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Cybersecurity studies, such as CSUSB’s program, are increasingly popular at US colleges
Government Technology
April 28, 2021

Jobs in information security are projected to grow by 31 percent by 2029 as the demand for IT talent increases in private business and the public sector.

Tony Coulson, executive director of the California State University, San Bernardino Cybersecurity Center, said many institutions are following the lead of CSUSB and the University of Texas, San Antonio by joining the Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity, an NSA-sponsored initiative that recognizes institutions that have expanded academic programs centered on cybersecurity. The program has doubled its membership to 335 institutions since 2016 due largely to a growing interest in cyber defense; CSUSB last year was selected for a $10.5 million grant to help lead the initiative.

Coulson noted that the increase in telework and virtual schooling during COVID-19 has led many in education and government to view digital security and cyber defense as an “all hands on deck” problem. This awakening, he said, has catalyzed the establishment of IT security courses across higher education.
“Here you have this domain that changes. It’s not like land, sea, air and space where there are physical limits to what you can and can’t do. With cyberspace, there are all sorts of things that happen that are man-made, and it changes every day," he said. "So how do you future-proof and provide the education to protect the nation when you’re already in a half-a-million person deficit?"

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CSUSB professor interviewed about CSUSB professor interviewed about U.S. and Israel’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear program
Press TV
April 28, 2021

David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, was interviewed for a segment about the continuing talks regarding the United States re-entering the 2015 multi-national nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which regulates Iran’s nuclear program. The segment said U.S. and Israeli officials expressed concern about Iran’s nuclear program, as well as its use of drones and precision-guided missiles.

The Trump administration pulled the U.S. out of the JCPOA in May 2018, saying it wanted a stronger agreement, and imposed sanctions on Iran to get it to the negotiation table. The Biden administration has signal it wants to return to agreement; Israel is not a signatory to the JCPOA.

The formation of a working group to involve Israel to discuss Iranian ballistic missile technology would be favorable to them, “but, frankly, this is just a non-starter in terms of its relationship to the JCPOA and the United States’ attempts to get back into compliance with the agreement,” Yaghoubian said. “In other words, Iranian ballistic missile are apple and oranges – they have nothing to do with the JCPOA, they have nothing to do with Iran’s civilian nuclear program. They are simply non-negotiable.”

Watch the complete segment at “White House: U.S. & Israeli officials discuss ‘concerns about Iran's nuclear program.’

New CSUSB report finds 169 percent surge in anti-Asian hate crimes during the first quarter
NBC News
April 28, 2021

A new compilation of hate crime data reveals that the increase in attacks against Asian Americans has only persisted.

The research, released by the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, compared data from the first quarter of 2021 to the same time period in 2020 across 15 major cities. It found that hate crimes surged by 169 percent, continuing the "historic" increase in such attacks last year.

The article was also picked up by:

The Hill on April 28: “Report finds surge in anti-Asian crimes in 2021;” and

KNBC Los Angeles on April 28: “New report finds 169% surge in anti-Asian hate crimes during the first quarter.”

Anti-Asian hate crimes rise in 2021, CSUSB study shows
KNBC Los Angeles
April 28, 2021

Anti-Asian hate crimes are on an alarming rise for 2021 including in Los Angeles. A newly released study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino shows such crimes are up nearly 170% in 15 of the nation’s major cities, from 32 in the first quarter of 2020 to 86 in the first quarter of 2021.

Angie Crouch of NBC4 News said the report indicates the COVID-19 pandemic, which was first reported in China and resulted in numerous restrictions beginning in March 2020, was a major driving force in the increase.

“That seemed to correlate with an increase in hospitalizations and deaths, and politically stigmatizing language against Asians,” said Brian Levin, director of the CSUSB center. He also said the actual number of hate crimes is actually higher, but often go unreported due to language and cultural barriers.

He also said attacks on Asian Americans are also attacks on the U.S.’s “pluralistic democracy, and we’re not going to stand for it.”

Watch the segment at “Anti-Asian hate crimes rise in 2021, study shows.”

CSUSB center report shows hate crimes targeting Asian Americans continues to rise in 2021
VOA News
April 28, 2021

A surge in anti-Asian hate crimes in the United States sparked by the coronavirus pandemic last year has continued into 2021, police department data show. 

Fifteen of America's largest cities reported a 169% increase in violence aimed at Asian Americans during the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year, according to an analysis of official preliminary data provided to VOA by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino

New York appears to have seen more attacks on Asians during the first quarter of 2021 than during any full year in recent memory, according to Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.  

"New York City has been particularly hard hit as the city grapples with a record-setting first quarter in 2021 that has already exceeded last year's annual record of anti-Asian hate crime," Levin said.  "We already have more hate crimes in the first quarter of 2021 in these cities than in all of pre-pandemic 2019. And in some, more than all of 2020."

The attacks on Asians are likely to continue as the weather warms and COVID-19-related social distancing rules ease, increasing public congregations, Levin said.   

Read the complete article, which was picked up by media outlets worldwide, at “Assaults on Asian Americans continue into 2021.” 

Education, law enforcement and outreach needed to stem anti-Asian hate crimes, CSUSB professor says
KNX Radio Los Angeles
April 29, 2021

The CSUSB Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism’s latest report showing that hate crimes against Asian Americans has intensified in the first quarter of 2021, compared to the first quarter of 2020.

Brian Levin, director of the center, said the spike began with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. “And, unfortunately now, it looks like the genie is out of the bottle, that these stereotypes and (conspiracy theories) about Asian is now a cultural issue, and that’s something that’s a lot harder to address,” he said. “We need education, we need law enforcement, and we need liaison and community outreach.”

The CSUSB Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism’s earlier report this year on hate crimes against Asian Americans was cited in the following:   

Baylor students march against Asian American hate
Waco (Texas) Tribune-Herald
April 27, 2021

Student organizers said they hope their demonstration at Baylor University on Tuesday evening draws attention to anti-Asian racism against one of their fellow students, a historic spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans in 2020 and the way racism against them can be overlooked. A crowd more than 100 students, faculty, staff and administrators met up to march for an Asian American Baylor student who was assaulted near campus last week after a passerby yelled slurs at him.

Student and march co-organizer Nicole Ma cited an analysis from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, based at California State University, San Bernardino that revealed hate crimes against Asian Americans increased by at least 150% from 2019 to 2020.

New York man charged with attempted murder in attack on Chinese immigrant
April 27, 2021

A New York City man was arrested and charged on Tuesday with attempted murder in what police have classified as a hate crime against a 61-year-old Chinese immigrant, authorities said.

The assault is the latest in a spate of attacks targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the nation.

A recent report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University at San Bernardino showed that crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) jumped by 145% in 2020, even as hate crimes overall in the United States fell slightly.

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