D4CS was pleased to host the inaugural BSidesNYC Information/Security conference, held at John Jay on January 16, 2016. Over 350 people attended to include a bunch of D4CS students. We hope to host the conference again next year. website: BSidesNYC
Professor Ping Ji has been elected by the D4CS faculty to be the Interim D4CS program director for Spring 2016. This change is due to Professor Lovely going on sabbatical for Spring 2016 who, however, will remain in close consulation with Professor Ji to assure a smooth transition. In May 2016, the faculty will elect a director to serve the normal three year term.
This is a potential job opportunity for graduating students. The Department of Homeland Security plans to fast track the hiring of up to 1,000 new cybersecurity personnel by June, according to a notice set to be published tomorrow (11/11) in the Federal Register. Positions OK’d by the Office of Personnel Management for special Schedule A hiring authority include personnel with job duties including: Cyber risk and analysis; Cyberincident response, including analyzing malware and other vulnerabilities; Detecting and assessing cyber vulnerabilities; and Intelligence analysis, among other areas. The streamlined hiring covers positions at the GS 09-15 levels. Legislation approved by Congress last year allows DHS to speed the hiring of cyber experts, to set rates of basic pay, and to provide additional compensation, benefits, incentives, and allowances -- all perks previously extended to the Pentagon to help boost the size of its information security workforce. In March, the Defense Department was granted fast-track hiring authority of up to 3,000 personnel to build up military cyber teams. Check out the source article for this tip here.
Changes in the titles and course descriptions for FCM 710 and FCM 791 have been approved by the D4CS faculty and CUNY. The new versions below do not yet appear in the catalog but are currently official:
The NSA Surveillance Project of John Jay's Cybercrime Studies Center has moved to a new, much more easily navigable website: www.cyberprivacymatters.org. Professor Schwartz and D4CS alum Aidan Booth manage the website which aims to provide an alternative to the exclusive concern with Americans’ privacy interests that dominates discussions in the United States and to the failure to recognize that NSA surveillance is conducted in close cooperation with the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (“GCHQ”) and the intelligence agencies of the other Five Eyes Partners (Canada, New Zealand, Australia). Please check out the site and mention it to others who might be interested.
Graduate students can apply for travel funds to attend conferences. A few D4CS students have already been granted funds from this Student Government program. The deadline to apply for Spring 2015 is November 17 at 5PM. Check it out here: Student travel support
D4CS students who want accounts on the D4CS Lab network and independent access to the D4CS Labs must agree to the D4CS Lab Use Policy.
Guidelines can be found here: D4CS Lab Use Policy (provisional)