Today, our computer systems, services, and devices are more important than ever, and so is keeping them safe.
With every aspect of our lives now affected by online systems, NYU Tandon cybersecurity experts are finding the keys to keeping personal data private, power grids impregnable, national defense infrastructure safe from malefactors, and much more.
Patching up security gaps in hardware and software
In a world where everything is touched by the internet, cybersecurity is key to keep ourselves and society safe. And that means securing any potential flaws where bad actors can run amok. From improving the transparency of online political advertising and exposing vulnerabilities in credit cards to making sure that the software used in automobiles is impervious to hacking and that the computer-chip supply chain is free of piracy, NYU Tandon cybersecurity experts are at the forefront of a burgeoning field.
Thousands of students compete in the cybersecurity Olympics
CSAW, the cybersecurity games and conference organized by students associated with the OSIRIS Lab and the Center for Cyber Security, is the most comprehensive student-run cybersecurity event in the world. Featuring over 6,000 contenders across six global regions, students compete in hacking competitions to hone their security skills. From fast-paced trivia events to rebuilding corrupted files, the games provide hands-on experience of what it’s like to work in cybersecurity. Beyond the playing field, students can attend conferences, workshops and industry events to learn more about the field.
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Justin Cappos is improving real world systems, often by addressing issues that arise in practical deployments. He is renowned for his work on The Update Framework (TUF), an open-source technology that secures software update systems, which recently became the first specification project to graduate from the Linux Foundation’s Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). He is also the developer of Uptane, the automotive application of TUF. Uptane has been widely adopted by automakers, and according to projections, roughly one-third of the 2023 model cars on United States roads will use the technology.
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Damon McCoy has studied online payment systems, the economics of cybercrime, automotive systems, privacy enhancing technologies, and censorship resistance, among other topics. He is a founder of the Online Political Ads Transparency Project, a first-of-its-kind tool designed to help reporters, researchers, thought leaders, policy makers, and the general public easily analyze political ads on Facebook; the web-based tool allows users to search by state, as well as major political races, to identify trends in how ads are targeted to specific audiences and what messages are being used, who is funding each ad, and how much they are spending to disseminate them.
The dissemination of fake news on social media platforms is a troubling and destructive trend with dire implications for society. That’s why everyone from large tech companies to colleges and universities are stepping up to create solutions that combat fake news. In this webinar, researchers from NYU Tandon and NYU Abu Dhabi discuss how AI programs can help filter it out of our feeds, and make sure the best information floats to the top.
Research Labs and Groups
Cybersecurity for Democracy
NYU Center for Cybersecurity (CCS)
Offensive Security, Incident Response, and Internet Security Lab
Secure Systems Lab