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New Approach to Cyber Security: NYU-Poly Educates Engineers to Think Like Policy Makers and Psychologists to Protect Cyberspace

July 28, 2010

The Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) will launch an innovative graduate program to educate scientists and engineers to address the increasingly complex issues surrounding information security and privacy. A $2.85 million award from the National Science Foundation’s flagship interdisciplinary training initiative, Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT), funds the program.

“Traditionally, engineers are taught to evaluate projects by technical standards alone, a narrow approach that is out of touch with today’s connected society,” said the initiative’s team leader, Nasir Memon, professor in the Department of Science and Engineering and director of the Information Systems and Internet Security Lab. “For the scientists of tomorrow, social context will be a critical aspect of innovation.”

Called INSPIRE (Information Security and Privacy): An Interdisciplinary Research and Education Program, the program will address the shortage of scientists and engineers versed in the interplay between information security and economics, psychology, public policy and law. INSPIRE graduates will be able to apply their understanding of these fields to develop technology solutions attuned to an increasing dependence on trustworthy information systems.

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