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Last week, the FBI raided the home of a Niskayuna man they say stole trade secrets from General Electric’s power division in Schenectady, and took him away in handcuffs. The GE employee with ties to China is accused of hiding company files in an image of a sunset, which he then sent to a personal email address. Charges filed do not allege that the man sold the information.  

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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos is the president-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State.  A key priority he plans to focus on is election security. In March, he testified before the U.S. Select Committee on Intelligence on the topic and this week the Democrat returned to testify before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

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New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer will visit the campus of SUNY Adirondack today to meet with school leaders about cybersecurity.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott made additional appointments to his Cybersecurity Advisory Team on Monday.

The New York State Writers Institute’s Telling the Truth in a Post-Truth World is a multi-day forum which will explore timely topics critical to an open democratic society including the rise of "fake news" and "alternative facts;" pressures on the First Amendment and a free press; media literacy; information overload; hacking and cybersecurity; and issues of race and class, among others.

Featured appearances will include Kurt Andersen, journalist, editor, radio host, and author of the new book Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History; Bob Schieffer, former anchor of CBS Evening News and Face the Nation; Floyd Abrams, the nation's preeminent First Amendment lawyer; Lydia Polgreen, editor-in-chief of HUFFPOST and more than two dozen prominent journalists, editors, historians, and authors. 

Author and journalist Paul Grondahl is the Director of The New York State Writer’s Institute and he joins us along with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and founder and Executive Director of the Writers Institute, William Kennedy.

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In light of the recent massive data breach at the credit reporting company Equifax, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration is taking steps to make sure that in the future, the credit agencies have better cybersecurity in place.


Cybersecurity officials often warn us not to use the same password for every banking, email and social media account, but creating so many unique codes is a hassle to remember. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Brent Heeringa, chair of the Williams College Computer Science Department, about his new app, Valt, which uses photos, rather than passwords, to get into safeguarded accounts.

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In the wake of an international ransomware attack that impacted thousands of computers in more than 150 countries, Jim Hendler of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY is in the studio to discuss cybersecurity. Jim is the Director of the Institute For Data Exploration and Applications. He is also the former chief scientist of the Information Systems Office at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

From left: Jonathan Rajewski, Devi Momot, Vermont Assistant Attorney General Ryan Kriger, JayKramer, Paul Konschak
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Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont is home to the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation.  The state-of-the-art lab allows students to assist in computer forensics and digital investigations in the public and private sectors.  The facilities recently hosted a cybersecurity forum for businesses and non-profits to help them understand digital threats.

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A recent cybersecurity conference at Champlain College in Burlington discussed how companies should respond to cyber threats.  In a case study highlighting how to deal with reporters after a hacking, officials from the FBI and Burlington Electric Department discussed how they handled widely publicized reports that the utility had been hacked by Russians, when it wasn’t.

The state is giving UMass Amherst $5 million to establish a public-private data science and cybersecurity research collaborative.

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The University at Albany has launched a new bachelor’s degree program in emergency preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity.

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The MassMutual Foundation has announced a $15 million grant to support the cybersecurity program at UMass Amherst over the next 10 years.

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Federal investigators found significant cybersecurity weaknesses in the health insurance websites of California, Kentucky and Vermont that could enable hackers to get their hands on sensitive personal information on hundreds of thousands of people.

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New York's Senior U.S. Senator is raising concern about threats to upstate power grids, bank databases and telecommunications network systems.

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Cybersecurity is a growing educational and professional field as well as an increasing concern for governments, companies and individuals who store or disclose sensitive information online. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is hosting a talk at Berkshire Community College Saturday focused on how people can protect their information online. The speaker is Dr. Larry Snyder, the director of Bay Path University’s cybersecurity program in Springfield. Snyder has nearly three decades of experience in law enforcement, fraud and auditing with the U.S. Army and a variety of industries. Snyder spoke with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis about cybersecurity and online threats.

Marist Teams Up With Tech Company For Cybersecurity

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A college in the Hudson Valley has teamed up with a technology company to launch a cybersecurity initiative.

1/14/15 Panel

Jan 14, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post & WAMC’s Ray Graf.

Topics include the Charlie Hebdo cover, Methane Emission Rules, Cybersecurity, Boko Haram, and Rep. Randy Weber's Twitter mistake.

10/22/14 Panel

Oct 22, 2014


  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Ben Bradlee
Cybersecurity and iCloud in China
CIA on Panetta
Ukraine Economy
Renee Zellweger

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Norwich University has received a $2.3 million federal grant to help with cybersecurity education.

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With the school year just getting started, the Pittsfield Public School district has already experienced a cyber attack.

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Upcoming competitions in Massachusetts and New York look to expand awareness of the growing field of cybersecurity.

The Cyber Aces championships in seven states are part of a nationwide online effort that have drawn more than 10,000 participants since fall. Allan Paller is the founder of Cyber Aces, a non-profit educational and workplace training group.

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The security breach at Target that affected an estimated 40 million credit and debit card accounts has unnerved people as the holiday shopping season nears a peak.  What exactly happened is still unknown.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill spoke with Larry Snyder, the director of the Cybersecurity Management Program at Bay Path College.

Mass. Addressing Cybersecurity Needs

Sep 12, 2013
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In an era of cyber-based security risks, Massachusetts is addressing the ever-changing field.