Jul. 9, 2016
Brexit: The morning after
I was sitting on a bus headed for upstate New York at 7 a.m. when I heard that the British public had voted to leave the European Union (EU). I grew up in England, meaning that my family and a lot of my friends still live there, so I’d been following the referendum closely, even though I couldn’t vote myself. Immediately, I was in shock — even though preliminary polls had showed that opinion was evenly divided, I’d assumed that, much like the Scottish independence referendum, when voting day came, a lot of people would change their minds and vote to stay.
Feb. 25, 2016
Drexel professor evaluates SEPTA body camera project
SEPTA announced Jan. 8 that it will begin equipping all of its officers with body-worn cameras, becoming the first transit police system in the United States to do so. This initiative was developed and implemented with the intention of both improving interactions between SEPTA officers and citizens as well as aiming to catch crimes on film. Jordan Hyatt, an assistant professor of Drexel’s Department of Criminology and Justice Studies, was brought in as an independent consultant to evaluate the new camera policy’s effectiveness.
Oct. 2, 2015
Pope Francis Delivers Mass on Parkway
Hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to participate in Mass with Pope Francis Sept. 27, as a conclusion of his visit to the United States and the World Meeting of Families. The Inquirer estimated that the western end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway housed 80,000 to 140,000 people.
Aug. 7, 2015
Drexel chooses money over security
The rumors seen everywhere on Drexel social media (including my own personal Facebook rants) in the past few weeks have proven true. The beloved Blue and Gold route is seeing its path altered to exclude the current Walnut Street portion and is shortening its hours from offering service at midnight to sending the last bus from library at 8 p.m. Now, while I’m as upset as the next person that I don’t have a bus to transport my eggs and iced tea from Fresh Grocer anymore, the change in the hours of operation is much more concerning.
Feb. 20, 2015
U.S. Army Reserve partners with universities to create cyber security program
Every day, the United States is bombarded with new and greater threats to national security — though instead of firearms, these attackers’ weapon of choice is a computer. Finding that the need for cybersoldiers greatly outweighs the supply, the U.S. Army Reserve has partnered with six universities, including Drexel University, to help grow the capabilities of its cyber defense program through the Cyber Public Private Partnership Initiative. Thanks in large part to the work of Norman Balchunas, a retired Air Force colonel, this past week saw the debut of the program at Drexel.
Jul. 25, 2014
Drexel implements much-needed data security protocols
In February 2014, a Drexel employee in the Steinbright Career Development Center accidentally released the student ID numbers and other information of over 5,000 students. The employee attached the wrong attachment to an email that went out to several hundred students, and the damage was done. Students were shocked and pushed for answers from the University, and everyone whose information was disclosed had to be assigned a new ID number. This was annoying, especially for upperclassmen who had to memorize a new ID number a few months before graduation.
Jun. 4, 2014
Tech Tuesday – June 3, 2014
App Alert: Check
Apr. 22, 2014
Tech Tuesday – April 22, 2014
App Alert: Kitestring
Apr. 18, 2014
OpenSSL exploit affects millions
Over the last week, the Internet has been abuzz with the Heartbleed bug and its effect on OpenSSL sites. Most people have no idea what this means, nor what effect, if any, it will have on them. For that reason, I wanted to write this piece, just to do my best to make sure everyone can understand what went wrong and how it will affect them.
Feb. 21, 2014
Communicating effectively to address a data breach
When the Office of the Provost sent an email the morning of Feb. 17 to the 5,379 students whose information was inadvertently disclosed in an email from the Steinbright Career Development Center to 479 students, news of the incident spread like wildfire. Students were understandably appalled that the University failed to safeguard their personal information and also annoyed that their student ID numbers would be changed. As inconvenient as that may be, we’re fortunate that more sensitive information was not disclosed. We can only hope that the corrective action Drexel is taking in response to the incident will be effective. From what we’ve seen so far, it’s been handled very professionally, so we should show the same professional respect to the University in response.