PSEG’s Information Security Director gives a talk on cybersecurity

As part of the Petersheim Academic Expo 2022, the Department of Mathematics and Computing at the College of Arts and Sciences hosted Gurdeep Kaur, Chief Information Security Officer at PSEG, to deliver its annual Charles Franke at the “Mathematics, Computer Science and Data Science Day” conference organized on Friday, April 29.

Titled “Cybersecurity Careers,” Kaur’s virtual conference engaged attendees by providing an overview of cybersecurity awareness through industry standard frameworks and talking about career opportunities in the field. The topic of the conference focused on its work in the field and the increased demand for cybersecurity, which is expected to grow at an annual rate of 31% from 2020 to 2029 according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In his current role at PSEG, Kaur is responsible for managing enterprise cyber technology risks and ensuring compliance with cyber requirements of applicable laws and regulations. She provided an overview of the multiple functions of cybersecurity, recent trends, and what the field offers to budding researchers and graduates.

Participants had the opportunity to gain a fundamental understanding of understanding the different types of cyber threats, vulnerabilities and possible mitigation measures. Apart from this, Kaura also provided information on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework, which provides direction and guidance to organizations that want to improve cybersecurity risk management. The framework is widely adopted and can strengthen security posture and manage cyber risk for any size organization.

Additionally, Kaur incorporated real-world examples into her discussion and offered students insight and advice on the various career paths available in the field, ending with a Q&A session with the audience.

Those interested can watch the replay of the conference here.

The event was sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, which each invites a mathematician or computer scientist to deliver the Charles Franke Memorial Lecture named after Charles Franke, chair of the department in the 1970s.

After the conference, the “Day of Mathematics, Computing and Data Science” event continued with the Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society Induction Ceremony, John J. Saccoman and student poster presentations in mathematics, computer science and data science.

Angela C. Hale