Cybersecurity

Computer security, cybersecurity, or information technology security (IT security) is the protection of computer systems and networks from information disclosure, theft of or damage to their hardware, software, or electronic data, as well as from the disruption or misdirection of the services they provide.

David K.A. Mordecai and Samantha Kappagoda Participated in NYU CSAW 2019

David K.A. Mordecai and Samantha Kappagoda Participated in NYU CSAW 2019

David K.A. Mordecai and Samantha Kappagoda were invited to participate as judges at NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Sixteenth Annual Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) Competition, November 6-8, 2019 at the MetroTech Center in Brooklyn, NY. RiskEcon® Lab @ Courant Institute has proudly co-sponsored this competition since 2018.

Academic entrants of all levels, from Post-Doctoral fellows and Ph.D. candidates to high school students took part in the three-day cybersecurity event, which was made up of several distinct competitions including the following:

  • Applied Research Competition
  • Capture the Flag
  • Embedded Security Challenge
  • Hack 3D
  • HackML
  • Logic Locking
  • Policy Competition
  • Red Team Competition
  • Security Quiz

David K.A. Mordecai and Samantha Kappagoda Participated in NYU CSAW 2019

David Mordecai and Samantha Kappagoda joined the panel of judges for the HackML competition, while Dr. Mordecai also served as a judge for the Applied Research competition.

The HackML competition challenged teams to design new, more powerful backdoor attacks on neural networks, and to develop novel defenses and detections. The Applied Research award reviewed papers on any topic related to the application or implementation of security technologies or security systems published or camera-ready between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019.

About CSAW
CSAW, established at NYU Tandon School of Engineering (originally Polytechnic Institute of New York) in 2003, is the largest student-run cyber security event in the world, featuring international competitions, workshops, and industry events. Competitions are developed by undergraduate and graduate students associated with the OSIRIS Lab and the Center for Cyber Security at NYU Tandon School of Engineering in collaboration with student teams from across the globe. These students represent some of the leading security programs and academic institutions worldwide. The CSAW competition now runs annually in five other countries; at the Grenoble INP-Esisar in France, the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, the Ben-Gurion University and University of Haifa in Israel, NYU Abu Dhabi in Mena and University Iberoamericana Mexico City in Mexico.

About NYU Tandon School of Engineering
NYU Tandon School of Engineering is a comprehensive school of engineering, applied sciences, technology and research, and is rooted in a 165-year tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. The institution, founded in 1854, is the nation’s second-oldest private engineering school. In addition to NYU’s main campus in Manhattan, NYU Tandon in downtown Brooklyn also offers programs at sites throughout the region and around the globe. Globally, NYU Tandon has programs in Israel, China and is an integral part of NYU’s campus in Abu Dhabi. NYU Tandon’s mission is to excel as a leading high-quality research institution engaged in education, discovery, and innovation with social, intellectual, and economic impact in the New York region, the nation, and the world. For more information, visit: https://engineering.nyu.edu.

About RiskEcon® Lab @ Courant Institute
The mission of RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics @ Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences NYU is the development of experimental testbeds and analytics that employ high-dimensional datasets from innovative sources by applying a range of computational and analytical methods to commercial and industrial sensor networks and edge computing embedded systems, focusing primarily on research and development (R&D) of remote- and compressed- sensing, anomaly detection, forensic analytics and statistical process control. By employing applied computational statistics within the context of robust and scalable data analytic solutions, the goal is robust and reliable integration of machine learning with signal processing for measurement and control, in order to conduct research fundamental to large-scale, real-world questions in risk and liability management.

RiskEcon® Lab enables, facilitates and coordinates academic research focusing on these patterns and trends, through the development of commercially-viable, analytic applications employing computational statistical tools in conjunction with innovative and non-traditional data structures. In addition, the lab’s activities involve the advancement of applied mathematical statistics and computational economics, through interdisciplinary post-doctoral, postgraduate, graduate research and education in data science and social computing.

RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics was established in 2011 at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, an independent division of New York University (NYU). Courant is considered to be one of the world’s leading mathematics educational and scientific research centers, and has been ranked first in research in applied mathematics. RiskEcon® Lab is the cornerstone of the Computational Economics and Algorithmic Data Analytics (CEcADA) cooperative at New York University, established concurrently in 2011.

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Samantha Kappagoda and David K.A. Mordecai Participated in NYU CSAW 2018

Samantha Kappagoda and David K.A. Mordecai Participated in NYU CSAW 2018

Samantha Kappagoda and David K.A. Mordecai were invited to participate as judges at NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Fifteenth Annual Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) Competition, which ran from November 8-11, 2018 at MetroTech Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Academic entrants of all levels, from Post-Doctoral fellows and Ph.D. Candidates to high school students took part in the four day cybersecurity event, which was made up of several distinct competitions including the following:

  • Applied Research Competition
  • Capture the Flag
  • Cyber Journalism Award
  • Embedded Security Challenge
  • Hack 3D
  • Hack-Ams Challenge
  • Policy Competition
  • Red Team Competition
  • Security Quiz

Samantha Kappagoda and David K.A. Mordecai Participated in NYU CSAW 2018

David Mordecai joined the panel of judges in the Applied Research Competition. Eligible submissions included any paper published between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018 on any topic related to the application or implementation of security technologies or security systems.

Samantha Kappagoda joined the panel of judges for the Policy Competition. This year, the NYU Policy Case Competition Committee joined CSAW to develop a cybersecurity policy focused competition to encourage students from various educational backgrounds who are interested in the nexus of policy and emerging technology issues to think critically about major policy issues affecting society, challenge the status quo, and impact the cyber industry by presenting their ideas to leaders within the field.

About RiskEcon® Lab
The mission of RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics @ Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences NYU is the development of experimental testbeds and analytics that employ high-dimensional datasets from innovative sources by applying a range of computational and analytical methods to commercial and industrial sensor networks and edge computing embedded systems, focusing primarily on research and development (R&D) of remote and compressed sensing, anomaly detection, forensic analytics and statistical process control. By employing applied computational statistics within the context of robust and scalable data analytic solutions, the goal is robust and reliable integration of machine learning with signal processing for measurement and control, in order to conduct research fundamental to large-scale, real-world questions in risk and liability management in the public interest.

About CSAW
CSAW, established at NYU Tandon School of Engineering (originally Polytechnic Institute of New York) in 2003, is the largest student-run cyber security event in the world, featuring international competitions, workshops, and industry events. Competitions are developed by undergraduate and graduate students associated with the OSIRIS Lab and the Center for Cyber Security at NYU Tandon in collaboration with student teams from across the globe. These students represent some of the leading security programs and academic institutions worldwide. The CSAW competition now runs annually in five other countries; at Higher School of Communication of Tunis in Tunisia, IIT Kanpur in India, Grenoble INP-Esisar in France, University Iberoamericana (IBERO) in Mexico and Ben Gurion University in Israel.

About NYU Tandon School of Engineering
NYU Tandon School of Engineering, is a comprehensive school of engineering, applied sciences, technology and research, and is rooted in a 156-year tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. The institution, founded in 1854, is the nation’s second-oldest private engineering school. In addition to NYU’s main campus in Manhattan, NYU Tandon in downtown Brooklyn also offers programs at sites throughout the region and around the globe. Globally, NYU Tandon has programs in Israel, China and is an integral part of NYU’s campus in Abu Dhabi. NYU Tandon’s mission is to excel as a leading high-quality research institution engaged in education, discovery, and innovation with social, intellectual, and economic impact in the New York region, the nation, and the world.

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David K.A. Mordecai was Invited to Speak at the AFCEA 2018 Cybersecurity Technology Summit

David K.A. Mordecai was Invited to Speak at the AFCEA 2018 Cybersecurity Technology Summit

David K.A. Mordecai, President of Risk Economics and Adjunct Professor at New York University (NYU), was invited to speak at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) 2018 Cybersecurity Technology Summit on February 27, 2018 in Arlington, VA.

David Mordecai participated on a panel entitled Artificial Intelligence: The Next Line of Defense, where he highlighted  and discussed cyberphysical risk management considerations common to civilian commercial and industrial Internet of Things (IoT), as well as defense network settings.

The panel was moderated by Rick Hansen, Professor of Practice, Cybersecurity and Information Assurance at Capitol Technology University.

The other speakers on the panel were the following:

  • Dr. Alexander Kott, Chief Scientist, United States Army Research Lab
  • Adam Cardinal-Stakenas: Information Assurance DirectorateNational Security Agency (NSA)
  • Patrick Sullivan, Director, Security Technology and Strategy, Akamai

AFCEA

About Risk Economics
Risk Economics is a New York based advisory firm founded in 1999, providing advisory services at the intersection of commercial business-process engineering and risk engineering with a particular focus on coupling commercial reinsurance and financial technology, through the rigorous application of agent-based, demographic, and statistical methodologies to microeconomic and macroeconomic analytics.

About RiskEcon® Lab @ Courant Institute
The mission of RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics @ Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences NYU is the development of experimental testbeds and analytics that employ high-dimensional datasets from innovative sources by applying a range of computational and analytical methods to commercial and industrial sensor networks and edge computing embedded systems, focusing primarily on research and development (R&D) of remote and compressed sensing, anomaly detection, forensic analytics and statistical process control. By employing applied computational statistics within the context of robust and scalable data analytic solutions, the goal is robust integration of machine learning with signal processing for measurement and control, in order to conduct research fundamental to large-scale, real-world questions in risk and liability management.

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David K.A. Mordecai and Samantha Kappagoda Participated in NYU CSAW 2017

David K.A. Mordecai and Samantha Kappagoda Participated in NYU CSAW 2017

David K.A. Mordecai and Samantha Kappagoda were invited to participate as judges at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Fourteenth Annual Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) Competition, which ran from November 9-11, 2017 at MetroTech Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Academic entrants at all levels, from Post-Doctoral fellows and Ph.D. Candidates to high school students took part in the three day Cyber Security event, which was made up of several distinct competitions including the following:

  • Applied Research
  • Capture the Flag
  • Cyber Journalism
  • Embedded Security
  • High School Forensics
  • Law & Policy
  • Security Quiz

David K.A. Mordecai and Samantha Kappagoda Participated in NYU CSAW 2017

David Mordecai joined the panel of judges in the Applied Research Competition. Eligible submissions included any paper published between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017, on any topic related to the application or implementation of security technologies or security systems.

Samantha Kappagoda joined the panel of judges for the Law & Policy Competition. This year’s topic addressed questions at the cutting edge of privacy, security, and technology, allowing students to research a highly relevant subject and argue their position on the topic in the form of a legal brief. In the competition’s final round, the four finalist teams had the opportunity to present oral arguments in front of a panel of judges, who questioned students in the style of an appellate court.

About CSAW
CSAW, established at NYU Tandon School of Engineering (originally Polytechnic Institute of New York) in 2003, is the largest student-run cyber security event in the world, featuring international competitions, workshops, and industry events. Competitions are developed by undergraduate and graduate students associated with the OSIRIS Lab and the Center for Cyber Security at NYU Tandon in collaboration with student teams from across the globe. These students represent some of the leading security programs and academic institutions worldwide. The CSAW competition now runs annually in four other countries; at NYU Abu Dhabi, at IIT Kanpur in India, in Grenoble INP-Esisar in France, and Ben Gurion University in Israel. For more information, visit: https://www.csaw.io/.

About NYU Tandon School of Engineering
NYU Tandon School of Engineering, is a comprehensive school of engineering, applied sciences, technology and research, and is rooted in a 156-year tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. The institution, founded in 1854, is the nation’s second-oldest private engineering school. In addition to NYU’s main campus in Manhattan, NYU Tandon in downtown Brooklyn also offers programs at sites throughout the region and around the globe. Globally, NYU Tandon has programs in Israel, China and is an integral part of NYU’s campus in Abu Dhabi. NYU Tandon’s mission is to excel as a leading high-quality research institution engaged in education, discovery, and innovation with social, intellectual, and economic impact in the New York region, the nation, and the world. For more information, visit: https://engineering.nyu.edu.

About RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics
The mission of RiskEcon® Lab @ Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences NYU is the development of experimental testbeds and analytics that employ high-dimensional datasets from innovative sources by applying a range of computational and analytical methods to commercial and industrial sensor networks and edge computing embedded systems, focusing primarily on research and development (R&D) of remote and compressed sensing, anomaly detection, forensic analytics and statistical process control. By employing applied computational statistics within the context of robust and scalable data analytic solutions, our goal is robust and reliable integration of machine learning with signal processing for measurement and control, in order to conduct research fundamental to large-scale, real-world questions in risk and liability management in the public interest. For more information, visit: https://wp.nyu.edu/riskeconlab/.

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David K.A. Mordecai was Invited to Speak on a Panel of Experts on Opportunities and Challenges in Cybertech

David K.A. Mordecai was Invited to Speak on a Panel of Experts on Opportunities and Challenges in Cybertech

David K.A. Mordecai was invited to speak on a panel of experts to discuss Key Issues for Boards of Directors: Opportunities and Challenges in CyberTech. The focus of the panel was on liability issues and corporate governance concerns associated with cybersecurity, data privacy. The topic of Dr. Mordecai’s remarks, entitled Cyborg Commerce: Corporate Risk Governance and Liability on The Wild Frontier, specifically focused on practical considerations regarding the implications of computational economics and statistics for data forensics, cybersecurity and digital discovery. The event was part of a worldwide series of events organized by Directors Roundtable, and was held on October 1, 2013 at Weil, Gotshall & Manges LLP, New York.

The panelists joining Dr Mordecai were the following:

David K.A. Mordecai was Invited to Speak on a Panel of Experts on Opportunities and Challenges in Cybertech

David K.A. Mordecai is President of Risk Economics, a New York City based advisory firm that applies rigorous analytics to large-scale real world geopolitical and socioeconomic issues relating to demographics and macroeconomics. The firm’s expertise includes domains within finance, regulation, political risk, commerce and consumer behavior, labor, housing, immigration, global population, resource allocation environment, health and aging.

As lead for the Risk Economics® litigation and arbitration advisory practice, Dr. Mordecai serves as an expert on loss causation and economic damages related to market structure, financial institutions governance, and complex issues related to finance, economics and market standards and practices within securities, derivatives, reinsurance, and commodities markets, as well as market structure within a broad range of non-financial industry sectors. His expertise includes financial engineering, the valuation of fixed income securities and structured products, including over-the-counter derivatives (in particular fixed income and credit derivatives), complex insurance and reinsurance liabilities, as well as asset liability and risk management models and practices. Having testified extensively at deposition, trial, arbitration and international arbitration, David Mordecai has been admitted as an expert in federal, state and county courts, and cited favorably in court decisions.

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Samantha Kappagoda and David K.A. Mordecai Participated in NYU CSAW 2011

Samantha Kappagoda and David K.A. Mordecai Participated in NYU CSAW 2011

Samantha Kappagoda and David K.A. Mordecai participated as judges at NYU-Poly’s Eighth Annual Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) Competition on November 11, 2011 at MetroTech Center in Brooklyn, NY. Academic entrants of all levels, from Post-Doctoral fellows and Ph.D. Candidates to high school students took part in the two day Cyber Security event, which was made up of several distinct competitions.

Polytechnic Institute of New York University (formerly Polytechnic University), an affiliate of New York University (NYU), is a comprehensive school of engineering, applied sciences, technology and research, and is rooted in a 156-year tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. The institution, founded in 1854, is the nation’s second-oldest private engineering school. In addition to NYU’s main campus in Manhattan, NYU-Poly’s MetroTech Center in downtown Brooklyn also offers programs at sites throughout the region and around the globe. Globally, NYU-Poly has programs in Israel, China and is an integral part of NYU’s campus in Abu Dhabi. NYU-Poly’s mission is to excel as a leading high-quality research institution engaged in education, discovery, and innovation with social, intellectual, and economic impact in the New York region, the nation, and the world.

CSAW

David K.A. Mordecai joined the panel of judges in the AT&T Best Applied Security Paper Award. For this competition, student researchers entered papers that had been submitted to, or accepted at any conference or journal between September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011. Paper topics included any area related to the application of security technology, the implementation of systems, as well as lessons learned.

Samantha Kappagoda joined the panel of judges for the Security Awareness Video Competition. This competition required entrants to submit a “public service” video or animated spot aimed at raising awareness of everyday cyber security threats such as (but not limited to) social networking issues, privacy, malware, downloading un-trusted software, visiting infected websites, opening unknown attachments, or phishing.

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