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CCNY to Host Cyber Infrastructure Protection Conference

Cyber Security pioneer William Cheswick, left, and Maj. Scott Applegate are among the keynote speakers for CIP '12, September 13 – 14 at The City College of New York.

Government, business, and academic leaders will assess the vulnerability of America’s cyber infrastructure and provide strategic policy directions for its protection at the Third Cyber Infrastructure Protection 2012 Conference (CIP '12), September 13 – 14 at The City College of New York.

The conference, which is free and open to the public, comes at a time when cyber infrastructure attacks are on the rise and Congress fails to enact legislation establishing voluntary security standards for critical infrastructure.

The program includes panel sessions on cyber infrastructure, cyber crime and policy and decision making with presentations by experts from academia, the military and the corporate world.

David Szuchman, assistant district attorney for New York County, the afternoon session keynote speaker for the first day, will present an overview of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s efforts to combat cyber crime and identity theft.

Maj. Scott D. Applegate, George Mason University and US Army, the afternoon session keynote speaker, will discuss how to leverage cyber militia as a force multiplier in cyber operations.

William Cheswick, a pioneer in cyber security, the second day keynote speaker, will address Internet security issues.

Many other experts and speakers will present their experience with cyber security. For detailed program agenda, please refer to

“The cyber security threat grows daily while we, as a nation, are not doing enough to combat it,” said Dr. Tarek Saadawi, director of the Center of Information Networking in CCNY’s Grove School of Engineering and conference co-chair. “Our aim is not only to provide attendees with practical information to prevent and combat attacks but to increase their understanding of how cyber criminals and cyber terrorists think and behave.”

Between 2009 and 2011 there has been a 17-fold increase in the number of attacks against U.S. cyber infrastructure with many of them originating outside the country, according to Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the Department of Defense National Security Agency.

Concern about cyber attacks led to in the introduction of legislation in Congress establishing voluntary security standards to protect critical infrastructure, including water systems and the electrical grid. However, supporters failed to overcome a filibuster in the Senate in early August, and the White House is considering implementing some of the guidelines through an executive order.

The conference is presented by the Center of Information Networking and Telecommunications in CCNY’s Grove School of Engineering, CUNY, City College and the Institute of Strategic Studies at the Army War College. Dr. Tarek Saadawi, CCNY professor of electrical engineering, and Col. Louis Jordan of the U.S. Army War College are co-chairs.

Additional conference information, including the program, speaker bios and presentation abstracts can be found on the conference website.



Ellis Simon
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