NYIT Spurs Cyber Security Dialogue to Raise Awareness and Find Solutions

September 20, 2012

New York, N.Y. (Sept. 20, 2012) - The need for vigilance in the cyber world is escalating as increasingly invasive connectivity threatens the security of both the public and private sectors, noted Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., president of New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), in remarks opening the university’s Cybersecurity Conference today at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway.

Underscoring this point, the NYIT president mentioned that the university’s network defends itself against one to two million discrete attacks each day attempting to breach its firewall, with the vast majority stemming from automated attacks.

Guiliano told the audience, comprised of experts from government, private industry and academia, that as a global university educating students across borders, NYIT is committed to helping spur productive dialogue on critical issues and raising awareness to contribute to finding solutions, as well as training students to join the ranks of those fighting cyber crime. Through its School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, NYIT offers a concentration in network security for computer science majors in addition to a master’s program in Internet security.

“A good university is what I like to call an idea incubator, the zone of exploration where we promote new ideas, accept failure, reward creativity, breed innovation, and foster interdependent learning. Core to this is providing students with the skills to assess and properly use the information they are gaining, and to leverage technology as a tool for the greater good,” he added.