Once we became deeply dependent on the Internet, business, government, and our critical infrastructure fell vulnerable to serious security risks. Early on, we recognized that strategic weaknesses can be exploited by foreign agents, resulting in catastrophic failure of our power grid. Transportation systems, and other vital civic arteries. Today, new threats have emerged from criminals who exploit private computers, steal intellectual property, and engage in espionage. Noted expert Marcus H. Sachs, supported by a distinguished panel of fellow cyber experts, examine these Internet threat groups, separating media hype from what is really happening. Sachs and his colleagues call for a power partnership between public and private sectors to protect and secure cyberspace security.
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Marcus H. Sachs, is Vice President of Government Affairs, National Security Policy, Verizon Communications, where he assists federal, state, and local officials with national security emergency preparedness and cyber policy coordination in the communications sector. At Verizon, he assists business units with integrating national security emergency preparedness policy into network operations, support for critical infrastructure, and protection of Verizon’s global corporate assets. External to Verizon Sachs serves as Vice Chair of the Communications Sector Coordinating Council and supports several other public/private advisory working groups and task forces. In 2007, he was named a member of the CSIS Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency, and from 2003 to 2010, he was Director of the SANS Internet Storm Center. Earlier, he had a 20-year military career as an officer in the US States Army, followed by two years of federal civilian service at the White House and the US Department of Homeland Security. In 1998, he was selected by the Secretary of Defense to be an initial member of the Joint Task Force for Computer Network Defense, a military unit organized to conduct cyberspace operations in reaction to growing foreign threats targeting sensitive military networks. After retiring from the military, he was appointed by the President to serve concurrently on the staff of the National Security Council as the Director for Communication Infrastructure Protection in the White House Office of Cyberspace Security and on the staff of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board. Sachs joined the National Cyber Security Division of the US Department of Homeland Security in June 2003, where he implemented the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, including the launch of US-CERT. Sachs holds a Master’s of Science in Computer Science with a concentration in Information Security from James Madison University, a Master’s of Science in Science and Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College, Army Engineer School, Army Computer Science School, and Army’s Airborne and Air Assault schools. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy at George Mason University and is a senior faculty member of SANS Technology Institute.
Professor Nasir Memon of NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Lecture Series Chairman, is an internationally respected expert in cyber security. His research interests include digital forensics, data compression, computer and network security and multimedia computing and security. He has published more than 250 articles in scholarly journals and conference proceedings and holds more than a dozen patents in image compression and information security and forensics. His research has been featured in NBC Nightly News, The New York Times, MIT Review, Wired.Com, BBC, among other media. Professor Memon has been a principal or co-investigator on numerous research and education grants exceeding $15 million. He and his academic colleagues are engaged in the addressing the most troubling cyber security issues confronting the New York City, the nation and the world.
Robert Ubell, is Vice President of Enterprise Learning at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, where he heads the school's e-learning unit, NYU-ePoly, delivering 20 online graduate programs worldwide. Last year, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering's online graduate program in Cyber Security was awarded the Sloan-C prize as the best online program in the nation.
Dr. Richard A. Falkenrath is a Principal with The Chertoff Group, where he advises clients on homeland and national security. A Contributing Editor at Bloomberg News, he is also a Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a member of the Director's Review Committee of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as well as the Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee and the Aspen Strategy Group. Earlier, he was Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism at the New York City Police Department and was part of President George Bush's White House and National Security Council staffs. Following the September 11, 20o1 terrorist attacks, he was named Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Policy and Plans in the Office of Homeland Security. In January 2003, he was promoted to Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Homeland Security Advisor. He is the principal author of National Strategy for Homeland Security. Following his White House career, Dr. Falkenrath was appointed Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution. The author or coauthor of Shaping Europe's Military Order (1995), Avoiding Nuclear Anarchy (1996), America's Achilles' Heel: Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Terrorism and Covert Attack (1998), he earned undergraduate degrees at Occidental College and his Ph.D. from the Department of War Studies, King's College London, where he was a British Marshall Scholar.