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Sep 15 2011

NYIT President Guiliano Calls for Tightened Internet Security

New York, N.Y. (Sept. 15, 2011) – As cyber-attacks escalate around the world, universities are taking unprecedented measures to defend systems, said Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., president of New York Institute of Technology. NYIT, for example, endures – and thwarts – millions of attacks in a typical ten-day period.

Opening the university’s Cyber Security Conference at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway in Manhattan, President Guiliano cited a report by a database security company indicating colleges and universities endured 435 breaches that affected 8.5 million records since 2005.

Institutions of higher education have a “vast, valuable collection of information that hackers covet,” including student files, human resources records and information about alumni, parents, and staff, President Guiliano said. He added that campuses must balance the desire to collaborate on intellectual property and projects with the need to safeguard valuable work. 

Recognizing the growing importance of information technology and network security to business, NYIT has launched a new concentration in network security for computer science majors in addition to its master’s program in Internet security. Both are part of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. 

In a ten-day period at the end of the summer, NYIT blocked 15 million attempts to breach security. “Attacks apparently came from all over the world,” said President Guiliano.

The university is also working to raise awareness about the risks of online activities -- one of the main goals of President Obama’s National Initiative for Cyber Security Education.

“With our faculty and students prepared, we are working to improve everyone’s immunity in cyberspace,” President Guiliano said.!/search?q=%23nyitcyber Follow today’s conversation from the Cyber Security Conference on Twitter: #nyitcyber

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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.

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