In the News: Blask on cybersecurity; Montiel-Probst on terror; Hacker Stang on STLPR

Mar. 31, 2016

In the News: Blask on cybersecurity; Montiel-Probst on terror; Hacker Stang on STLPR

Recent news media coverage involving Webster University community members includes:

Blask in Bloomberg on Cyber Security of U.S. Infrastructure

Chris Blask, executive director of the Cyberspace Research Institute, was quoted in a Bloomberg story on the vulnerabilities of U.S. infrastructure to cyber attacks. The story came after controls for a dam in New York was hacked in 2013 in a federal case that became public this week:

"There are about 75,000 dams and 6,000 electric utilities in the U.S., and potentially millions of Internet-connected devices that could be used to penetrate crucial computer networks, said Chris Blask, executive director of the Cyberspace Research Institute at Webster University based in St Louis.

"The vast majority of cyber devices in infrastructure do not get updated," said Blask, who also serves as chairman of the Industrial Control System Information Sharing and Analysis Center, an association of companies that own or operate vital computers. "The vulnerability of these systems to penetration is extremely high.”

Read the full story at Bloomberg.

Vienna's Montiel-Probst on Anxiety after Terrorist Attacks

How can we handle anxiety after terror attacks? Webster Vienna psychology professor Sandra Velásquez Montiel-Probst provided some answers in an interview with Austrian national TV network ORF on March 22.

The German-language interview is available here.

Hacker Stang on Artist Crowdfunding at 'St. Louis on the Air'

Retired School of Communications professor and local photographer Susan Hacker Stang was interviewed on last Thursday's "St. Louis on the Air" about using crowdfunding to successfully publish.

After publishers suggested she self-publish her photography book, reAPPEARANCESshe went on to raise $16,700 through Kickstarter to publish 500 limited-edition copies of the book.

Listen to her interview, which mentions Webster several times, at St. Louis Public Radio.

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