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Former US Director of National Intelligence talks cybersecurity at UC

A leading expert in cybersecurity is speaking at Utica College this evening.

Posted: Nov 8, 2017 4:30 PM

(November 1, 2017)

UTICA - A leading expert in cybersecurity is speaking at Utica College this evening.


Admiral Mike McConnell is the former U.S. Director of National Intelligence. On the topic of the recent New York City attack, he says that if you collect foreign intelligence there will be Americans in the database, and the question remains, should the FBI have access?

Privacy advocates say it's warrantless surveillance, and that's a small part of a big debate.

McConnell says we are on the road to a cyber crisis as a digitally-dependent nation, between money, communication and automation in the workplace.

“How do you deter a suicide bomber, or how do you deter a small group that has a radical outlook and wants to change the world order? Now, if they have some of these tools which are made by the thousands every year, they can do some strategic harm to the country and that's what I worry about the most,” McConnell said.

McConnell says we are about one million people short to fill the jobs needed in the cybersecurity field.

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