Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ITWS Student - Study Abroad in Singapore!

ITWS Senior Hayley spent last semester studying abroad in Singapore.  Check out her video!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Lecturer/ Professor of Practice Positions Open in the ITWS program at RPI.

The ITWS program is hiring for two new Lecturer/Professor of Practice positions.  Please share this with anyone who might be interested in applying.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Study says RPI offers best return on investment for upstate New York grads

Jun 18, 2014, 10:37am EDT

Study says RPI offers best return on investment for upstate New York grads

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute offers the strongest return on financial investment of any college in upstate New York.

So says PayScale, a compensation-data firm headquartered in Seattle.

PayScale released a report earlier this year on the earning potential of graduates from more than 1,000 U.S. colleges, including 40 in upstate New York. Click on the College Guide logo above (with the View Photos tab) to see the complete upstate standings from bottom to top.

Rensselaer, a private engineering school in Troy, is the upstate leader with 20-year adjusted net earnings of $607,100 for the typical graduate.

PayScale ranks colleges according to the adjusted earning power of their alumni. It calculates the average total income for a graduate of a given school, covering the first 20 years after college. Then it subtracts two sums -- the cost of college and the average earnings that a high school graduate could expect over the same period.

What remains, theoretically, are the earnings that can be attributed to attending a given school.
Rounding out the top five for upstate New York are Cornell, Colgate, Clarkson and Binghamton universities.
The University at Buffalo is the highest-rated college from Western New York. It's 10th in the upstate standings.

PayScale produced two sets of data for all public schools, providing separate breakdowns for in-state and out-of-state students. The rankings that accompany this story are limited to the in-state calculations.

Several upstate colleges are not included in PayScale's rankings because of insufficient data.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

ITWS and CS Colloquium - Simson Garfinkel Talk Rescheduled for February 21st, 2014 at 3:30 PM in DCC 337


Prof. Simson L. Garfinkel
Naval Postgraduate School
Arlington, Virginia

Digital Forensics Innovation: Searching A Terabyte of Data in 10 minutes

Most digital forensics tools follow a simple model of “visibility, filter and report” – the tool extracts all of the information on a subject’s disk drive, this information is filtered according to search terms, and finally a detailed report is created by a trained examiner. The problem with this model is that it cannot keep up with the growing amount of storage on desktops and in the cloud, the increasing diversity of data formats, or the growing perniciousness of malware.

This talk presents a new approach that allows rapid triage of digital storage devices using random sampling, bulk data analysis, and the presence of distinct, recognizable sectors that are commonly found in user-generated documents, multimedia, and encrypted files. It shows how a 30MB piece of video hidden on a 1TB hard drive can be found in less than 10 minutes, even if the video deleted and partially overwritten so that no file headers, footers, or metadata can be recovered. We show how we can deploy this technique on a laptop in the field with a custom-built database with a billion rows that can perform more than a thousand lookups per second.

Simson L. Garfinkel is an Associate Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School. Based in Arlington VA, Garfinkel’s research interests include computer forensics, the emerging field of usability and security, personal information management, privacy, information policy and terrorism. He holds six US patents for his computer-related research and has published dozens of journal and conference papers in security an
computer forensics.

Garfinkel is the author or co-author of fourteen books on computing. He is perhaps best known for his book Database Nation: The Death of Privacy in the 21st Century. Garfinkel’s most successful book, Practical UNIX and Internet Security (co-authored with Gene Spafford), has sold more than 250,000 copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages since the first edition was published in 1991.

Garfinkel is also a journalist and has written more than a thousand articles about science, technology, and technology policy in the popular press since 1983. He started writing about identity theft in 1988. He has won numerous national journalism awards, including the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award two years in a row for his “Machine shop” series in CSO magazine. Today he mostly writes for Technology Review Magazine and the website.

As an entrepreneur, Garfinkel founded five companies between 1989 and 2000. Two of the most successful were Vineyard.NET, which provided Internet service on Martha’s Vineyard to more than a thousand customers from 1995 through 2005, and Sandstorm Enterprises, an early developer of commercial computer forensic tools.

Garfinkel received three Bachelor of Science degrees from MIT in 1987, a Master’s of Science in Journalism from Columbia University in 1988, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT in 2005.

Hosted by:  Prof. Peter Fox (x4862) and Prof. Jim Hendler (x4401)

Friday, February 21, 2014
DCC 337 – 3:30 p.m.
Refreshments served at 3:00 p.m.