FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2017
Union, N.J.- The rapid expansion of digital technology has led businesses and consumers alike to question their security. On Thursday, June 8, the Cybersecurity Center at Kean University and the Union County Small Business Development Center will co-host The Internet of Things (IoT), a seminar exploring the vast array of networked devices that surround us and the associated risks, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. David Weinstein, New Jersey’s first Chief Technology Officer, will deliver the keynote address at the event.
“Small businesses use technology to increase their productivity and capabilities. Just imagine how losing control over these necessities can set them back?” said Union County SBDC at Kean University Director David Margulies. “We all need to be well versed on how to best mitigate this risk to ensure business continuity.”
The Internet of Things refers to the diverse array of networked devices, ranging from cars and kitchen appliances to heart monitors, able to collect and exchange data through embedded sensors. The seminar will explore potential risks the IoT poses to small businesses and best practices for securing networked devices.
“While smart devices and systems are making life easier for users, the steady adoption of the Internet of Things and the integration of more smart systems into critical infrastructures are making industries and consumers more vulnerable to attacks—possibly with life-threatening repercussions,” said Walter Rant, managing assistant director, Cybersecurity Center at Kean University.
David Weinstein was appointed New Jersey’s first ever chief technology officer by Governor Chris Christie in June of 2016. Weinstein serves in Governor Christie’s cabinet, oversees the New Jersey Office of Information Technology (OIT), and is responsible for developing and implementing strategic policies, information security standards, and requirements for all state departments and agencies.
Several expert speakers will provide valuable insights and industry best practices at The Internet of Things seminar. Breakfast will be served. To register visit: bit.ly/IoTSBDC
ABOUT KEAN UNIVERSITY
Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, with a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment serving nearly 15,000 students. The University’s six undergraduate colleges offer 50 undergraduate degrees over a full range of academic subjects. The Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers four doctorate degree programs and more than 60 options for graduate study leading to master’s degrees, professional diplomas or certifications. With campuses in Union and Toms River, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, Kean University furthers its mission by providing an affordable, accessible and world-class education. Visit www.kean.edu.