Information is at the core of modern life. With a single click, anyone can access a vast world of data. Protecting national security information is a pressing concern among law enforcement agencies in the United States and around the world.
Nicholas Olijnyk, a doctoral student in LIU Post's Ph.D. program in Information Studies, is not only learning how to safeguard intelligence information – he’s learning from the best in the business.
“My external advisor is Steven P. Bucci, a former Special Forces colonel and Defense Department officer who led the cyber security team at IBM,” Olijnyk said. Dr. Bucci teaches cyber security policy at the online Homeland Security Management Institute at LIU Post’s sister campus, LIU Riverhead. "Long Island University offers me access to professors with practical work experience," Olijnyk said.
Olijnyk is quickly establishing a reputation as an expert on how governments, businesses and individuals can mitigate damage from cyber-attacks.
“Since 9-11, intelligence sharing between government agencies and private organizations has been a hot topic,” said Olijnyk. “My research focuses on the information-sharing obstacles that exist between public entities, such as the Department of Homeland Security, and critical private infrastructure organizations, such as financial, energy and communication companies.”
Olijnyk’s degree program, offered through the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at LIU Post, is the only one of its kind in the New York-metropolitan area. It trains scholars to conduct research in critical areas of information management and to assume leadership positions in research, teaching and practice.
The program applies to many information-rich fields – cyber security, education, libraries and museums, business, health care and law. The program offers two main areas of study – Information Access and Systems, and Information Studies and Services – and is structured to accommodate part-time students already working in the field.
“Our students come from the health professions, industry, education, fine arts, and the liberal arts and sciences," said Dr. Gregory Hunter, director of the Ph.D. program and Olijnyk's major advisor. “Nicholas is a good example of our students, who apply principles from information studies to meet the challenges of other professions and disciplines.”
Applications for the Fall will be accepted through March 1, 2013. To learn more about the program, attend an Open House on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 2-4:30 p.m. in the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library at LIU Post in Brookville. To RSVP, visit www.liu.edu/post/yes or call (516) 299-2900.