Sloan Lecture Series

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering / Sloan Foundation Cyber Security Lectures

With the ever-increasing scale of interconnected information systems, concerns about cyber security dangers and threats increase daily. NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Cyber Security Lecture Series provides an arena for high-level discussion among world-class scholars and practitioners. Sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, lectures and panel discussions are designed to raise the visibility of risks and issues, including personal privacy. Internationally renowned experts join together to stimulate collaborative thinking, especially among New York's regional businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, academic institutions, media, and the public. Practical and timely, the series also focuses on possible strategies that address the impact of growing risks.

Cyber Security Lectures

Lecture 5: Archive

Cyber Risk

Surviving on a Diet of Poisoned Fruit: Reducing the Risks of America's Cyber Dependencies: Archive

Past Event: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Webcast Available

Lecture 4: Archive

Cyber Risk

White House Insights on the President's Critical Infrastructure Framework

Past Event: March 10, 2014

Webcast Available

Lecture 3: Archive

Defending Cyberspace

Privacy in the World of Big Data

Past Event: October 23, 2013

Webcast Available

Lecture 2: Archive

Defending Cyberspace

Are We Ready?

Past Event: September 7, 2012

Webcast Available

Lecture 1: Archive

Cyber allies

How Public/Private Partnerships Can Fight Back

Past Event: June 21, 2012

Webcast Available

Lecture 5:
Surviving on a Diet of Poisoned Fruit: Reducing the Risks of America's Cyber Dependencies

In his Distinguished Lecture, Richard Danzig proposes strategies for coping with a security paradox presented by cyber systems: As digital systems grant us unprecedented powers, they also make us less secure. While their immense communication capabilities enable wide scale collaboration and networking, they open doors to unprecedented intrusion. Concentrations of data and manipulative power vastly improve efficiency and scale, but these attributes increase the amount that can be stolen or subverted by successful attack. While we are now empowered to retrieve and manipulate data on our own, this beneficial “democratization” removes a chain of human approvals that served as safeguards. In sum, cyber systems nourish us, but at the same time, they weaken and poison us. Wise strategies, aimed at safeguarding the nation's data storehouse of vital information, must embrace a mix of technical responses, economic and business judgments, and policy choices. Focusing on Federal government vulnerabilities--but noting implications for all users--Dr. Danzig argues that we are not doing nearly as well as we could and recommends several paths to improvement.

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Cyber Security at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

For the past decade, NYU School of Engineering has been at the forefront of cyber-security research, education, and policy. Together with its sister schools at NYU, under the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy (CRISSP), NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering has been at the core of cyber security research and education in the tri-state area.

Master in Cyber Security

NYU School of Engineering’s Cyber Security Program is an internationally recognized center of excellence in information assurance and cyber security.

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Cyber Security Laboratory

NYU School of Engineering’s cyber security laboratory is a remote virtual environment available to students and faculty as the backbone of many courses in the program.

Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy (CRISSP)

  • Anindya Ghose, Professor of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences, Faculty Fellow, and Co-director of the Center for Digital Economy Research, NYU Stern School of Business

  • Ramesh Karri, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NYU School of Engineering

  • Nasir Memon, Head, Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Director of Information Systems and Internet Security Laboratory, NYU School of Engineering

  • Helen Nissenbaum, Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication and Professor of Computer Science, NYU Steinhardt School

  • Rae Zimmerman, Professor of Planning and Public Administration, NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

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openOnline Learning Consortium Names NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering's Cyber Security Virtual Master's Nation's Outstanding Online Program.close

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), the country's most prominent association of academic institutions and practitioners, championing online higher education, has recognized NYU School of Engineering's Cyber Security virtual Master's degree as the nation's Outstanding Online Program. More than half of all students in the school's Master's in Cyber Security are presently enrolled in its online program.

2014 certification U.S. News & World Report ranks NYU School of Engineering's Online Engineering Master's among the best online engineering programs.

About Us

About NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering dates to 1854, when the NYU School of Civil Engineering and Architecture as well as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly) were founded. Their successor institutions merged in January 2014 to create a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to programs at its main campus in downtown Brooklyn, it is closely connected to engineering programs in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, and it operates business incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. For more information, visit

About New York University

New York University, founded in 1831, is one of the world’s foremost research universities and is a member of the selective Association of American Universities. NYU has degree-granting university campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai; has eleven other global academic sites, including London, Paris, Florence, Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires, and Accra; and sends more students to study abroad than any other U.S. college or university. Through its numerous schools and colleges, NYU conducts research and provides education in the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, the cinematic and performing arts, music and studio arts, public administration, engineering, social work, and continuing and professional studies, among other areas. For more information, visit

About The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic not-for-profit grantmaking institution based in New York City. Founded in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then President and CEO of General Motors, the Foundation's mission is to promote the common welfare and improve American quality of life through accelerating the advance and application of scientific knowledge. To that end, the Foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics.

The NYU School of Engineering Cyber Security Lecture Series is funded through the Sloan Foundation's Civic Initiatives program, which aims to benefit New York City in ways consonant with the Foundation's larger mission to support science, technology, and economics.

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