Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 College of Engineering Staff Recognition Awards! At the 24th annual staff award ceremony winners were announced and length of service awards were distributed. The winners in each category were:
- Continuous Excellence Award: Beth Hockenberry (CEE)
- Innovation Award: Megan Kearns (CyLab)
- Inspirational Leadership Award: Sandra DeVincent Wolf (Accelerator)
- Spirit Award: Deborah Kuntz (EPP)
- Rookie Award: Mi Kim (MechE)
- Burritt Education Award: Kate Sencindiver (MechE)
CyLab Director Lorrie Cranor recently commented for NBC News on the dramatic increase in the number of personal records stolen by hackers in the past year. Hackers stole almost 447 million personal records in 2018, more than double the 198 million estimated stolen in 2017. “We've always been sloppy when it comes to data security and the hackers are finding creative new ways to exploit that,” says Cranor.
Acquisti comments on Facebook privacy issues
The Economic Times
In 2018, Facebook confronted a series of data privacy crises, disillusioning users and angering privacy advocates. CyLab’s Alessandro Acquisti weighs in on the debate, saying “time and again, Facebook has shown a cavalier attitude towards the handling of users’ data.” He also comments that Facebook fails to clearly tell users the extent of their data collection.
Savvides recognized at Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration
CyLab/ECE’s Marios Savvides was one of eight people recognized at GlobalPittsburgh’s 3rd Annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration and Award Ceremony. Savvides, who hails from Cyprus, won the Technological Innovation category for his work as the founder and director of the CyLab Biometrics Center.
CyLab/EPP’s Lorrie Cranor recently commented for CNET in the wake of troubling emails that have emerged regarding data privacy practices at Facebook. While public concern has repeatedly been raised after multiple data privacy incidents at the company over the last couple years, the emails appear to cast doubt on Facebook’s claims that it does not sell user data. “This email certainly doesn’t express any value of privacy or protecting users,” says Cranor. “This is expressing that data is a corporate asset, and that we don’t want to give it away.”