FedCyber Summit Quick Hits with Utica College

September 28, 2011
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To get ready for the FedCyber Summit on Wednesday, we spoke to some of our sponsors about the current state of the Federal Cyber ecosystem, and what they are doing to advance it.

I spoke with Joseph Giordano, Assistant Professor In Economic Crime Management, Chair, MS in Cybersecurity at Utica College and asked the following.

Q: What is the biggest challenge in cyber security today? What are some emerging challenges?

There are so many big challenges today in cyber security that it is difficult to focus in on just one. However, if I had to choose one it would be related to our nation’s critical infrastructures. Protection of the information systems and networks that are an integral part of national critical infrastructure systems stands out as a top challenge. These systems are crucial to our way of life and disruption or destruction of any of these infrastructures could have devastating effects on the nation. Also, protecting against cyber espionage efforts  is of paramount importance. Everything that is important is stored in an electronic format in some way, shape or form. All manner of critical information related to business secrets, R&D, proprietary methods, business processes and much more can be stolen using cyber espionage techniques. These cyber espionage operations cost our nation from both economic and national security perspectives.

Q: What does your company provide to fill gaps in the current ecosystem? What products does your company offer to drive innovation? To make the changes needed to move forward? 

Utica College is an educational organization. The college has both undergraduate and graduate programs in the cyber security area, both are available to working professionals in an online format. At the graduate level we at Utica College offer a highly-specialized degree in cyber security with specializations in both intelligence and forensics. At the undergraduate level Utica College has a degree in cyber security with two concentrations:  information assurance and cybercrime investigations and forensics. Utica College offers curricula that are relevant, timely and leading edge that address the most pressing cyber security needs of the nation.

Q: How can your firm help government satisfy requirements, especially for visibility, movement to cloud and citizen outreach? 

Our organization being an educational institution is dedicated to graduating students with excellent skills in the cyber security technology field. At the master’s degree level our goal is to graduate students who are ready to take on leadership roles in cyber security.

In what directions should the market innovate? 

There needs to be more emphasis on development of secure code. Also, systems and networks need to be developed that are agile and adaptable and able to operate through adversary cyber attacks while minimizing damage to critical systems. Additionally, educating professionals on ways to proactively diagnose cyber threats and trends will be critical to the protection as well as the longevity of these vital systems.

You can find Utica College’s Cybersecurity School here.