Cybersecurity at NYIT

NYIT takes cybersecurity very seriously. Learn more about our cyber academic programs, sponsored faculty research, and conferences.

High-profile hack attacks of Sony, Target, the IRS, and others have put a sharp focus on the global crisis of cybersecurity and the vulnerability of personal and business data. On another level, the popularity of the award-winning television program Mr. Robot, about a cybersecurity engineer by day who becomes a vigilante hacker at night, shows how the need for—and threats to—cybersecurity are part of popular culture.

And, as the Internet of Things (IoT) expands, that is, as more of our possessions and systems are connected to the Internet—from smart appliances and cars to wearable technology and medical devices—the more we must all be aware of cyber risks in everyday life.

At NYIT, a focus on cybersecurity is nothing new. In fact, we've been advancing the field for the last 10 years. Our well established undergraduate and graduate cybersecurity-focused degree offerings and expertise in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences are poised for even stronger growth due to a number of initiatives and anticipated developments with new partners, grants, and research-related opportunities.

New Research Facility

Notably, late last year, Governor Cuomo's regional economic development program, Start UP NY, announced a $400,000 award to NYIT for a new cybersecurity research facility the university is establishing in Nassau County, on Long Island. The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) had recently authorized NYIT to open the 10,000 square-foot Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research Facility to serve the nation's need for cybersecurity.

The Start UP NY award will specifically cover infrastructure and technology investments to support a tax-free zone for cybersecurity-focused businesses in Nassau County. This initiative will open numerous opportunities for NYIT faculty and students, and contribute to the economic development of Nassau County and the region.

“Cybersecurity is a national concern and this research facility will allow NYIT students and faculty to work on government-sanctioned projects in a secure facility," said Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano. "Nassau's workforce has the skilled defense industry talent and high-tech skills to support the cybersecurity industry and develop tomorrow's cybersecurity technology today."

Recognized Expertise

NYIT already is a Certified Information Assurance Courseware Institution recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Central Security Service for their shared goal to create new technologies to help secure critical national information and data pools.

Additionally, the university is expected to become Long Island's first NSA-DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD). This prestigious designation will help NYIT faculty vie for an even greater number of research grants and help NYIT students to secure government and private sector scholarships in cyber defense.

Real-world Training with Corporate Partners

NYIT works with industry leaders to create internships and other real-world training opportunities for students and professionals in many fields, but especially in the cybersecurity arena.

Consider the just-established Cisco Academies on NYIT campuses in Old Westbury, Manhattan, Vancouver, and Abu Dhabi. These laboratories, established with corporate partner Cisco Systems, Inc., offer hands-on, experiential training and professional certification on NYIT campuses for students and industry professionals pursuing cybersecurity-related studies.

NYIT has also established a dedicated lab for Network and Information Security on its Old Westbury campus, along with its Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC) with research imperatives in IT and Cybersecurity; Bioengineering and Medical Devices; and Energy and Green Technologies. These facilities, along with the soon-to-be established research facility in Nassau County, serve as NYIT's focal points for its cyber defense educational programs.

Another example of the public-private partnership strategy NYIT pursues is its efforts with Northrup Grumman, who is providing a $100,000 grant to enable NYIT students to participate in activities like competitions and hacking exercises. Company executives at Cisco, IBM, Northrop Grumman, and others are members of the Dean's Executive Advisory Board. Members advise NYIT on curriculum, share knowledge and provide expert speakers at NYIT's world class cybersecurity conferences, and increasingly, hire NYIT graduates in the U.S. and beyond.

Academic Program Growth

In the last decade, NYIT has introduced and increased its cybersecurity course offerings for undergraduate and graduate students. NYIT offers a concentration in Big Data Analytics in partnership with IBM and another in Network Security for computer science and information technology majors in addition to a master's program in Information, Network, and Computer Security (M.S.-INCS), taught by faculty experts who have been awarded research grants in biometrics, swarm intelligence, privacy, cryptography, information assurance, mobile, and cybersecurity. The M.S.-INCS program is available in New York and was recently introduced at NYIT's Abu Dhabi and Vancouver campuses, where it has grown exponentially. NYIT is the only American university in Abu Dhabi and Western Canada offering cybersecurity degrees.

Certainly, NYIT has a long track record of fostering technological innovation and promoting partnerships among industry leaders, academia, and government. Noted Nada Marie Anid, Ph.D., dean, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, “We are uniquely equipped to provide the educational experience and services needed in the areas of information assurance and cyber defense through our academic programs, sponsored faculty research projects, cybersecurity conferences, public-private partnerships, and related events. We welcome you to join us!”