President delivers thought-provoking opening address at Global Cyber Security Conference in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, UAE: Describing universities as “the good guys” in the struggle for online security, Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., President, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), delivered opening remarks today at the university’s first Global Cyber Security Conference in Abu Dhabi.
The audience of approximately 200 also heard from His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, the UAE’s Minister of Youth, Culture, and Community Development, who inaugurated the conference.
NYIT’s conference welcomed cyber defence professionals and others in the field from the US, the UAE, and throughout the MENA region, as well as faculty and students from universities across the country. Cyber-attacks cost the world upwards of $113 billion each year, according to a recent estimate, and their 378 million victims exceed the entire population of the Middle East. Moreover, the UAE plans to nearly double its security spending in coming years, with most of the increase going toward tightening cyber security.
President Guiliano’s speech underscored the conference theme: National and Corporate Threats, Protection, and Education. Noting that Internet dependence has made enterprises and individuals alike more vulnerable to cyber-attacks, President Guiliano emphasised that cyber defence is a major global issue, and that education is key to solving this and others of society’s biggest challenges. Noting that NYIT is a leader in cyber security education around the world, President Guiliano stated that universities must “ensure that organisations have the talent to manage risk, and a workforce that can spot the potential for risk”.
Ultimately, he said, government bodies and private industry will have to join universities in encouraging “idea flow” in order to “spread insights . . . and develop smart approaches to global problems”. Universities, by leading a dialogue between “human-centred design” and “community-engaged design,” will stimulate the innovations needed in the field of cyber security, and in other areas in need of world-class thinking.
NYIT’s Abu Dhabi campus was established in 2005 as the first licensed and accredited American university in the U.A.E. capital. Nearly 600 NYIT graduates now play their part in the UAE’s growing economy, working in private and public organizations across the country.
New York Institute of Technology offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. Because its curriculum is the same across its global campuses, students can start a degree program in Abu Dhabi and transfer to New York or to an NYIT campus in Canada or China.
A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has 13,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, New York; online; and at campuses in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.; Nanjing, China; and Vancouver, Canada.
Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 95,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu.