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Seton Hill Partners with National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance on Cybersecurity Initiatives

First-of-its-Kind Partnership will provide Seton Hill students with internship, research opportunities

Greensburg, Pa. – Seton Hill University and the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA) have established a first-of-its-kind partnership that will provide Seton Hill cybersecurity students with internship and research opportunities with the NCFTA as well as provide an opportunity for collaboration in the development of Seton Hill cybersecurity courses.

Seton Hill’s cybersecurity program is the first bachelor’s degree program to partner with the NCFTA, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit corporation focused on identifying, mitigating, and neutralizing cybercrime threats globally.

"Seton Hill is pleased to work with the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance on this unique partnership that will enable our students to be on the cutting edge of the technological training they need to prepare for the Information Technology security field of the future," said Mary C. Finger, Ed.D., Seton Hill University President. "Through our Office of Academic Innovation and Planning, Seton Hill faculty have been working with business leaders throughout southwestern Pennsylvania to develop academic programs, including cybersecurity, that meet the region’s workforce needs. The partnership with NCFTA will provide our students with the skills regional employers are seeking and prepare them for their careers."

"As the world becomes more and more digitally connected, financial markets, healthcare systems, and governments are at ever increasing risk to global cyber threats, and Seton Hill's partnership with the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance will help our students learn to identify solutions," said Seton Hill Provost Susan Yochum, SC, Ph.D. "Seton Hill’s cybersecurity major is designed to advance as technology does and the partnership with the NCFTA will provide  yet another avenue for Seton Hill students to be on the front lines of this important field. Seton Hill students will have a real edge with real-world opportunities."

"NCFTA has been working with industry and government partners for over 15 years.  As such, we continue to recognize that the cyber-security community is an ever-changing field requiring highly skilled individuals," said Steve Mancini, Chief Technical Officer and Director of Strategic Operations at NCFTA.  "With our continued dependence on technology and the need to protect it, the gap between the needs of industry and government and the available workforce is growing. Through this partnership, our goal is to help Seton Hill develop curriculum, based on industry and government needs, to meet this gap and at the same time, provide NCFTA with a cadre of technical students who can assist us in our efforts to help our industry and government partners stay more secure."

The partnership between Seton Hill University and NCFTA will provide Seton Hill students with the ability to serve as interns with NCFTA as well as collaborate onsite for possible capstone and research projects with the organization.

In addition, Seton Hill and NCFTA will collaborate on using real-world operational experience provided by NCFTA personnel in the development of Seton Hill cybersecurity courses, allowing the University’s program to adapt as new cybersecurity threats are identified.

The National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA) is a non-profit corporation founded in 2002, focused on identifying, mitigating, and neutralizing cybercrime threats globally. The NCFTA operates by conducting real-time information sharing and analysis with Subject Matter Experts (SME) in the public, private, and academic sectors. Through these partnerships, the NCFTA proactively identifies cyber threats in order to help partners take preventive measures to mitigate those threats. The NCFTA has a proven track record and has long been identified as the model for private/public partnerships. Today, the NCFTA model, best practices, and lessons learned are being leveraged and emulated in countries around the world. Our membership is constantly growing both nationally and internationally across private industry, law enforcement, government, and academia.
International Alliance Against Counterfeiting

The NCFTA and the Ugo Bordoni Foundation [Fondazione Ugo Bordoni] of Italy announce a new strategic partnership.  On July 18, 2016, FUB Presidente Alessandro Luciano, Carlo Villanacci of the Italian Embassy, and Maurizio Pellegrini from the Research Director’s staff were hosted at the NCFTA to sign a Memorandum of Understanding and discuss their new partnership.  Through this collaboration, the two organizations will start a research activity aimed at eCommerce activities, protecting trademarks and patents and ally in the fight against counterfeiting.
The Pittsburgh visit began with a tour of NCFTA facilities and informal meet & greet, followed by the NCFTA overview and more detailed presentations, concluding with the signing of the MOU.  The NCFTA is looking forward to collaborating with the Italian foundation to combat the threats of cyber crime globally.
"Our goal", Alessandro Luciano, President of the Foundation, said, "is to combine American best practices and the scientific competence of the Foundation, recently proven with provision of technical support for Italian Ministry of Economic Development - Patent and Trademark Office as part of the fight against counterfeiting. I will be in the United States in the next few days to present this project to Armando Varricchio, the Italian Ambassador in Washington, and to finalize the last details of the collaboration with the NCFTA".

Partnerships in the new locations will help to combat global cyber crime threats

Pittsburgh, PA – January 8, 2016 – The National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), a growing non-profit cyber threat information sharing organization based in Pittsburgh, has announced it will be opening offices in Los Angeles and New York City in 2016. 

The NCFTA was established in Pittsburgh in 2002, as a neutral, trusted environment for companies, government, and academia to work together on indentifying, mitigating, and ultimately neutralizing cyber crime threats globally.  "This will be the first expansion of the NCFTA," said Matt LaVigna, Interim President & CEO. "We believe this is the right direction to take to increase industry opportunities to work together, side by side with law enforcement in our neutral environment and build upon the successes we’ve had in Pittsburgh."

Through the NCFTA, leading companies, subject matter experts, and strategic government agencies work side by side in a neutral environment to responsibly share cyber threat information in order to develop threat intelligence as part of an international effort to combat and defeat cyber crime. Companies come from multiple industries and from around the globe – including financial services, pharmaceutical, energy, telecommunications, technology, manufacturing, and retail – to work with the NCFTA and government agencies. As partners, participating companies learn about cyber threats in real time and are able take proactive steps to mitigate and protect their systems, assets, data, reputation, and customers. 

By expanding its physical presence, the NCFTA strives to provide a number of benefits to existing partners, including increased opportunity for on-site industry participation, a substantial increase in threat visibility derived from increased company participation, and additional industry and sector coverage to companies located on the West Coast and in the New York area. "We will look to leverage our successful Pittsburgh model through facilities on the East and West Coasts and further our ‘One Team, One Goal’ mission statement", said LaVigna.

 "The NCFTA’s work in Pittsburgh has contributed directly to countless FBI investigations," said Randall Coleman, Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. "We’re excited to collaborate with the NCFTA as it expands and are deeply grateful for all the organization has done to help the FBI, the U.S. government, and governments around the world combat cyber crime." 

"We are extremely pleased with our ongoing relationship with the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance. Our involvement with NCFTA gives us key access to an environment of multidisciplinary industry sectors, skills and resources so important to helping our students improve their understanding of what it takes to combat cyber crime and the platform to assist our world-class faculty in developing critical risk assessment tools," said Michael Spring, a professor of information science and technology at the University of Pittsburgh.

The NCFTA emphasizes that cyber crime can also support and enable other crimes including human and drug trafficking, terrorist activities, child exploitation, and other illicit activities. Through NCFTA initiatives, hundreds of criminal and civil investigations which otherwise would not have been addressed have been launched. 

The NCFTA anticipates the new offices will be opened in Los Angeles and New York during fiscal year 2016.

Europol and NCFTA partner up to fight cybercrime

"Leveraging Consumer Feedback to Identify and Combat Counterfeiting," an article written by Laurie Iacono and Jason Calhoun of the NCFTA, was published in the December 2016 issue of the Michigan State University A-CAPP’s Brand Protection Professional.  The article highlights the NCFTA’s partnerships and coordination with the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), DHS Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Better Business Bureau (BBB).

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