SJSU Promotes Online Safety During Cyber Security Month

Dr. Srinivas Mukkamala, co-founder and CEO of RiskSense, gave a keynote speech on Oct. 5 about cybersecurity

Dr. Srinivas Mukkamala, co-founder and CEO of RiskSense, gave a keynote speech on Oct. 5 about cyber security.

San Jose State University has joined with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its partners across the country to highlight the importance of cyber security and online safety as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

“The majority of Information Security incidents on campus are easily prevented,” said Mike Cook, SJSU’s information security officer (ISO). “Minor changes to your day to day habits can help keep your information safe.”

See tips in this month’s ITS Security Newsletter. DHS has created a site with tips as part of its public awareness campaign Stop. Think. Connect.

SJSU’s continues to be a primary educator of future cyber security professionals and is strongly involved in research around the industry. The university has been designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity Education through 2019 and is home to the Silicon Valley Big Data and Cybersecurity Center.

Dr. Lee Chang joined the center as its executive director in July and has been cultivating an environment of multi-disciplinary collaboration with faculty across the university in three critical areas:  program development, teaching, and research.  Lee will take the lead in defining a vision and direction for the Center to become a national and international leader in cybersecurity and big data.

“Many of us at CIES have worked with Lee and appreciate his “can do” attitude and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Ruth Huard, dean of CIES, when she announced his appointment.

Innovation and Collaboration Keynote

At SJSU’s Innovation and Collaboration Expo, Dr. Srinivas Mukkamala, co-founder and CEO of RiskSense, gave a keynote speech on Oct. 5 about cyber security. His keynote shared insight into the ways response to cyber security of changed as technology evolved as well as thoughts on where the future of the industry is heading.

San Jose State University hosts the 2016 Innovation and Collaboration Technology Expo at the Diaz Compean Student Union Ballroom in San Jose, CA. on Wednesday, Oct. 5. (Photo: Christina Olivas)

San Jose State University hosts the 2016 Innovation and Collaboration Technology Expo at the Diaz Compean Student Union Ballroom in San Jose, CA. on Wednesday, Oct. 5. (Photo: Christina Olivas)

Mukkamala has been published in more than 120 peer-reviewed publications in the area of information assurance, malware analytics, digital forensics, data mining and bioinformatics. He holds a bachelor in computer science and engineering from the University of Madras, India, as well as a master’s and doctorate in computer science from New Mexico Tech. He was one of the lead researchers involved in Computational Analysis of Cyber Terrorism against the US (CACTUS) at New Mexico Tech, New Mexico State University and the Naval Postgraduate School. The team was awarded a $5 million grant to develop a multi-agent system that would be able to conduct real-time analysis and monitoring of selected foreign language websites.

“I learned a lot as a student,” he said. “I wouldn’t have gotten the same exposure at any other university. We looked at a lot of data – 90 percent of it was parsing the data.”

In 2002, researchers showed how hackers could use a printer to break into a network, something that had not been considered a possibility in the past. As the “internet of things” expands with more everyday items such as cell phones, medical devices, cars and more connected to the world, he said network vulnerabilities continue to increase.

“It only takes one entry point,” he said.

Mukkamala holds the patent on “Intelligent Agents for Distributed Intrusion Detection System and Method of Practicing.” RiskSense provides a test of web applications for its customers that assigns a score of their vulnerability to cyber attacks using data analysis.

“Our team is comprised of industry-leading cyber security experts, experienced application security engineers, and dedicated penetration testers who use their deep understanding of malware tactics, techniques, and the advanced threats to stop exploitation by hackers,” according to the RiskSense website.

SJSU Community Inivited to 2016 Innovation and Collaboration Expo

More than 30 San Jose State University students, faculty and staff members will share the ways they are using technology to enhance teaching and learning at the Innovation and Collaboration Expo on Oct. 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Student Union Ballroom. Register online by Sept. 30.

In its third year, the event is open to students, staff and faculty at SJSU. The public and members of other California State University campuses are also invited to attend. The majority of speakers and panelists will be faculty and staff who will share examples of how they have incorporated technology into their teaching to support student success.

President Mary Papazian will welcome guests on the first day of the Expo at 10 a.m., followed by keynote speaker Srinivas Mukkamala at 11 a.m. Mukkamala is the co-founder and CEO of RiskSense, a pioneer and market leader in proactive cyber risk management. As October is Cybersecurity Awareness month, he will discuss research and development of security technology including malware analytics, breach exposure management, web application security and enterprise risk reduction.

The remainder of the Expo will include panels that allow students, faculty and staff to share the ways they are using technology at SJSU. Some of the scheduled panels include discussions of course design and resource selection; the use of WebEx to enhance student engagement; options for gathering and analyzing data; CSU Chancellor’s Office initiatives on affordable learning solutions and accessible technology; and more.

For the full schedule of events and to register, visit the Innovation and Collaboration Expo 2016 website. Registered attendees will have a chance to win a prize at the event.

Bob Wrenn Appointed as Inteirm AVP of ITS/CIO at SJSU

I am very pleased to announce the selection of Bob Wrenn as the interim AVP for Information Technology Services and CIO, effective Sept. 19, 2016.  Bob will succeed Terry Vahey, who has decided to retire and whose last day on campus will be Sept. 16.

Bob joined San Jose State University in September 2015 in a temporary position before being appointed as senior director and associate CIO of Enterprise Solutions in March 2016. In his role, he has been integral in streamlining processes in ITS while also building relationships between developers and the greater campus community.

As associate CIO, he contributed extensively to the creation of an ITS strategic plan and has established a focus on application solutions that support student success. Some of the projects completed or under way include a supplemental application process for transfer students, online advising tools, and the implementation of a student data warehouse, among other projects in line with SJSU’s Four Pillars of Student Success.

Before joining SJSU, Bob served most recently as vice president of Enterprise Business Applications at Hewlett Packard, where he was responsible for managing and leading teams in enterprise system application development and business operations management. At HP, he was responsible for managing projects, policies, budgets, user expectations and requirements, development, quality assurance and production cycles. In his time there he also held multiple senior management positions in Information Technology and Enterprise Customer Support.

Bob holds a master’s in industrial engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. In addition, he has completed three continuing education courses at Stanford University on “Intelligence with Data,” and has used those skills to work closely with others on campus to start the implementation of a student data warehouse solution and predictive analytics models.

I am confident students, faculty and staff will find Bob to be a capable leader who is adept at balancing the many technology needs on our campus. Please join me in congratulating him on his appointment.

Sincerely,

Andy Feinstein

AVP of ITS/CIO Terry Vahey Set to Retire

After 32 years of distinguished service to the CSU and four and a half years at San Jose State University, Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer Terry Vahey, who has provided strong leadership and guidance to IT Services, has decided to retire. Her last day on campus will be Sept. 16.

I will be working closely with Terry and the IT Services leadership team in the coming weeks to develop a transition plan. In the meantime, please join me in congratulating Terry on her retirement and acknowledging her contributions to SJSU.

It has been my pleasure to work more closely with her since IT Services moved to Academic Affairs in December. She provided steady guidance to her team during the changeover.

Throughout her tenure at SJSU, Terry provided administrative and strategic vision and leadership for current and emerging technologies, infrastructure and security.  She oversaw the implementation of robust wireless and network infrastructure that supports the entire campus, along with an upgraded, modernized phone system. Terry has also been integral in leading our transformation of teaching and learning spaces with collaboration, video and interactive technology tools.

As AVP of IT Services and CIO, she has worked to enhance communication between IT Services and campus users, most recently with a customer service survey. She has specifically worked to highlight the ways in which technology can serve student success. Under her leadership, the SJSU Innovation and Collaboration Technology Expo was launched as a venue for students, faculty and staff to share ways they have successfully integrated tech tools to enhance teaching and learning.

Join me in thanking Terry for her service to our campus and wishing her well in her future endeavors.

Sincerely,

Andy Feinstein

SJSU Librarians Use Research to Guide Student Success

Bernd Becker, left, and Diana Wu, have been recognized for prolific research, with the most publications in their areas of expertise in the nation for the last five years.

Bernd Becker, left, and Diana Wu, have been recognized for prolific research, with the most publications in their areas of expertise in the nation for the last five years.

Bernd Becker and Diana Wu, along with other faculty members who work at SJSU’s University Library are more than just librarians. They are prolific researchers who study how students use libraries in hopes of improving student success and information literacy.

San Jose State University’s Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr. Library has been recognized as having the most prolific university library researchers in the nation based on number of articles published in subject specialty journals in the last five years (2011-2015), with Becker recognized for the most publications in the category of behavioral/social sciences and Wu recognized for the most publications in the category of information literacy and business resources. SJSU was ranked third overall out of 278 four-year institutions of higher learning for all categories. The rankings were announced at the Special Libraries Annual Conference in Philadelphia on June 13.

“My research focuses on the advances in technology as it influences the way academic librarians deliver their services and expertise,” said Becker, who has worked with the University Library for more than seven years, and was promoted to associate librarian in August 2015. “This interest is fueled by the innovative spirit that resides in Silicon Valley, and the readiness of the SJSU University Library to explore new approaches to academic librarianship.”

SJSU was cited as “best in the nation” in behavioral/social sciences for Becker’s work and business for Wu’s contributions, accounting for 26 percent and 28 percent of the national share of papers. SJSU librarians, who are classified as faculty members, published 36 articles in subject specialty journals in the last five years, outpacing their publication record for the previous 10-year analysis period (2000-2010).

Valeria Molteni, the interim associate dean for Research and Scholarship, said the active research by SJSU librarians ranges from research to improve how students use library resources in specific disciplines to collection development to how to best incorporate technology to how to help people develop skills to get the information they need in the moment.

“We are also doing research about space and how students experience it so we can improve services,” Molteni noted, adding that digital screens were added to 22 study rooms because through research librarians discovered that students wanted a way to practice presentations.

Emily Chan, the academic liaison librarian and scholarly communications coordinator, agreed that much of the research is focused on making libraries a third place where students spend their time outside of their homes or work places.

“The library is not only a place to study, but to eat, to socialize and to play,” Chan said.

Becker’s research is focused on developing best practices and principles for implementing high-tech, efficient library services for students and the university.

“Our library supports students who are going to be tech leaders,” Chan said. “We want to try to incorporate that and be responsive.”

During a sabbatical this fall, Becker plans to refine a longitudinal assessment tool of information literacy skills that he developed with fellow SJSU psychology professor Clifton Oyamot.

“My hope is to make this tool scalable so that any SJSU department interested in assessing information literacy can easily adopt it into the curriculum,” he said.

Diana Wu, who has worked with the University Library for nearly 30 years, said she is interested in how users receive and use information to fulfill their daily needs.

“For our students, I am especially concerned with how they educate themselves to become productive citizens,” she said.

Since she started with the University Library, she has been focused on information literacy and has coauthored multiple papers with other SJSU colleagues including Malu Roldan, Sue Kendall, Marilyn Easter, Bobbi Makani, Ann Agee and Connie Haley, from Chicago State University. Her articles, available on SJSU’s Scholarworks, have been downloaded 2,385 times by scholars at 111 institutions in 64 countries.

Wu and Becker’s research is ultimately focused on supporting student success. Becker said he appreciates his library colleagues and administration’s focus on placing student success above everything else.

“Student success is at the heart of my research,” he said. “Being that SJSU is a research and writing-intensive university, we have found that our students rely heavily on the University Library as they progress towards graduation. My research is dedicated to uncovering what their library needs are, and how we can best meet those needs.”

Wu said she helped to develop a campus-wide survey to collect data assessing information literacy proficiency, which has been helpful since information literacy has become one of the core proficiencies for graduation that is assessed by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for accreditation.

In the coming year, she plans to work with junior colleagues on investigating student’s information seeking behavior in an era where most students rely on mobile devices to access information.
“Doing research is a long journey, and sometimes it can be lonely,” Wu said. “It requires dedication and self-discipline, but also requires support and encouragement. We need one another to generate and share knowledge for our students and the scholarly community – so be supportive and ready to listen.”

Wu said she has appreciated the encouragement through the years from administrators, including former Provost Carmen Sigler and former library Dean Patricia Senn Breivik, both of whom supported her as she completed “Information Literacy at the Workplace: a Cross-Cultural Perspective” with a grant from the Business Reference and Services Section of the American Library Association.

“We are always presenting and always moving forward,” Molteni said. “We are always looking for change.”

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