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 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.
3D printing may be the future of manufacturing, but it has a host of security concerns. Nikhil Gupta, a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering who is also appointed to the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering and the Center for Cybersecurity, explores vulnerabilities in the cyberphysical aspects of the supply chain, finding ways of securing design files, circumventing IP theft, and thwarting deliberate hacks and attacks.
NYU Center for Cybersecurity (CCS)
Offensive Security, Incident Response, and Internet Security Lab
Secure Systems Lab