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More than 150 Attend Cyber Security Conference at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)August 27, 2015

MAHWAH, N.J. – Ramapo College of New Jersey, in collaboration with America’s Small Business Development Centers New Jersey, hosted a Cyber Security Conference on August 13. More than 150 participants representing area businesses attended the event. Vince Vicari, regional director of New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC), served as moderator.

Among the topics discussed were how small and medium businesses can adopt and adapt appropriate approaches to cybersecurity, and how to use tools and techniques to thwart cyberattacks without constraining business innovation and growth.

“Sadly, cyberattacks have become daily occurrences affecting businesses and individuals alike,” said Lewis M. Chakrin, Dean, Anisfield School of Business at Ramapo College.  “Thus, as educators, it is essential for us to help our students and business partners acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to protect themselves and their enterprises.  Ramapo College is proud to partner with NJSBDC in this important effort.”

Steve Gutkin, associate director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness, was the keynote speaker. Special guest speakers included: Jeff Barto, Trust Strategist, Symantec; David G. Munson, Global Director, Security Sales, Security Business Unit, IBM; Shiraz Saeed, Product Specialist, Cyber, AIG; and Matthew Barry Smith, president and CEO, Sec Lingua, Inc.

Ramapo College is the location for an affiliate office of the NJSBDC, which provides assistance to small business owners and entrepreneurs in New Jersey.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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