Cybersecurity, Hardware and Design

On Thursday, October 4, NYDesigns attended the launch event announcing the CyberNYC initiative spearheaded by the New York Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to grow New York City’s cybersecurity workforce through research, development and training opportunities. At the center of this $30 million dollar  initiative are programs and training centers that will position NYC as global leader in cybersecurity.


Cybersecurity Innovation Center Partners:

  • SOSA will launch provide collaboration space, coworking, programs and events through the Global Cyber Center in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.
  • Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) will launch, an innovation hub focused on developing enterprise-ready cyber companies, connecting them with investors and partners to create the next-generation of international market leaders here in New York City.


Inventors to Founders:

  • Columbia University will create programming around cyber security startup sourcing and commercializing IP research for university students and faculty. The university will also launch applied learning programs under the initiative.


Applied Learning Initiative:

The following four universities and IQ4, an online learning platform teaching various workforce development classes, will implement diverse workshops, classes and majors to train the cybersecurity workforce of today and tomorrow.

  • CUNY
  • NYU
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell Tech
  • IQ4


Cyber Bootcamp:

LaGuardia Community College and Full Stack Academy will bridge the access gap into Cyber Security by launching startup bootcamps to train New Yorkers from diverse backgrounds the skills needed to succeed in the sector. We’re extremely excited for the initiative as NYDesigns is a program of LaGuardia Community College, and we hope to learn from all partners how the intersection of hardware, software, security, and workforce development shapes the future of our startup business incubator.


We couldn’t help but offer our own thoughts for the emerging center and how hardware startups will design the future products that incorporate cybersecurity.


Wearable Devices

If you think innovative wearable devices have had their time in the sun and their dead, well you’re wrong. Wearables devices provide consumers, doctors and researchers with vital health data that can help transform the way deliver care to patients of all ages and backgrounds; wearable device data has the power to transform preventive care and provide the insight to keep people healthier for longer periods of time. However, data at the end of the day is data, and it needs to be protected. How consumers successfully integrate their data into medical records, and how do hospital systems protect that data?


Connected Devices and Internet-of-Everything (IoE)

We recently read a CEPro article highlighting statistics from the International Data Corporation report and were intrigued that there are 97.7 million Home Monitoring and Security Device shipments expected in 2018 and 244.9 shipments by 2022. There are 99.9 million Smart Speakers expected to ship in 2018 and approx. 230.5 by 2022. Voice assistants like the Amazon echo  and Google Home, and smart speakers like the Sonos One and Sonos Beam have made a wave in the market. Controlling items with voice or motion is not new, it has just been reimagined, reengineered. We can now control everything with smart sockets and plugins, thermostats, energy consumption, lighting, smart sensors to detect leaks, smart door locks, etc. The connected and smart home, commercial store, school, street, alleys, etc, has arrived, and is here to stay. How do we protect our voice, motions, triggers, and smart device preferences? How do we prevent hackers from controlling our homes or listeninging into our homes or place of business? Especially for the smart homes, how do we protect our home identities?


Kiosk Marketplaces

We have been extremely excited by the success of our alumnus companies such as KeyMe and Vengo, two companies that have reengineered how we use kiosks to serve our real-time and on-demand needs, and added a twist to the decades old vending industry. There is more research & development to be explored into kiosk businesses, like Hoplite Power who has been developing affordable vending technology for portable smartphone chargers via a rent and return system. With any kiosk business, how businesses incorporate cyber security to protect customer data, preferences, identities, and privacy.


General Summary

There is a strong connection to how cyber security and hardware intersect. The biggest question is how do we prevent hackers and tamperers from taking over our devices, home, wearables, and machines? Like any sector, the cyber and security sectors will have a lot of room to evolve and help solve critical problems that impact how we access, share and maintain our privacy, and identities.  We at NYDesigns is extremely interested in learning from our industry peers, partners, tech workers, experts, and strategists. Drop us an email or comment if you have additional insight to offer at


Photo credit: NYCEDC