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Graduate School of Computer & Information Sciences Celebrates National Cyber Security Awareness Month

NSU’s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS) hosted a series of events in observance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). National Cyber Security Awareness Month has been observed annually each October since its inception. Now in its 11th year, the awareness program was created by the Obama Administration to engage and educate the public and the private sector about cyber security and to increase the resiliency of the American public in the event of a cyber-incident.

GSCIS kicked off NCSAM celebrations on Sept. 30 with a special presentation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). GSCIS alumni and Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI Cyber Division, James Burrell conducted a special presentation on “Cyber Security Threats and Trends.” The event hosted over 150 attendees and allowed current students and alumni to network with Dr. Burrell.

GSCIS hosted for a second year a Cyber Security Day for more than 160 high school students from Miami Dade County Public Schools to teach them about cyber security safety. The event included special presentations by NSU Professor Yair Levy, Ph.D., FBI Special Agent Griffiths, Special Agent Raphy Rivas of InfraGard Miami, Micahel Scheidell, Chief Information Security Officer of Security Privateers and NSU doctoral candidate, Melissa Carlton.

The Second Annual Healthcare Cyber Security Summit was held Oct. 15 and welcomed more than 50 IT executives to participate in a special presentation and panel discussion by top healthcare security professionals from NSU’s Chief Information Security Officer, HIPAA HI-TECH Solutions Founder and CEO, Sanjay Deo and Attorney Tatiana Melnik.

On Oct. 22, GSCIS hosted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Benjamin Scribner for a special presentation on “Cybersecurity: A Shared Responsibility.” This presentation showcased the importance of cyber security and the critical role citizens have to promote cyber security. Benjamin Scribner is Program Director, National Cybersecurity Professionalization and Workforce Development, Department of Homeland Security and came especially for this event from Washington, D.C.