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University of New Haven to Unveil New Cybersecurity Center

The Samuel S. Bergami Jr. Cybersecurity Center will be dedicated in honor of a longtime University supporter during a special event on February 11 that will bring together national and local cybersecurity experts. The state-of-the-art space will be the home of the only NSA-designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations in the state of Connecticut.

February 10, 2020

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The University of New Haven's new Samuel S. Bergami Jr. Cybsersecurity Center will enable students to take their work to an even higher level.

With global threats of cyberattacks and hacks in the news on a daily basis as the backdrop, the University of New Haven is strengthening its national leadership in cybersecurity, digital forensics, and computer science education and research by inaugurating its Samuel S. Bergami Cybersecurity Center.

National and local cybersecurity experts and leaders will gather at the University on Tuesday, February 11, at 12:30 p.m. for a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch the Samuel S. Bergami Jr. Cybersecurity Center in Maxcy Hall on the University’s main campus.

Joining University of New Haven leadership and Mr. Bergami at the ceremony will be

The University of New Haven is a national leader in cybersecurity. Key components of the Cybersecurity Center include:

Internationally recognized experts

National recognition

Groundbreaking research

  • Research by University of New Haven students that uncovered security vulnerabilities in social media applications that affect 1.5 billion people worldwide.
  • Creation of the Artifact Genome Project (AGP), which boasts over 170 organizations from over 17 countries worldwide.
  • Home to the only cyber forensics research laboratory in Connecticut.

The Bergami Cybersecurity Center is named in honor of the generosity of Samuel S. Bergami, president and CEO of Alinabal, a Milford-based diversified manufacturer. Mr. Bergami has spent nearly 50 years at Alinabal, Inc., moving up the ranks from a tool-and-die apprentice to leading the company that employs 400 people.

A distinguished graduate of the University of New Haven’s Executive MBA program, Sam, and his wife, Lois, are among the university’s most devoted supporters. The University’s Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation, which will open in the spring of 2020, and the Bergami and Pompea Graduate Center are named in their honor. A member of the university’s Board of Governors, Mr. Bergami served as chair from 2006 to 2012.

“Our goal is to secure the future of our nation and to enable students of all backgrounds – with a passion for protecting our citizens in a digital world – to pursue an education and career in cybersecurity, computer science, or artificial intelligence,” said Baggili. “I am grateful for Mr. and Mrs. Bergami’s support of and investment in our work.”