Abstract:  The State of Cybersecurity and Cybersecurity in the State

The Cyber Research Institute is a not-for-profit research corporation chartered by the state of New York to transition federally-funded research into the private sector in general, and to economic priorities of the State, in particular.

This presentation will address two topics. The first will be the CRI’s assessment of what the current state of cyber security is, in terms of federal and state policy, technology, and regulation, and what the current emphasis is for researchers, threat analysts, and security service providers. The second will be the standing and positioning of the State as it relates to state-based corporations, agencies, and institutions.

With various Executive Orders, departmental policies, and the CISA legislation enacted in 2015, the U.S. is making significant changes to its policy and strategy in cybersecurity. These changes will flow down to every corporation and agency operating in the nation, and there will be major changes in corporate governance that result. Cybersecurity is now a zeroth-order concern for corporate boards, insurance underwriters, and regulatory agencies. In this talk we will discuss how the technological landscape of today’s cybersecurity environment will affect us all through the legal, regulatory, and policy changes that are now being enacted.


Dr. John S. Bay received his Ph.D. In electrical engineering from The Ohio State University in 1988. From 1988 to 1999, he was a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). In 1999, be became an Engineering Fellow at the Raytheon Company. In 2001, he became a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he stayed until 2005. From 2005 until 2009, he was Chief Scientist of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate, in Rome, NY. In 2009, he returned to industry as Sr. Vice President and Chief Scientist at Assured Information Security (AIS), before becoming the Executive Director of the Cyber Research Institute in 2014.

Dr. Bay is a Fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to embedded systems, winner of an IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award, recipient of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, and recipient of the HKN C. Holmes MacDonald award for teaching.