NYIT gets nod for cybersecurity research

NYIT cybersecurity experts Paolo Gasti, Kiran Balagani and Thaier Hayajneh.

Nassau County has selected NYIT to run a cybersecurity research center in which new technologies would be developed to help safeguard critical national information and data.

The center, which will be housed in rent-free space in Port Washington, is expected to receive national status from the NSA and the federal Central Security Service. The launch of the center follows news that IRS, White House and other federal computers were broken into by China-based hackers, exposing the personal information of as many as 18 million Americans.

“Cybersecurity is a national concern and this research facility will allow NYIT students and faculty to work on government-sanctioned projects in a secure facility,” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said in announcing the county’s support for the center. “Nassau’s workforce has the skilled defense industry talent and hi-tech skills to support the cybersecurity industry and develop tomorrow’s cybersecurity technology today.”

Headquartered in Old Westbury, NYIT has a long track record of fostering technological innovation and promoting partnerships among industry leaders, academia and government. The school recently launched an Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center that focuses on research and collaborations in key areas such as cybersecurity.

The cybersecurity center will be housed in 10,000 square feet of space that has been provided free of charge by commercial real estate developer Steel Equities. NYIT chief of staff Peter C. Kinney III said the school will do research for the federal government and large companies such as IBM and Cisco.