ISACA to Co-Sponsor CNY Cybersecurity Symposium on May 20th

Dr. Marcus Rogers (McDevitt Chair in Computer Science at Le Moyne College) and The McDevitt Center are pleased to announce ISACA (formerly the Information Systems Audit and Control Association) will be co-sponsoring the May 20th CNY Cybersecurity Connections: Advanced Persistent Threats, The Cloud, and Mobile symposium.

ISACA (1)ISACA is a nonprofit, independent association that advocates for professionals involved in information security, assurance, risk management and governance. Through more than 200 chapters established in more than 80 countries, ISACA provides its members with education, resource sharing, advocacy, professional networking, and a host of other benefits on a local level.  Members rely on ISACA for resources that enhance their skills, expand their professional knowledge and connect them with a vibrant community of peers.

This program qualifies for 6 CPEs (CISA and CISM) under the Continuing Professional Education Policy outlined by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.

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CNY Cybersecurity Connections Announces Speakers for May 20th Symposium: Advanced Persistent Threats, The Cloud, and Mobile

The McDevitt Center is pleased to announce that Dmitri Alperovitch (CrowdStrike, Inc.); John S. Bay, Ph.D. (Cyber Research Institute); Michael L. Kearn, CISSP (US Bank); and Carl Landwehr, Ph.D. (McDevitt Visiting Professor of Computer Science) have all confirmed that they will be joining Dr. Marcus Rogers (Endowed McDevitt Chair in Computer Science at Le Moyne College), for our May 20th program. To register for this exciting and informative symposium, visit

AlperovitchDmitri Alperovitch

Dmitri Alperovitch is the Co-Founder and CTO of CrowdStrike Inc., leading its Intelligence, Labs and Product teams. A renowned computer security researcher, he is a thought1leader on cybersecurity policies and state tradecraft. Prior to founding CrowdStrike, Dmitri was a Vice President of Threat Research at McAfee, where he led company’s global Internet threat intelligence analysis and investigations. As a recognized authority on cyberespionage, cyber warfare, online organized criminal activity, and cybersecurity, Alperovitch has significant experience working as a subject matter expert with all levels of U.S. and international policy makers, intelligence and law enforcement agencies on analysis, investigations, and profiling of transnational organized criminal activities and cyber threats from terrorist and nation-state adversaries. He is a well-respected technical and policy thinker on the most difficult global cybersecurity issues, and is a frequent speaker at military, intelligence, law-enforcement, academic and security industry conferences.

bayJohn S. Bay, Ph.D.

Dr. John S. Bay began his career in academia, as a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, in Blacksburg, VA. He taught mechatronics and robotics and performed research in control theory, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. After leaving academia, he worked as an Engineering Fellow for the Raytheon Company; a Program Manager for the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA); Chief Scientist for the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate in Rome, NY; and as Chief Scientist for Assured Information Assurance (AIS), also in Rome. In 2013 he formed an independent consulting business and in 2014 became the Executive Director of the Cyber Research Institute, which is a not-for-profit scientific research corporation. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, author of 74 publications, and has won numerous awards for his teaching, research, and service in electrical engineering, embedded systems, military command & control, and cybersecurity.

KearnMichael L. Kearn, CISSP

Michael Kearn is responsible for assessing and analyzing technology solutions on behalf of the Consumer Banking division of US Bank. As an Information Security Officer (ISO), he regularly consults with technology and operational risk management executives as an information security subject matter expert. Within his architect role, Mr. Kearn partners on projects for the Consumer Bank and is responsible for ensuring those projects align with information security policy and industry best practices for securing systems. Mr. Kearn brings more than seventeen years of varied experience in Information Technology to his current role.

LandwehrCarl Landwehr, Ph.D.

Dr. Landwehr received his B.S. from Yale University in engineering and applied science and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in computer and communication sciences. His graduate work included development work on the MERIT computer network, which eventually became the Internet. After teaching computer science at Purdue University, he joined the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), where his interest in understanding how we can have confidence in what a computer program does led him to a 23-year career in what is now called cybersecurity research and development. After leaving NRL in 1999, he spent 12 years developing, funding, managing, and guiding national cybersecurity research programs for the National Science Foundation, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In addition to his contributions to the research literature, Dr, Landwehr served four years as editor-in-chief of IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine. He is an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to cybersecurity and was in the first class of 11 individuals inducted into the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame in 2012.

This event may quality for CPEs (CIA and CPA).  For for updated CPE credit information (which should be announced in early May) and for additional biographical information on each speaker please visit CNY Cybersecurity Connections: Advanced Persistent Threats, The Cloud, and Mobile.

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An Orchestral Odyssey

Le Moyne Orchestra at HW-1

On April 27th and April 29th, the Le Moyne College Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Travis Newton (Assistant Professor and Director of Music & Arts Administration) will present “An Orchestral Odyssey,” which will feature music from various space-inspired films and works, including “The Planets,” “Star Wars,” and “ET: The Extra Terrestrial.” The music will be synchronized with big-screen projections of high-resolution images provided by NASA.  The Rev. George Coyne, S.J. (Endowed McDevitt Chair in Physics) will provide scientific context and perspective during the concert.

The April 27th performance will be held at the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts on the Le Moyne College campus from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for senior citizens, and $5 for students and members of the Le Moyne community. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (315) 445-4200.

A second performance will be held on April 29th at H.W. Smith School (1130 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse). Admission is free but donations will be accepted to benefit the H.W. Smith Music Department. For more information call (315) 445-4200.

This event is sponsored by the Le Moyne College Music Program with support from the McDevitt Center.

A Reading By George Saunders: Tuesday, April 28th at Le Moyne College

gsaundersWorld-renowned author, George Saunders, will be reading from his work next Tuesday, April 28th at 5:30pm in Grewen Hall Auditorium on the Le Moyne College campus. Saunders’ reading is part of the Future of Being Human initiative sponsored by the McDevitt Core Professor, Dr. Jennifer Glancy, and the McDevitt Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Saunders has written four collections of short stories, a novella, and a book of essays. His most recent collection, Tenth of December (Random House 2013), won the 2014 Story Prize and the 2014 Folio Prize. The recipient of a 2006 MacArthur Foundation Genius grant, his work appears regularly in The New Yorker, GQ, and Harpers Magazine, and has appeared in the O’HenryBest American Short StoryBest Non-Required Reading, and Best American Travel Writing anthologies. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine in 2013.

To learn more about George Saunders we recommend watching this short video produced by The New Yorker on December 4, 2013 in which Saunders discusses reading, writing, and teaching at Syracuse University.

We also recommend watching his inspirational 2013 Syracuse University Convocation Address that was later reprinted by The New York Times and eventually became the basis for Congratulations by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness (Random House, 2014).

For more information on George Saunders’ talk please e-mail the McDevitt Center at or call 315-445-6200.

Dr. Christiana Peppard to Discuss Environmental Science and Ethics in the Catholic Church

IMG_0279What does environmental change have to do with debates about religion and science? Against the backdrop of the Catholic Church’s multifaceted relationship to scientific inquiry throughout the past few centuries, this talk focuses on evolving Catholic teachings on the intersections of environmental degradation, social justice, and political economy — and their importance for the 21st century.

On Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in the Panasci Family, Christiana Z. Peppard, Ph.D., assistant professor of Theology, Science and Ethics in the Department of Theology, Fordham University, will speak on “Facts and Values: Environmental Science and Ethics in the Catholic Church.” The talk is part of the ongoing Science and Religion in Modern America series. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Peppard received her Ph.D. from Yale University, an M.A.R. in Ethics from Yale Divinity School, and a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University. She is the author of Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis (Orbis Books, 2014) explores the problem of fresh water scarcity in an era of climate change and economic globalization. In addition to authoring numerous peer-reviewed articles, Peppard’s research has also appeared in TED-Ed,, the History Channel, Microsoft’s Global Innovators in Education blog, the Huffington Post, and the Washington Post.

For additional information on Dr. Christiana Peppard we recommend watching this brief interview on Shift by MSNBC where she discusses the Catholic Church’s mandate on climate change:

CNY Cybersecurity Symposium To Be Held Next Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Join Dr. Marcus Rogers (McDevitt Chair in Computer Science at Le Moyne College), The McDevitt Center, Infragard, and CNYIIA for this exciting and very informative symposium.

8:30 am: Coffee and Pastries

9:00 am: Bring Your Own Device – Law, Privacy, and Policy Implications
Speaker: Orin S. Kerr, JD, George Washington University

10:45 am: Privacy: Re-Framing What We Think We Know
Speaker: Kelley Misata, The Open Information Security Foundation

12:15-1:45: Lunch (provided)/Meet and Greet

1:45 pm Panel Discussion
Facilitator: Marc Rogers, Ph.D.
Panelists: Shawn O’Reilly, Paul Silba, Laurie Venditti, Orin S. Kerr, and Kelley Misata

This event is free and open to the public. It will be held in Grewen Auditorium on the Le Moyne College campus. Parking is available in lots A or AA (campus map and driving directions).

This program qualifies for 6 CPEs (CIA and CPA). Category: Advisory Services. The CNY IIA sponsor ID number for NYS is 002212. CPE requirements vary from state to state. Contact your state’s board for information concerning your state’s specific requirements.

To register for this event please visit (registration is still open).

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Denise Buell, Ph.D. to Speak at Le Moyne College

dbuellOn Tuesday, March 31st at 5:30 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel on the Le Moyne College campus, Denise Buell, Dean of the faculty and Professor of Religion at Williams College, will present a talk entitled “To Be One is Always to Become With Many: What Ancient Christians Can Teach Us About the Future of the Human.” The talk is part of the Future of Being Human lecture series. It is sponsored by Dr. Jennifer Glancy, McDevitt-Core Professor, and the McDevitt Center.

How might wrestling with ancient materials help transform contemporary understandings of the human and perhaps even change practices of how we are human? Both the biological category of microbes and the ancient notion of pneuma suggest the radical vulnerability of all creatures, including human ones, a vulnerability that both exhila­rates and terrifies but above all requires a response.

Denise Buell, Ph.D. received her doctorate from Harvard University. A historian of early Christianity, her wide-ranging research interests include critical race and gender theory, religion and cultures of imperial Rome, and religion and science. At Williams College she teaches courses on women’s and gender studies, the development of Christianity, and ghosts in the study of religion. Buell is the author of Why This New Race: Ethnic Reasoning in Early Christianity and Clement of Alexandria and the Rhetoric of Legitimacy.

To learn more about Denise Buell, we suggest watching this brief talk entitled “This is Not a Ghost Story: Rethinking Resurrection:”

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