Cybersecurity Innovation

Cybersecurity is a key challenge for public and private sector businesses, which are losing millions of dollars annually to cyber breaches and attacks.  UAlbany’s School of Business has risen to the challenge of educating and training the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, with its undergraduate Bachelor of Science program, and forthcoming master’s program in digital forensics that is going through the new program review and approval process.  The school also offers a graduate certificate in information security and an MBA concentration in cybersecurity.

Professor Sanjay Goel has recently received two significant government grants to build cybersecurity education and industry consortiums. Grants from The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Economic Development Agency acknowledge UAlbany’s unique position – with the Digital Forensics program, domain researchers, and a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem – to foster cybersecurity innovation, public/private partnerships, and job growth regionally. Funding from NIST (200k) extends for 15 months, and from EDA (583K) extends over five years.

The NIST grant is primarily focused on education and building workforce capacity in cybersecurity. Working across UAlbany’s cyber defense programs in three colleges, UAlbany will take a leadership position to develop cybersecurity educational outreach, a summer camp program, an extended internship program and a regional cybersecurity website and job board.  These efforts are designed to build regional cybersecurity workforce capacity that is wide and inclusive, with diverse points of entry and multiple paths to success. 

With funding from the EDA, Professor Goel is leading a team that will build a regional public/private advisory board to support high-growth cybersecurity entrepreneurship and innovative research. UAlbany’s Cyber Innovation Lab will be expanded and made available to local businesses for research and product design and testing. UAlbany’s School of Business, along with Blackstone Launchpad, will sponsor a cybersecurity business plan competition. 

These synergistic grant opportunities acknowledge that cybersecurity is a critical, high-growth industry, and that UAlbany is ideally situated to build cybersecurity consortiums that will fuel growth regionally through applied research, innovation, and educational resources.