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Cybersecurity During a Pandemic: Inevitably Vulnerable?
Start Date: 11/11/2020Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Date: 11/11/2020End Time: 2:00 PM
Event Description:
About the Program: 

Cyber incidents are consistently ranked at the top of concerns that worry businesses. The FBI’s annual Internet Crime Report for 2019  found that cybercrime cost US businesses and individuals $3.5 billion in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic added to this already complicated reality massive disruptions of businesses worldwide and new opportunities for hackers and bad actors. At least 289 school districts across the U.S. have suffered cyber incidents such as hacks this year, and several U.S. hospitals have been targeted in recent weeks with ransomware attacks capable of disrupting critical patient care. This event is devoted to the dramatic increase in cybersecurity vulnerabilities as a result of the pandemic. The panel will explore various cybersecurity risks, toothless regulations, hacking incentives, behavioral weaknesses, and tips for making individuals and businesses less appealing targets for cyberattack.


Moderated by Yafit Lev-Aretz, Assistant Professor of Law at Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College

Mark Schleisner, CISSP, PMP

Mark has twenty years of experience in security-related project management, business analysis, and user Identity and Access Management.  He has led large-scale project initiatives at organizations as diverse as the American Museum of Natural History, the Continuum hospital network, and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.

He has given cybersecurity lectures to numerous organizations, including the New York Academy of Medicine and the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance.  Mark has also facilitated workshops at the NYC chapter of the Project Management Institute, and contributed to Health IT white papers concerning the protection of patient data on hospital wireless networks. 

Mark has earned a Master of Science Degree from Yeshiva University’s Cybersecurity Program at the Katz School of Science and Health.  Previously, Mark graduated from the Weill Cornell Medical College Health IT Certificate Program, with a concentration in cyber security.  He has also earned a Master of Arts degree in Economics with a concentration in Finance.

He enjoys mentoring students just beginning their cybersecurity careers, and has a soft spot for hacker movies like The Matrix and War Games.

Sivan Tehila

Sivan Tehila is a Cybersecurity expert with over 15 years of experience. She is the director of Solution Architecture at Perimeter 81, Founder of Cyber Ladies NYC, and Adjunct Professor of Cybersecurity at Yeshiva University. Sivan fulfilled multiple positions during her service in the Israel Defense Forces, including an Intelligence Officer, CISO of Research and Analysis Division, and Head of the Information Security Department of the Intelligence Corps. Sivan was honorably discharged as a Captain.

Later, Sivan joined the Israeli defense technology company RAFAEL as an Information Security Officer and a profiler. She then served as a cybersecurity consultant for the Israel Railways.

In addition, Sivan runs technical and educational workshops in Cybersecurity, speaks at conferences around the world, and contributes to information and cybersecurity magazines.

During the last years, Sivan has dedicated herself to promoting women in Cybersecurity. She Founded Cyber Ladies NYC and developed a unique cybersecurity program for Manhattan High School for girls.

Tech Ethics at the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity:

Professor Yafit Lev-Aretz is the Director of the Robert Zicklin Center’s Program on Tech EthicsTech Ethics examines the ethical dilemmas associated with the various technology applications, including in the context of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data. The tech ethics program is designed to increase awareness of such ethical dilemmas and foster a conversation on the positive and negative impacts of technology. The program also aims to equip future leaders with the insights and perspectives needed to make complex decisions about the use of technology in business and society.

Professor Lev-Aretz is a tech policy expert, researching the fascinating relationship between the law, technology, and society.  She has written about information privacy, the growing use of algorithmic decision-making, intrusive means of news dissemination, choice architecture in the age of big data, and the ethical challenges posed by machine learning and artificially intelligent systems. Additionally, her research highlights the legal treatment of beneficial uses of data, such as data philanthropy and the data for good movement, striving to strike a delicate balance between solid privacy protections and competing values.


12:30 pm – Program begins

2:00 pm – Program concludes


Complimentary pre-registration is required to attend this program. Please register online through Zoom.

Contact Information:
Name: Ruzdo Srdanovic
Phone: 646-312-3231
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