The Seidenberg School practices, teaches, and trains cybersecurity at all levels. Many of its faculty have cybersecurity backgrounds in business and education, and programs reflect a changing industry where education and research must constantly evolve to meet fresh challenges.
As an NSA and DHS designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, the Seidenberg School offers a robust academic program for students to focus on information assurance and cybersecurity topics and techniques such as programming, cyber defense and threats, cryptography, biometrics, security design principles, web security, network and device forensics, human-centered attacks, and cybersecurity policy.
In 2020, Pace University launched a new Master of Science in Cybersecurity, empowering students to commit fully to training to fill the ever-growing volume of jobs posted by government, businesses, and various organizations looking to upgrade their response and resilience to cyber threats. The program is offered at both campus locations. At the Pace University Westchester campus, students will take the program as a cohort, meeting once per month to undergo intense classwork and training sessions. At the New York City campus, students will take more traditional classes in the evenings, enabling them to work on a full or part time basis during the day.
Cybersecurity Labs at Pace University
Students apply what they learn in the classroom in practical exercises via labs such as the Cybersecurity Education and Research Lab and the Applied Data and Networking Sciences Lab where they compete to build and breach safe data.
The Cybersecurity Education and Research Lab (CERL), led by Seidenberg faculty Dr. Li-Chiou Chen and Professor Andreea Cotoranu, serves as a center for bringing faculty research and experience to cyber defense education In addition, CERL promotes collaboration within Pace through interdisciplinary work, and outside Pace through outreach activities. Presently, over 15 full-time Pace faculty teach and/or research on topics related to cyber defense. The culmination of their scholarly work over the past five years has resulted in books, book chapters, and over 40 publications in journals and conference proceedings. Research streams include biometrics, information security management, web security, computer forensics, information technology auditing, intrusion detection, cybersecurity education, and privacy. In the past five years, Pace faculty were successful in securing over 5 million dollars in federal and corporate funding that supports research, curriculum and laboratory development, as well as student scholarships.
In addition to CERL, other labs within Pace contribute to strengthening student knowledge in various cyber defense related units. The Applied Data Sciences and Networking Lab, led by Dr. James Gabberty, offers students a rich experience with penetration testing tasks while developing their skills in networking and data analytics, such as preparing for Cisco CCNA certifications. The Computer Forensics Lab, led by Dr. Darren Hayes, focuses on research and practical experience for students in the digital forensics area. Students get to work with cutting-edge forensics tools, recognized in the industry, which greatly helps them to secure enriching internships and realize lucrative full-time jobs in the public and private sectors. Much of the faculty-led student research supports law enforcement, helping to overcome challenges in a rapidly evolving digital world. In addition, the Pervasive Computing Lab, co-led by Dr. Charles Tappert and Dr. Sung-Hyuk Cha, focuses on human-computer interaction research and touches upon key cyber defense issues such as biometrics and authentication.
Many students who take advantage of these labs have gone on to excellent jobs straight after graduation. Employers include the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Army Civilian, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, the John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, New York State Internet Bureau, MITRE, the State of New Jersey, and Westchester County, NY. In addition, our alumni hold leading cybersecurity positions in the private sector, including IBM, Microsoft, Ernst and Young, Accenture, and many cybersecurity consulting firms and IT auditing firms.
In addition to spending time in labs, Seidenberg students have participated in various cybersecurity co-curricular activities in addition to their regular cyber defense academic path: Pace Cyber Team has participated in the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in the past several years and qualified for the northeast Regional competition in March, 2020. Each year, Seidenberg sponsors a team of female students to attend and participate in the annual Women in Cybersecurity Conference. Students have also co-authored research papers with faculty in various areas including biometrics, authentication, application security and digital forensics.
Since 2017, the Seidenberg School has hosted an annual Cybersecurity Conference, alternating locations between Pace University’s New York City and Pleasantville campuses. Each year, the conference takes on a different theme, such as cybersecurity in business, the depth of the threat of serious cyberattacks, and healthcare.
Grants, sponsorships, and scholarships
Pace has collaborated with the government to support students for cybersecurity education. The Department of Defense (DoD) has supported Pace for the Information Assurance Scholarship Program (I ASP) between 2006-2015, resulting in seven alumni working for the DoD. Since 2010, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded two grants, totaling $3.5 million, to Pace in supporting the Scholarship for Service: CyberCorps® Program (SFS). The program has graduated 17 scholars and is currently supporting nine scholars completing their education in cybersecurity.
The Seidenberg School is committed to introducing cybersecurity education to students before they attend university. Each year, the School runs NSA grant-funded cybersecurity summer camps through the GenCyber program. There are two camps: one trains high school teachers how to teach cybersecurity to their students, the other is for high school students to learn techniques directly.
Through this multitude of pathways throughout the realm of the cybersecurity industry, the Seidenberg School has considerable authority and reach within the community regarding cybersecurity research, programming, and education.