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The Professors Are In

A “Sandbox of Technology” We live in an age of big data. And as Seidenberg Associate Dean James Gabberty, DPS, knows, with big data comes big responsibility. “Every week, all of us read about a security breach at a private company or government entity—located either here or abroad. Consequently, the need for talented and motivated individuals has skyrocketed,” says Gabberty. Gabberty is empowering Seidenberg students to reach their professional potential through school-wide initiatives such as the upcoming Cybersecurity Lab, which will feature mock-ups of the networks, servers, and client-side systems that are commonplace in the industry. “This ‘sand box’ of technology will allow us to provide our students with access to specialized cybersecurity tools and computing infrastructures similar to the ‘real world’ that students leverage to eventually become defenders of our nation’s IT infrastructure,” he says.

ONE STEP AHEAD PACE CYBERCORPS GRANT “The grant brings us a lot of opportunities in cybersecurity education,” says Director of Pace’s CyberCorps Program Li-Chiou Chen, PhD, who is referring to a recent National Science Foundation grant awarded to the program. The grant is worth $2.5 million over the next five years, and will include scholarships for top-notch students, an outreach program, and necessary infrastructure for success and growth in cybersecurity education and research. As Chen notes, the results are already tangible. “Through this grant, we actually had the opportunity to work with the National Security Agency this summer to run our first Pace GenCyber workshop for high school teachers. The grant has a direct impact, as well as implications for Pace as a whole,” says Chen, who believes that Pace, through Seidenberg’s interdisciplinary approach, is perfectly positioned to empower the next generation of cybersecurity leaders.

“Right now, mobile is ubiquitous,” says Christelle Scharff, PhD, a professor of computer science at Seidenberg who has been working in the mobile application space since 2008. Scharff, however, knows that for Seidenberg to continue to expand its influence, she and her colleagues must be constantly looking one step ahead. “Right now universities and companies are working on the next generation of technology, and in 10 years, it’s going to be completely different. What excites me is that 10 years ago, there were almost no mobile phones and apps didn’t exist; and now apps are part of our common vocabulary. So, what will be in the everyday lives of people 10 years from now?” Given this forward-thinking approach, Scharff believes Seidenberg is in great position to make big strides over the next several years, and is helping to lay the foundation to do so. “Seidenberg is looking at courses to integrate all these new technologies. Mobile is very important, but there’s also data, cybersecurity, and UX design. Design is something we’re very interested in, and we have [developed] different partnerships with different universities around the world,” says Scharff.

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