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Robotics Cybersecurity: Protecting the Future with UAT’s NeAndrea Harris

I’m NeAndrea Harris, but you can call me Blaze. As a student majoring in robotics and embassy systems, cybersecurity has always intrigued me. The idea of safeguarding people’s information and privacy from digital threats is both fascinating and crucial in today’s interconnected world.

Although I’m not an expert in cybersecurity, I’m currently working on a project aimed at enhancing privacy within my field. My goal is to ensure that employers and customers remain safe by implementing strong security measures and protecting personal information.

In my personal cybersecurity practices, I prioritize caution. I avoid saving passwords on other devices and limit my online spending. Additionally, I never disclose sensitive information like bank details or social security numbers. While I don’t actively follow cybersecurity news outlets, I occasionally watch crime documentaries like Crime Watch Daily, which shed light on data breaches and hacking incidents.

When it comes to phone scams, I have a few tactics up my sleeve. If I receive an unwanted call, I politely decline or claim they have the wrong number. If they persist, I might have some fun with them before ultimately blocking their number.

I believe in maintaining strong passwords and regularly updating them for added security. However, I hope that in the future, cybersecurity measures become more streamlined and user-friendly, making it easier to protect our digital lives without the hassle of constant password changes.

Regarding personal security, I take precautions such as installing cameras and using passwords for all electronic devices. I also make a conscious effort to keep my personal information to myself whenever possible.

While I generally feel safe on campus, there have been instances of hacking incidents, such as a student’s phone being compromised on Discord. Witnessing the frustration of someone affected by such breaches reinforces the importance of cybersecurity awareness and vigilance.

In spreading awareness, I advocate for basic cybersecurity practices like not sharing passwords with strangers, minimizing online spending, and being cautious when divulging personal information over the phone. By staying vigilant and informed, we can better protect ourselves against digital threats.

And as for dealing with persistent phone scammers? Well, sometimes a simple turn-off or a mistyped password does the trick to send them packing.

In the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity, staying informed and implementing best practices are key to safeguarding our digital identities. Let’s navigate this digital world together, one secure step at a time.

Interview Conducted by UAT Student Alexis Sloan, Connect and Learn more LinkedIn STEM for Kiddos Instagram @stem_for_kiddos

To learn more about Neandrea Harris, connect with her on LinkedIn

To Learn More:

Maximizing School Campus Security: A Comprehensive Guide for Safer Educational Environments

Tyler’s Practical Security Tips: Insights from Robotics Major Tyler Widener

10 Essential Phoenix Neighborhood Security Tips for a Safer Community

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University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona

Cybersecurity Program

UAT’s cybersecurity degrees are recognized for their excellence, with programs including undergraduate studies in Network Security, Network Engineering, and Technology Forensics, as well as a graduate program in Cyber Security. These programs are designed to propel graduates to the forefront of the industry, equipping them with the skills needed to become ethical hackers and cybersecurity professionals. The undergraduate Network Security degree emphasizes proactive techniques to protect information systems against potential exploitation, covering areas such as penetration testing and the development of exploits for identified vulnerabilities​​​​.

Business & Innovation Programs

UAT offers advanced degrees focusing on the intersection of technology and business, aiming to foster innovation and leadership skills. These include Business Technology, Technology Innovation, Technology Leadership, and Technology Studies, each designed to prepare students for leadership roles in technology-driven environments​​.

  • Business Technology (BS)
  • Technology Innovation (MS)
  • Technology Leadership (MS)
  • Technology Studies (BS)

Creation & Simulation Programs

For those interested in the creative aspects of technology, UAT offers degrees in Digital Maker and Fabrication, Human Computer Interaction, Robotics and Embedded Systems, and Virtual Reality. These programs are geared towards students looking to innovate in digital creation and simulation​​.

  • Digital Maker and Fabrication (BS)
  • Human Computer Interaction (BS)
  • Robotics and Embedded Systems (BS)
  • Virtual Reality (BS)

Alexis Sloan

Hi! My name is Alexis Sloan. I’m originally from Denver, Colorado but currently out in Tempe, Arizona attending The University of Advancing Technology getting a bachelors degree in network security and network engineering and in the future pursuing a masters in technology leadership. I have a project called STEM For Kiddos running, in GeekRho (student council) here on campus, President of Gardening Club, and anything else to keep me busy. From dying my hair to studying to crocheting at the end of the day I am happy to be here and have the opportunity to interview fellow students and bring awareness to others about cybersecurity. I hope you enjoy the insights from others within the blogs.