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Sep 14 2011

NYIT Hosts Cyber Security Conference on Thursday

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New York, N.Y. (Sept. 14, 2011) – Mobile computing is the greatest security challenge to organizations today, surpassing concerns about cloud computing, according to security expert Timothy Brown, who will speak at NYIT’s Cyber Security Conference on Sept. 15.

Days after the country marks the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a dozen experts will gather at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) to analyze cyber vulnerabilities and the latest measures to protect individuals and organizations. They will cover topics including cloud computing, social networks, and mobile security, as well emerging technologies and R&D initiatives.

"It seems like every day we hear about another threat, another breach, another “anonymous,” “dark tangent,” or “cy-fi” hacking into government, banking, media, and business networks,” said NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D.
President Guiliano noted that breaches at U.S. institutions of higher education over last six years, released—according to one report—8.5 million records into public cyberspace.  “We need to talk about bot detection, virtualization, and layered approaches that defend systems, manage data, and educate users,” he said.
Brown, SVP chief security architect and distinguished engineer at CA Technologies, Security Business, will join other speakers representing the FBI, the New York State Office of Cyber Security, IBM, Motorola, and other leading groups in the fight against hackers.

“New technologies come with new liabilities, so we need to work together to proactively identify risks and protect ourselves against potential disasters,” said Nada Anid, Ph.D., dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, which has launched a program in network security to teach students how to identify and solve security breaches.

Internet security firms are finding 70,000 new malicious programs every 24 hours, according to Natalya Kaspersky, co-founder of anti-virus software provider Kaspersky Lab ZAO. 

Cloud computing offers a low-cost way to store and retrieve data, but its security is unproven. Paul Stirpe, Ph.D., CEO of Letse, a global software and services corporation, will talk about these security considerations and will lead a panel discussion on these topics.  

Keynote Presentations

Jeff Crume, IBM’s Distinguished Engineer and IT Security Architect, will discuss identity and reputation protection as public and private lives are constantly exposed on the Internet. Crume is the author of Inside Internet Security: What Hackers Don't Want You To Know.

Kevin O’Connell, analyst, scholar, and writer on national security and intelligence matters, will speak on advanced persistent threats in cyberspace. He is the former Chairman of NOAA's Federal Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing and has served as Senior Analyst in the White House Situation Room, National Security Council. O’Connell, president and CEO of Innovative Analytics and Training, is an expert at identifying, analyzing, and managing emerging threats to the nation’s interests for government and commercial clients

Expert Presentations

  • Protecting New York State’s Citizens and Businesses Against Cyber Disasters by Thomas D. Smith, J.D., director of New York State Office of Cyber Security
  • Remarks from the FBI, New York Office, investigative Cyber Squad by John Leo and Jordan Loyd

  • A SoftRouter-based Approach for Securing Networks by Krishan Sabnani, Ph.D., senior vice president in the Networking Research Laboratory at Alcatel-Lucent-Bell Labs

  • Security Considerations in Hybrid, Multi-Vendor Clouds by Paul Stirpe, Ph.D., co-founder of Letse
  • Cloud Security: Emerging Cyber R&D Challenges for Government and Industry by Kenneth Brancik, Ph.D., managing director of Northrop Grumman Cyber Security Research
  • Cybersecurity To Date: A Complete Failure? by Gary Morse, president and founder of Razorpoint Security Technologies 
  • Mobile Computing – Today’s Security Challenge by Timothy Brown, SVP chief security architect and distinguished engineer at CA Technologies, Security Business
  • Leveraging the Power of the Network for Mobility Security by Gustavo De Los Reyes, Ph.D., executive director of technology security at AT&T

  • Panel Discussion on Challenges in Cloud Computing with Nasir Memon, Ph.D., professor at NYU-Poly; Raj Goel (NYIT, B.S. '94), CTO and co-founder of Brainlink International, Inc.; Tom Bianculli, senior director of the emerging business office at Motorola, and Gregory Conti, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at United States Military Academy. Moderated by Paul Stirpe, Ph.D., co-founder of Letse.

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, 1871 Broadway between 61st and 62nd Streets in New York City. The conference fee is $120; alumni, faculty, and staff are eligible for additional discounts, and students may register free of charge. Attendees may receive five continuing education hours applicable to re-registration as a professional engineer or IT specialist. Sponsors include L-3 Communications, IBM, Nassau County IDA, Coalfire, CA Technologies, Power Management Concepts, and Retlif.

To register for NYIT’s Cyber Security Conference, fill out the online registration form or contact For more information about the conference, visit

About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 90 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 14,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.

Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 89,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit


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