The 18th New York State Cyber Security Conference and the 10th Annual Symposium on Information Assurance was held June 2 and 3 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY. Acknowledged as the leading Northeast conference for cyber security education, this year's conference focused on the need to provide a comprehensive approach to security. Industry experts spoke in over 50 dynamic breakout sessions that provided the latest information on topics such as security strategies, risk management, cyber legal issues, the threat landscape, forensics, and incident response.
Three of Utica College's own, Professor of Practice of Cybersecurity, Austen Givens, Associate Professor of Cybersecurity, Leonard Popyack, and Director of the Northeast Cybersecurity Forensics Center, Anthony Martino, traveled to Albany this year to participate in the conference which had over 1,200 attendees. Popyack and Martino presented on the dark net. The topics they covered included TOR, onion routers, how the dark net operates, the use of hidden services, the differences between regular and dark net search engines, and much more.
"The New York State Annual Cyber Security Conference brought together government and industry leaders, as well as academics, to discuss and debate the most pressing technical and policy challenges facing the cybersecurity community today," Givens said. "The Economic Crime Justice Studies and Cybersecurity (ECJSC) department was well-represented at the conference, with multiple presentations from our faculty members, promotion of our academic programs at a vendor booth, and attendance by several of our adjunct professors. Overall, the experience was a great 'win' for us."
Jane Holl Lute, CEO of the Center for Internet Security and former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, opened the conference on June 2 with her keynote talk entitled, "What Each of Us Can Do Now." The June 3 keynote talk was provided by Bruce McConnell, Senior Vice President of the EastWest Institute and former Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. New to this year's conference were two training classes, given prior to the conference, on Incident Response. These along with two additional training classes were offered in security risk analysis, and threat analysis on the first day of the conference.
The event was co-hosted by the New York State Office of Information Technology Services Enterprise Information Security, the NYS Forum, Inc., and the University at Albany's School of Business and Col-lege of Computing and Information.