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The Future of Cybersecurity

A panel discussion and reception to celebrate the launch of the Fordham Center for Cybersecurity

Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: McNally Amphitheatre, 140 West 62nd Street | Lincoln Center Campus

Cybersecurity has emerged as a major focus of national and international concern. As hackers constantly find new ways to compromise crucial networks, governments and organizations must work to stay one step ahead of them.

Please join us for a panel discussion with experienced executives who will examine the most pressing challenges in cybersecurity today. These experts will share stories about real-world cyberattacks; discuss their career paths; and talk about advances in the field, including enhancements in cybersecurity technology. The panel will be followed by a networking reception.


5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Refreshments
6 – 6:20 p.m. Introduction by the Reverend Joseph M. McShane, S.J., President of Fordham University

Welcome Remarks by Eva Badowska, Ph.D., Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
6:20 – 6:30 p.m. Fordham Center of Cybersecurity Overview by Thaier Hayajneh, Ph.D., Director
6:30 – 7 p.m. Presentation of CAE-CDE Certificates
7 – 7:45 p.m. Panel Discussion
7:45 – 8 p.m. Q&A
8 – 8:30 p.m. Networking Reception


  • Lance James, Chief Scientist, Flashpoint
  • Nick Levay, Chief Information Security Officer, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Joel Rosenblatt, Director of Computer and Network Security, Columbia University
  • Thomas Ryan, Software Security Solutions Architect, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Moderator: Anthony Candeias, Information Security Manager, Ford Foundation


About the Panelists

Lance James serves as chief scientist at Flashpoint, where he oversees the company’s research and development activities and engages in thought leadership. Prior to joining Flashpoint, James was the head of cyber intelligence at Deloitte & Touche LLP. An internationally renowned information security specialist, James has more than 15 years of experience in programming, network security, digital forensics, malware research, cryptography design, cryptanalysis, counterintelligence, and protocol exploitation.

Thomas Ryan is world-renowned security expert with more than 20 years of security experience, currently working for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Ryan’s day-to-day activities are focused on developing and executing security strategies for Fortune 500 companies. Some of these strategies include implementing Secure DevOps into their SDLC and utilizing the benefits of machine learning to remediate vulnerabilities more quickly. Prior to HP Enterprise, Ryan was the co-founder and partner at Provide Security, a boutique cybersecurity firm focused on the convergence of cyber and physical security. The company was founded in 2009 in response to the rapidly growing demand for cybersecurity professionals amid increasing internet-based attacks, social media threats, and cyber espionage. Prior to founding Provide Security, Ryan worked on numerous ethical hacking and red teams and served as an ethical hacking instructor for various military and government agencies. Ryan's passion for information security led to his involvement in starting the OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) NY Chapter in 2004, as well as being at guest lecturer at several universities.

Joel Rosenblatt is the director of computer and network security at Columbia University. In that position, he oversees the computer security for all systems connected to the Columbia network. He is the chairperson of the Security Metrics subcommittee of the Security Effective Practices committee of Educause. He graduated from Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in 1977 and went to work for what was then called CUCCA (Columbia University Center for Computing Activities), running the IBM mainframe systems. His current responsibilities include oversight of the security of more than 150,000 network nodes, DMCA, PCI, and DLP for Columbia University. He writes for the online security magazine Security Current and is a member of Infragard and the NYECTF. He is also active in other security organizations whose existence he can neither confirm nor deny.

Nick Levay is the chief information security officer at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the president of the Information Sharing and Analysis Center, a recently formed nongovernmental organization. Previously, he was the chief security officer of the cybersecurity company Carbon Black, and director of technical operations and information security at the Center for American Progress. Levay advises on cybersecurity issues for a wide range of organizations, including law enforcement agencies, presidential campaigns, human rights organizations, legislators, venture capital firms, and private equity firms.

Anthony Candeias (moderator) is an experienced information security professional specializing in the attack life cycle of advanced persistent threats. He has worked closely with the FBI and DHS in investigating APT activity. Candeias’ experience is focused on the day-to-day operations of enterprise security management, specifically in the areas of information asset management, risk and vulnerability management, security awareness, and penetration testing. He has worked across various industries to provide information technology and security services. He has held positions at Goldman Sachs, Fordham University, the Ford Foundation, and the New York City Department of Education. During his time as an adjunct instructor at Fordham, Candeias has taught courses in cybersecurity and applications, network essentials, and penetration testing.