Michael Nizich is the director of the Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC) and an adjunct assistant professor of computer science at New York Institute of Technology. He has more than 25 years of professional experience in information technology in a variety of industries, including aviation, education, law enforcement, biotechnology, and cybersecurity. Nizich has held IT leadership positions in both private and publicly held companies. With more than 10 years of college-level teaching experience, Nizich holds a Ph.D. in Information Studies from Long Island University, a master’s degree in Technology Systems Management from Stony Brook University, and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Dowling College. Through ETIC programs, Nizich regularly connects both domestic and international students with internships and full-time positions in cybersecurity. He also directs New York Tech’s Center of Academic Excellence for Cybersecurity Education, designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency, and serves as a member of the CTEA committee for cybersecurity for Suffolk County Community College.
"This is why Argonne's discoveries are so important as they may hold the key to this technology becoming more accessible to a larger variety of researchers, [thereby] leading to more discoveries," Nizich said.
Nizich said that NASA patents sometimes get swept aside as researchers drive to complete major projects, leaving a rich vein of ideas with commercial potential.
Beyond technology solutions, firms also must have a security plan with clear policies. “Education programs should be part of every security plan,” says Nizich.