SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Shining the spotlight on the darkness of cyberspace. At Bay Path College this morning, some of the worlds top cyber security minds converge in the fight to flush out criminals in the shadows of cyberspace.
Robert Milton, a former commander of Scotland Yard says, “There are people lurking in the dark of virtual spaces and we have to protect from those. They could be criminals, they could be terrorists, they could be pedophiles. We need to do something to protect from them.”
Bay Path College is the first institution of it’s kind in New England to offer a Masters degree in cyber security.
Milton says the days of physically chasing spies has rapidly evolved, citing the damage done by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. “What do you do nowadays? You plug a thumb drive in and you walk away with it. It’s a totally different ballgame. A different dimension. I mean 53,000 documents Snowden took out. That is something totally different,” he explains.
Larry Snyder, the director of the Bay Path program says, “Everybody is aware of the concerns with using technology but what do we do? What do we do when ant-virus fails? We are really looking at stepping it up to the next level.”
And that next level, according to Milton, is improving coordination and communication between intelligence gathering entities.
“One of the biggest problems we have is intelligence sharing. There are a lot of big very successful very good companies involved in ant-virus and protecting our systems. they don’t necessarily want to share their intelligence,” Milton says.