ALBANY, NY (March 30, 2022) – It has been more than a month since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, sparking the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II. More than 10 million people have been displaced since the start of the invasion and hundreds have been killed.

Besides the fierce ground combat, there is also the secondary digital battlefield. Ukraine has mobilized computer experts, calling for volunteers who can defend against Russian hackers and prepare their own attacks to disrupt Russian infrastructure.

Experts from the University of Albany will discuss how cybersecurity and information sharing are shaping warfare in Ukraine during a Zoom webinar on Thursday, March 31 at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is mandatory.

UAlbany experts include:

  • Brian Nussbaum, assistant professor at the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. Nussbaum’s research focuses on cyber threats, terrorism and terrorism analysis, homeland security, risk and intelligence analysis, and critical infrastructure protection. He previously served as a senior intelligence analyst at the New York State Bureau of Counterterrorism.
  • David Rousseau, associate professor of political science at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and associate professor at the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. Rousseau’s research focuses on military conflict, shared identity, political development and foreign policy. He has held various positions at the University at Albany, including as former Dean of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.
  • David Touretsky, professor of practice at the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. Turetsky has over 35 years of experience in business, government and law. Immediately prior to joining UAlbany, he was based in Washington, DC, where he co-led the cybersecurity, privacy and data protection practice at a global law firm. He was inducted into the Information Sharing Hall of Fame in 2020.

The discussion will be moderated by UAlbany Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Theresa Pardo.

About University at Albany:

Public comprehensive research university, the University of Albany-SUNY offers more than 120 undergraduate majors and minors and 125 master’s, doctoral and graduate certificate programs. UAlbany is a leader among all colleges and universities in New York State in fields as diverse as atmospheric and environmental sciences, business, education, public health, health sciences, criminal justice, emergency preparedness, engineering and applied sciences, IT, public administration, social well-being and sociology, taught by a long list of faculty experts. It also offers expanded academic and research opportunities for students through an affiliation with Albany Law School. With a program enriched with 600 opportunities for study abroad, UAlbany launches great careers.

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