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Katz School Leaders Share Insights at Cybertech NYC Conference

Sivan Tehila being interviewed by i24 News.
Dean Paul Russo addressed resilience to disinformation.

Two Katz School leaders, Dean Paul Russo and Sivan Tehila, shared their expertise and insights on the resilience to disinformation and talent development in cybersecurity, respectively, at Cybertech NYC, the largest conference on cybersecurity in North American on October 20 in Manhattan.

In a panel discussion on society’s resilience to disinformation in social media, Dr. Russo said AI algorithms are amplifying the forces of disinformation, hate speech, political polarization and terrorism worldwide with a bias toward inflammatory content.

He said systematic changes should include government regulation; university researchers working with social media companies to encourage transparency in data and algorithms; changes to privacy, data policies and technology that would balance incendiary content with alternative perspectives; creating “friction” to avoid over-posting by the most egregious users; imposing timeouts for binge participants; and developing training that would encourage smarter and savvy users.

In another panel discussion on women in cybersecurity, Tehila, the newly appointed program director for Katz's cybersecurity master' program, said one of the reasons there are few women in the profession is that they’re not exposed to cybersecurity at a young age.

When she moved to New York in 2019, she founded Cyber Ladies NYC. which has since grown to 250 women. She added that she’s encouraging women to join the industry by developing a cyber program at the Manhattan High School for Girls, participating in conferences like Cybertech, and providing a high-quality cyber curriculum at Yeshiva University.

Cybertech, according to its website, is the cyber industry’s foremost B2B networking platform conducting industry-related events all around the globe [where businesses can] learn all about the latest technological innovations, challenges, and solutions to combating threats within the global cyber arena.

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