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.

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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.

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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.

Nasir Memon

Nasir Memon

Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and founding director of NYU's Center for Cyber Security (CCS) Nasir Memon introduced cyber security studies to NYU Tandon in 1999, making it one of the first schools to implement the program at the undergraduate level. In 2002 he launched Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW), an annual conference that now draws tens of thousands of students to compete in events and learn skills. An affiliate faculty member in the Computer Science Department at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and department head of Digital Learning, he holds 12 patents in image compression and security.

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Julian Togelius

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Julian Togelius focuses on artificial intelligence and games. He researches and develops methods for making games more fun, easier to design and develop, and more adaptive. His work encompasses not only video games, but board games, card games, and mind games. His research interests include AI, player modelling, procedural content generation, automatic game design, believable bot behaviour, coevolution, neuroevolution, genetic programming and Monte Carlo tree search. He was recently honored with the 2020  IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Outstanding Early Career Award.


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Is AI the Key to Fighting Fake News?

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.

See Also: Red-flagging misinformation could slow the spread of fake news on social media



Research Labs and Groups

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Cybersecurity for Democracy

Cybersecurity for Democracy is a research-based, nonpartisan, and independent effort to expose online threats to our social fabric — and recommend how to counter them. We are part of the Center for Cybersecurity at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

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mLab is broadly interested in real-world security and privacy threats in healthcare and consumer technologies. Led by, Assistant Professor Danny Yuxing Huang, mLab builds systems to measure these threats at scale.

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NYU Center for Cybersecurity (CCS)

CCS is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to training the next generation of cybersecurity professionals and to shaping the public discourse and policy landscape on issues of technology and security. The Center is a collaboration among NYU Tandon School of Engineering and other NYU schools and departments.

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NYU Nanolab

Our research team studies the physics of electronic materials and their application in building devices and circuits. We are an experimental group with experience in the synthesis of layered materials, nanofabrication of electronic devices, and electrical measurements at both room and cryogenic temperatures.

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Offensive Security, Incident Response, and Internet Security Lab

The OSIRIS Lab is a student-run cybersecurity group that is part of the NYU's Center for Cyber Security.

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Secure Systems Lab

The Secure Systems Laboratory (SSL), under the direction of Professor Justin Cappos, works to find practical and deployable solutions to real-world security threats.