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Security Workgroup

The BUZZ around CyberSecurity

December 12, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
(12:30 pm Check-In)
The NYS Forum
24 Aviation Road, Suite 206, Albany, NY

Webex available for this event

The similarity between bee communication and cybersecurity could teach us about connected networks and information protection.

Rick Cobello - Chief Information Security Officer at Tech Valley Talent will show the "tools of the trade" for beekeeping and develop a hypothesis on what we can learn from bees and apply to protect our information resources.

The honey bee contributes to a third of the country's food supply but the population is declining. Last year eight percent of the bees disappeared according to the American Beekeepers Federation. The situation was more severe between 2015 and 2016 when there was a 44 percent decrease in colonies."
Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, the President of the Bee Informed Partnership, says "if this trend continues it could limit the food American's eat. "If we didn't have honey bees, we certainly would lose a lot of our diet," vanEngelsdorp said. He told Fox that would include blueberries, strawberries and vegetables."
"The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by humans. The species can pollinate over 75 percent of flowering plants and crops, making it one of the top pollinators in the U.S. That means the bee can travel up to 6 miles a day and pollinate between 50 to 100 flowers per trip.

Honey bees have developed the most sophisticated language for communicating danger in the insect kingdom - allowing them to deliver a warning by buzzing and head-butting their companions at the same time, according to new research.

Bees use a sliding scale of "vibration pulses" to warn colleagues that danger lies ahead - and the higher the pitch, the greater the threat.

Come and hear about the BUZZ in CyberSecurity.


  • Rick Cobello, Chief Information Security Officer, Tech Valley Talent

Who can attend?

  • All NYS Government Staff
  • ITCR Members