citizens.

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CreditDonkey featured Seidenberg Professor Darren Hayes in "Keeping Your Online Financial Transactions Safe"

02/05/2021

CreditDonkey featured Seidenberg Professor Darren Hayes in "Keeping Your Online Financial Transactions Safe"

Dr. Darren Hayes
Associate Professor & Director, Pace University Digital Forensics Research Lab

What tips do you have for secure online financial transactions?

There is a popular misconception that online financial transactions are inherently risky. However, your risk of fraud may increase at an ATM or at a point-of-sale terminal because of skimmer fraud; a skimmer is a device that captures your payment card data from the magnetic strip on your payment card. Generally, financial institutions and most retailers spend a lot of money on protecting your online financial transactions. Nevertheless, there are some ways to mitigate the risk of financial fraud.

Two-factor authentication (2FA) or multi-factor authentication are effective ways to authenticate and prevent fraud, although their efficacy varies. Receiving a code via SMS can be good but there are criminals who will report a lost or stolen cellphone and subsequently obtain a replacement SIM card in order to authenticate an account on a mobile banking app and steal your money. Utilizing a 2FA app that generates a one-time code to authenticate the user is better.

Another other security tip is to only conduct financial transactions on websites that have "https", rather than "http", in the URL. Steer clear of conducting financial transactions on public WiFi, such as at your local Starbucks. Business centers with computers at hotels, airport lounges and so forth should not be used to conduct any financial transactions. If you must use someone else's computer, then ensure that you delete all cookies, your browser history and then restart the computer.

Finally, set up your bank account so that you receive alerts about outgoing payments and credit card charges. It is good practice to receive email alerts, notifications on your cellphone or smart watch, for all financial transactions. Credit monitoring services can be helpful, although it is free to place a credit freeze, with the three credit reporting agencies, while most states allow you to obtain one free credit report from each credit reporting agency at least once a year. The most important thing to be alerted to is any small, unrecognized debit and credit to your account. This is how fraudsters test your bank account before they make a big withdrawal. Contact your bank if you ever see any unrecognized charge and then credit - even if it is only for $0.70. The good news is that banks and credit card companies are generally very good with refunding you if you are a victim of fraud.

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Patch featured Seidenberg’s partnership with Saberpoint in "Pace University Partners with Global IT Company Saberpoint"

02/03/2021

Patch featured Seidenberg’s partnership with Saberpoint in "Pace University Partners with Global IT Company Saberpoint"

Pace University is partnering with Saberpoint, a leading IT consulting and digital solutions company with offices in the US, India and Israel, to provide specialized software, technology and skills training for students that will provide them with critical workplace experience and fast-track their careers.

In establishing the Saberpoint Technology Professional Development Fund at Pace, Saberpoint President and CEO Ajay Bhumitra intends to complement and augment academic learning by funding valuable hands-on internships, mentorship, and training programs. The initiative will also create a pipeline of professionals that have the skills that companies are looking for.

"As a Pace graduate, I am thrilled to establish the Saberpoint Technology Professional Development Fund in collaboration with the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University," Bhumitra said. "With our shared goals of advancing a diverse and innovative workforce, I am committed to working with my alma mater to empower Pace students with the business and technology skills needed to succeed in the evolving global economy." 

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Press Release: Pace University Partners with Global IT Company Saberpoint to Upgrade Workforce Experience and Skills for Students

02/02/2021

Press Release: Pace University Partners with Global IT Company Saberpoint to Upgrade Workforce Experience and Skills for Students

Partnership Offers Professional Development, Salesforce Training

NEW YORK and PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (Feb. 2, 2021) — Pace University is partnering with Saberpoint, a leading IT consulting and digital solutions company with offices in the US, India and Israel, to provide specialized software, technology and skills training for students that will provide them with critical workplace experience and fast-track their careers.

In establishing the Saberpoint Technology Professional Development Fund at Pace, Saberpoint President and CEO Ajay Bhumitra intends to complement and augment academic learning by funding valuable hands-on internships, mentorship, and training programs. The initiative will also create a pipeline of professionals that have the skills that companies are looking for.

“As a Pace graduate, I am thrilled to establish the Saberpoint Technology Professional Development Fund in collaboration with the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University,” Bhumitra said. “With our shared goals of advancing a diverse and innovative workforce, I am committed to working with my alma mater to empower Pace students with the business and technology skills needed to succeed in the evolving global economy.”  

The partnership started out in 2020 as a pilot program with 18 students, and was such a success that it continues to grow and evolve. Now, it’s expected to become a more formal part of the curriculum. A key aspect of its initial success was a 10-week program aimed at teaching students how to effectively use Salesforce, a leading software program widely used in industry to increase sales, maximize return on investment (ROI) and optimize communications with clients. The goal is also to help students gain potentially career-advancing certifications from the popular, yet complex sales tool, and award scholarships to cover exam costs.

“Partnerships like this are such a benefit to our students’ educational experience,” said Dr. Jonathan Hill, Dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University. “Saberpoint, in particular, offers an excellent hands-on training process that allows students to gain in-demand skills in Salesforce, and to put what they’ve been learning in the classroom into practice directly. When they graduate from Pace, they will be even more prepared to enter the workforce and land great jobs where they can offer their skills in impactful ways.”

The partnership with Pace has been remarkably successful for Pawan Tilwani, a computer science major who graduated in May 2020. While at Pace, Tilwani worked as a graduate assistant to Dr. Anthony Joseph, professor and co-chair of the Computer Science Department, and received guidance from Pace’s Department of Career Services on resume writing, coaching, communications, and career advisement. He later completed a six-month internship with Saberpoint. Under the company’s tutelage and guidance, Tilwani earned several Salesforce certifications that he estimates would have taken up to five years on his own. He is now a 4X certified Salesforce consultant and works at Saberpoint full-time.  

“They were invested in my success,” said Tilwani, of India, noting that everyone from the CEO to sales associates were helpful and eager for him to succeed. “They really cared for my professional growth. It’s a family environment. Everyone is there for you.”

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About Pace University 
Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides. From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains. Follow us on Twitter or on the Pace News website.

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

At Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, students experience a best-of-breed technology 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 start-ups. 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 Saberpoint

Saberpoint is an IT Consulting company that provides technology and business transformation services to small, medium and large enterprises in the US, India and Israel.  The company enables its customers to get a 360 degree view into their business, and their customers, by leveraging technology to promote efficiencies, revenue and profitability.  Saberpoint has strategically partnered with market leaders in the technology industry, including Salesforce, SAP, Tableau, Shopify and Magento to provide CRM, ERP, Analytics, eCommerce and Marketing Solutions. In addition, Saberpoint has unique partnerships with companies that provide next generation solutions for Contract Lifecycle Management, Cyber Security, Customer Experience Analytics, digitalization and AI, to provide a well-rounded solution portfolio to its customers. Follow us on Linkedin and Twitter.

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