Convenings and Events
Collecting diverse perspectives across disciplines
SIPA Cyber brings together policymakers, academia, practitioners, and civil society to discuss a range of issues pertaining to systemic challenges to cyberspace.
The State-of-the-Field Conference on Cyber Risk to Financial Stability
The Fourth State-of-the-Field Conference on Cyber Risk to Financial Stability will take place on 14 April 2023 at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. The conference is a collaboration between the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. The 2023 conference will explore the impact of deglobalization on cyber risks and financial stability. The event will be held at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Global Cyber Dialogues
Initiated in Spring 2020 by Senior Research Scholar Greg Rattray, the Global Cyber Dialogues brings together multilateral business and academic leaders from across geographies to share their perspectives on a range of cyber issues.
Following the success of its initial partnership with Keio University's Cyber Civilization Research Center (CCRC) to establish the US-Japan Cyber Dialogue, SIPA Cyber established the US-ASEAN Cyber Dialogue in 2021 with Nanyang Technological University's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and The National University of Singapore's Centre for International Law.
DEFRAG: Columbia University's Hacked Film Festival
The SIPA Cyber Program at Columbia SIPA and the Digital Storytelling Lab at Columbia University School of the Arts join together to present a unique festival that will explore digital literacy and hacker culture.
DEFRAG will emphasize that the identity of hackers is not so black and white, and that each of us everyday citizens must “hack” systems in order to gain control of our privacy and data as well as our freedom and expression in cyberspace, too. It is easy to consider the vulnerability of our individual data, privacy, rights, and safety as political and military dramas play out in and through cyberspace: election hacking, email leaks, ransomware attacks on cities, and massive disruptive attacks against shipping, hospitals, and power plants. And yet at the same time, it can be difficult to imagine the nuances and understand the policy and current discourse surrounding these risks.
The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS) is home to researchers that probe the political, military, historical, legal, economic, moral, psychological, and philosophical dimensions of international relations.
Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab (aka Columbia DSL) is a next generation media lab harnessing the arts, humanities and emergent technology to tackle some of the world’s impossible problems
The Data Science Institute (DSI) at Columbia University advances the state-of-the-art in data science; transforms all fields, professions, and sectors through the application of data science; and ensures the responsible use of data to benefit society.
Past Events by Academic Year
Cyber Risk and Careers: Tomás Maldonado of the NFL
January 19, 2021
The National Football League's Chief Information Security Officer Tomás Maldonado joined Professor Healey and students as he shared his career trajectory, experiences, and advice to students seeking careers in cybersecurity.
Second Annual Cyber Risk to Financial Stability: State of the Field Conference
December 14-15, 2020
Together with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Tech & Policy Initiative at SIPA hosted the second annual conferen to Cyber Risk to the Financial Sector. Over two days, experts across the financial and cybersecurity fields and government, academic, and private sectors discussed “What We’re Learning?”, “What We’re Doing?” and “What’s Next?” in managing and mitigating cyber threats to financial stability. Read more »
NYC Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
October 30, 2020
On October 30th and 31th, students from across the globe joined the fifth SIPA-hosted NYC Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge. During the digital competition, the 32 teams were challenged to respond to an realistic scenario exercise based on an evolving cyber crisis and presented to a panel of high level judges including private industry executives and former White House officials. The two day event also featured keynote speakers, technology demonstrations and career networking opportunities. Read more »
The Perfect Weapon - A Panel Discussion at Columbia
October 23, 2020
The Tech & Policy Initaitive hosted "The Perfect Weapon - A Panel Discussion at Columbia" focusing on the implications of the rise of cyber conflict based on The Perfect Weapon best-selling book and HBO documentary. The panel included the author David Sanger and the director, John Maggio, in conversation with Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs’ dean, Merit Janow, and Professor Jason Healey. The panel especially covered discussions of cyber protection and resilience for the 2020 elections. Read more »
Policy at Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): A Discussion with Natasha Cohen
October 15, 2020
The cyber program and Digital Cyber Group at SIPA co-hosted a talk with Natasha Cohen, Senior Cyber Operations Planner and Strategist at Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Students learned about the role that of CISA to build the nation's capacity to defend against cyber-attacks and its work with the federal government to provide cybersecurity tools, incident response services, and assessment capabilities to safeguard the ‘.gov’ networks that support the essential operations of partner departments and agencies.
Repairing Our Voting Infrastructure: Planning for the 2020 Election
August 5, 2020
The Tech & Policy Initaitive co-hosted the pre-election panel with Tiana Epps-Johnson, Executive Director of the Center for Tech and Civic Life, Kate Gage, Founding Partner of the Movement Cooperative, and Amber McReynolds CEO of the National Vote At Home Institute and Coalition, moderated by Columbia World Projects Fellow Hollie Russon Gilman. The event focused on how to protect against voter suppression efforts and lower barriers to voting by traditionally marginalized communities whilst fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. Watch the recorded discussion here »
Protests, Racism and Civil-Military Relations
July 30, 2020
The SIPA Cyber Program and Tech & Policy Initiative co-hosted the event "Protests, Racism and Civil-Military Relations" as the startling events of the summer evoked protests and discussions over the systemic racial injustice and treatment of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), particularly sparked by police abuse and extrajudicial killings towards this community. Panelists reviewed racism in the military, its impact on the trust between the military and the citizens it is supposed to protect, and its long-term effects. The event was introduced by Dr. Stephen Biddle, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, and hosted Dr. Morten Ender, Professor of Sociology, US Military Academy, Dr. Alice Hunt Friend, Visiting Research Professor, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Vincent Stewart, former Deputy Commander of US Cyber Command. Watch the recorded discussion here »
Cyber Risk and Careers: Jim Penrose and Thomas Lind of Bluevoyant
May 1, 2020
BlueVoyant Chief Operating Officer Jim Penrose as well as Co-Head of Strategic Intelligence and SIPA alumni Thomas Lind, joined Professor Healey and students as they shared their trajectories, experiences, and advice to students seeking careers in cybersecurity. The invited speakers also discussed BlueVoyant's role and the work it does that sets them apart from other consulting companies.
How a startup is using data location to fight the spread of COVID-19
April 28, 2020
SIPA´s Tech and Policy Initiative alongside the Technology and Innovation Student Association and Brazil Talk hosted Inloco entrepreneur Andre Ferraz, to share more about their product. Inloco collects anonymized data from 60 million devices, enabling mobile apps to provide location-aware services while securing the privacy of its users. Ferraz also shared how this product has been adapted during COVID-19 times for governments to track data to help control the virus.
How a startup is producing rapid tests for COVID-19
April 24, 2020
SIPA's Tech and Policy Initiative alongside the Technology and Innovation Student Association and Brazil Talk hosted a conversation with entrepreneur Marcus Figueiredo from Hi Technologies in which he discussed their rapid response to COVID-19, based on their experience developing and rapidly distributing almost 20 rapid exams, including Zika Dengue, throughout Brazil.
Cyber Risk and Careers: Benjamin Read of FireEye
April 24, 2020
Senior Manager for Cyber Espionage Analysis in FireEye’s Intelligence unit and former SIPA alum Benjamin Read joined Professor Healey and his students to discuss his work as well as the field of Cyber Threat Intelligence. During the discussion, they also talked about skills and tips for current students to be successful in developing a career in this area.
Cyber Risk and Careers: Phil Venables of Goldman Sachs
April 17, 2020
Students and Professor Healey were joined by Phil Venables, one of the best CISOs that ever was, with a 20-year career at Goldman Sachs, including as CISO, Head of Technology Risk, Chief Operational Risk Officer, and board member of Goldman Sachs Bank. As a Senior Advisor, he supports the firm’s executive leadership and client franchise on cybersecurity, technology risk, digital business risk and operational resilience. Students learned about his role and some of the more technical aspects of his work.
Cyber Risk and Careers: Catherine Mulligan of Aon
April 10, 2020
Cyber insurance is central to every company’s risk management posture and increasingly important as a policy tool, with many governments clamoring for more cyber insurance to help mitigate threats (and drive corporate behavior to improve their security to qualify for cheaper rates). Students and Professor Healey tuned in for a conversation with one of the greats in the industry, Catherine Mulligan.
Cyber Risk and Careers: Katherine Rosen and JP Morgan
April 4, 2020
Professor Healey and his students were joined by Katheryn Rosen, JP Morgan managing director of Technology and Cybersecurity Policy and Partnerships and SIPA adjunct faculty and former Deputy Assistant Secretary at Treasury; Debbie Eng, an executive director of the office with a background from DHS and the Chertoff Group and Ben Flatgard, another executive director, with a background from Treasury and the NSC for a panel discussion on JP Morgans programs on Technology and Cybersecurity Policy and Partnerships. This group does all the external, international outreach on the overlaps of cybersecurity and the finance sector including all the groups we’ve discussed, like the FS-ISAC, FSARC, FBIIC, and FSSCC. They are at the root of the bank’s strategy and outreach. During the panel, they provided insight into these issues and careers in cyber.
Cyber Conversations: Neal Pollard, CISO of UBS
March 27, 2020
Students joined Professor Healey for an online conversation with Neal Pollard, the global CISO of UBS and Professor at SIPA. During their time together, Pollard shared his experiences in his role at UBS, where he leads the bank’s global cyber and information security program. He also discussed the skills and knowledge necessary for students to become effective cyber professionals.
"A Dark Place" Film Screening and Panel
March 3, 2020
SIPA’s Tech and Policy Initiative co-hosted a screening of A Dark Place, a documentary showcasing the realities of cyber harassment experienced by women. The film was followed by a panel discussion featuring Anya Schiffrin, Agnes S. Callamard, and Sarah Guinee.
Surveillance of Dissent: Dangers & Solutions
March 2, 2020
Organized with Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, this panel discussion involved human rights experts, lawyers, and technologists as they considered questions concerning the dangers of private surveillance technology and possible responses to it.
George W. Ball Lecture with President Toomas Ilves
February 11, 2020
Toomas Ilves—a former president of Estonia and SIPA’s George Ball Adjunct Professor for Spring 2020—spoke on “Cybersecurity, the Digital State, and Democratic Governance.” Ilves, who led his country from 2006 to 2016, discussed the challenges of digital transformation amid the Baltic nation’s embrace of independence in the post-Soviet era. Read more »
Civic by TED at SIPA
February 4, 2020
SIPA's Tech & Policy and the Entrepreneurship & Policy Initiatives hosted a closed workshop with Civic, a new effort being incubated at TED, that aims to help build a healthy information commons where people can reliably find factual information and participate in democratic discourse.
Bridging the Gap: Workshop on Cyber Conflict
November 12, 2019
SIPA in partnership with the Cyber Conflict Studies Association hosted the annual Bridging the Gap workshop. This year’s event continued to bring together academics and practitioners over an array of topics in cyber conflict including societal response to cyber attacks, covert action in cyberspace, and persistent engagement. The event also saw Lt. Gen (retd.) Vincent Stewart in a keynote discussion.
NYC Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
November 8-9, 2019
SIPA’s Digital & Cyber Group, in partnership with the Atlantic Council, hosted the fourth annual NYC Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge. More than thirty student teams from policy, law, and undergraduate programs assessed the impact of a fictional widespread and major cyber-attack by a non-state adversary and considered policy responses for public and private sectors. Read more »
Launch of 'Mapping Data Flows' Project by John Battelle
October 29, 2019
A Columbia University research team led by entrepreneur and SIPA senior research scholar John Battelle — comprising of SIPA and Columbia Journalism School students —developed an interactive site that helps users visualize and understand how large technology companies collect, use, and share user information across the internet. Read more »
Latvian President Eglis Levits Visits SIPA To Discuss Digital Technology
September 25, 2019
SIPA hosted an informal discussion with Egils Levits, the President of Latvia. Discussion with Professor Jason Healey, Alexis Wichowski and other experts at SIPA covered issues on the changing nature of technology, and how digitization affect security, society, privacy, and democracy. Read more »
Cyberspace Solarium Commission Staff Members Join SIPA Experts
September 10, 2019
SIPA hosted a closed discussion with several members of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, a recently established bicameral, bipartisan, and intergovernmental body, for a high-level round table discussion with experts and adjunct faculty. The interactions such as these are intended to assist the Commission in its development of best strategies on the competing challenges presented in the field of cybersecurity. Read more »
Challenges of the Cyber World with Sean Roche
September 10, 2019
Co-sponsored with the SIWPS, Sean Roche spoke with students, discussing the analytic and technical work CIA officers undertake in support of the Agency's cyber mission. He also shared his assessment of current and future cyber challenges confronting the US, evolving US cyber strategy, and new technologies that may alter the cyber landscape. Read more »
Niejelow Rodin Global Digital Futures Forum
May 10, 2019
Now in its fifth year, the newly renamed Niejelow Rodin Global Digital Futures Forum (in light of support from the Niejelow/Rodin family), brought together leading scholars from across Columbia University, CEOs, senior policy makers, entrepreneurs, legal and policy experts, amongst others to discuss the broad challenges and opportunities created by the wide-ranging digital transformations occurring in the world today. The theme of the Forum was Navigating Digital Transformations: Survive or Thrive? Across a full day of panel discussions, fireside chats and keynote addresses, scholars and experts examined the growing impact of digital technology and data in critical areas such as speech, elections, regulation, artificial intelligence, cyber business risk management, and cybersecurity. Watch sessions and keynotes of the event here »
Developing a Defensible Cyber Strategy
December 6, 2018
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP hosted a discussion featuring keynote remarks by SEC Chairman Jay Clayton. Panelists included SIPA’s Jason Healey (moderator), Connie Brenton, C. Allen Parker, Joseph Shenker, and Phil Venables. The discussion explored internet governance policies, private-sector asset protection, and cyber incident response and innovations to defend cyberspace. Read more »
Bridging the Gap: Annual Workshop
November 29-30, 2018
SIPA partnered with the Cyber Conflict Studies Association and FireEye to host the annual Bridging the Gap workshop. This year’s event focused on topics in cyber conflict including persistent engagement and escalation, the evolving threat landscape, military cyber commands, and new trends and future challenges.
Transformation of Internet Business—The Role of Data, Tech, and Policy
November 8, 2018
John Battelle—the co-founding editor of Wired magazine and co-founder and CEO of NewCo—hosted a lunch discussion on the evolving journey of technology companies. He explored the role of data, technology, and public policy in driving the success of Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple for students and faculty at SIPA, Columbia Business School, and Columbia Journalism School. Read more »
NYC Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge
November 2-3, 2018
SIPA’s Digital & Cyber Group, in partnership with the Atlantic Council with sponsorship by Morgan Stanley, hosted its third annual NYC Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge. Twenty-eight student teams from policy, law, and undergraduate programs assessed the impact of a major cyber-attack and considered policy responses for public and private sectors. Read more »
Best Financial Criminals—Technology as the New Weapon
October 23, 2018
The Entrepreneurship & Policy Initiative hosted a panel where Kamil Kaluza MPA’06 and Neepa Patel discussed the impact of cyber-enabled financial crime on the global economy and technology-based tools to combat issues like money laundering, terrorist financing, and cyber-attacks.
Uptown Cyber Dialogue: Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar
October 17, 2018
SIPA hosted a dinner discussion with Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Estonia’s cyber ambassador, focusing on the governance of cyber policy issues, global partnerships, and responses to cybersecurity issues.
Uptown Cyber Dialogue: Corey Doctorow
September 23, 2018
A dinner discussion with Corey Doctorow, a science-fiction novelist, blogger, and technology activist. The discussion focused on cyber policy issues and the internet’s role in civil society.
The Rise of the Rest—Entrepreneurship Across America
September 12, 2018
In this fireside-chat discussion, Steve Case, one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs and business leaders, discussed his efforts to support entrepreneurship and technology in America through his “Rise of the Rest” initiative. Read more »
Global Digital Futures Workshop: Dynamics of Cyber Conflict
September 10, 2018
A workshop on the role of civil society in cyber conflict. Presenters included Lennart Maschmeyer (University of Toronto), Bill Marczak (University of California, Berkeley), and Masashi Crete-Nishita (University of Toronto). Read more »
State of the Field Workshop: Digital Transformation
June 15, 2018
The State of the Field Workshop on Digital Transformation examined selected policy issues of our digital age—including digital trade, antitrust, the platform economy, global governance, the internet of things—as well as policy issues related to digital currencies—such as digital identities, security and privacy, and elections and online advertising. Read more »
Field Workshop: Cyber Conflict
June 13, 2018
This year, workshops were separated into four main topic areas: cyber conflict history, legal and ethical issues, intelligence and adversaries, and strategic dynamics of international security.
Global Digital Futures Workshop: Power, Platforms, and the Economy
May 22, 2018
Global Digital Futures Workshop: Emotions and Surprise in Cyberspace
May 4, 2018
Internet of Things—Perspectives from National Planning in Brazil & China
April 23, 2018
SIPA held a workshop to explore how countries could design and implement national policies for the internet of things (IoT) to support the modernization of their industry and economy, based on the recent practical experiences from Brazil and China. Representatives from the government and the private sector involved in the implementation of the national plans from both countries joined Columbia University scholars to address various issues.
The Promise and Peril of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain
March 28, 2018
Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and other blockchain technologies have increasingly fascinated economists, consumers, and trade organizations. What is in store for cryptocurrency in the future? What are the possible applications and limitations of blockchain technology? Yumiko Shimabukuro, acting director of the Urban and Social Policy concentration, welcomed expert panelists including Christian Van De Werken MPA ’17, a senior consultant at IBM; Mary Rich, VP of investment strategy for Goldman Sachs; and Paul Vigna, author of The Age of Cryptocurrency (Picador 2016).
Cybersecurity and Healthcare Information Systems
March 27, 2018
Increasingly, healthcare relies on devices connected to the internet and networks of patient data opening up the industry to become more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. How do we leverage the advantages of Internet-of-Things and data for healthcare while keeping patients and healthcare systems secure? Speakers included Dr. Wilmot James (CUIMC), Jason Healey (SIPA), Brian Smith-Sweeney (CUMC), Suzanne Schwartz (FDA), and Beau Woods (Atlantic Council).
Global Digital Futures Workshop: Strategic Level of Cyber Conflict
March 16, 2018
The second Global Digital Futures Workshop focused on the strategic dimension of cyber conflict in the context of great power competition in cyberspace. Read more »
Tech & Society Speaker Series: Marietje Schaake
March 1, 2018
Marietje Schaake, a member of the European Parliament representing the Netherlands, joined Dean Merit E. Janow of SIPA to discuss the multi-faceted transatlantic relationship on digital issues. Read more » or watch event »
Global Digital Futures Workshop: Civil Society in Cyber Conflict
February 16, 2018
SIPA hosted the Global Digital Futures Workshop on civil society in cyber conflict. Researchers from the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto and UC Berkeley came to present on the what the threats are, the frameworks there are to protect targets, and how to apply them. Read more »
Tech & Society Speaker Series: Bruce Schneier
February 8, 2018
The renowned technologist Bruce Schneier and Dean Merit E. Janow of SIPA discussed a wide range of security failures in tomorrow's connected world and the role of universities in producing the expertise needed to address them. Watch the conversation or read more »
State of the Panel: Net Neutrality
December 8, 2017
A panel of four experts discussed what the FCC’s expected repeal of the Open Internet Rules would mean for the Internet. Participants were Henning Schulzrinne, a professor of computer science at Columbia and a member of Data Science Institute; Vishal Misra, professor of computer science at Columbia (currently on leave at Google); Sarah Morris, director of open internet policy at the Open Technology Institute; and Peter Boothe, lead software engineer at the Measurement Lab (M-Lab) Project. The panel was moderated by Ethan Katz-Bassett, a professor of electrical engineering at Columbia, who is an expert on Internet services and content delivery, and by Brittney Gallagher, digital culture correspondent for Digital Village, a radio program in Los Angeles that covers the Internet.
Panel Discussion: Governing the Internet
November 27, 2017
A presentation by ICANN, co-hosted by ISOC-NY, on the highlights from the ICANN 60 public meeting and new developments in internet governance. You can watch the video of the event here.
Lunch Discussion: Matt Devlin of Uber
November 20, 2017
A discussion with Matt Delvin of Uber on the main benefits and drawbacks of ride-sharing for a city and described how Uber disrupted the taxi industry to the extent that some cities decided to ban it—a situation Uber is now working to avoid in the future. Tech & Society Speaker
Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge
November 3-4, 2017
Columbia University hosted a national cyber policy competition known as the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge designed to provide students across academic disciplines with a deeper understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber crisis and conflict. Read more »
Building a Defensible Cyberspace: Report Launch
November 2, 2017
The New York Cyber Task Force released a report including recommendations on how to make it easier to defend cyberspace without sacrificing the utility, flexibility, and convenience that has made the internet so essential to our economies and personal lives. At the launch event, task force members discussed the report’s groundbreaking findings and recommendations for a more defensible cyberspace. Read more »
Lunch Discussion: Driverless Cities
November 2, 2017
Hod Lipson (Columbia) and Patrick Smith (NYC Department of Transportation) discussed how driverless vehicles would transform cities, their impact on urban planning, and the policy challenges that will arise.
Bridging the Gap: Annual Workshop
November 1-2, 2017
This year’s Bridging the Gap workshop focused on advancing theories of cyber conflict, continuing from last year’s goals of discussing best practices for research design and execution on cyber conflict, as well as professional development panels on related publication and fellowship opportunities.
Digital Economics Working Group
November 1, 2017
World Economic Forum a Digital Economics Working Group with the aspiration to contribute towards a consolidated evidence base on the impact of digital and emerging technologies on economic outcomes as a basis to shape policy.
Global Digital Futures Workshop: Information Warfare and Cyber Tactical Dynamics
October 31, 2017
Jason Healey and Robert Jervis of SIPA joined Herbert Lin of Stanford CISAC to host an afternoon workshop on Information Warfare and Cyber Tactical Dynamics.
Series: Silvio Gonzato
October 26, 2017
Silvio Gonzato and Yochai Benkler discussed countering modern misinformation and the EU experience.
Uptown Cyber Dialogue
October 23, 2017
Discussion with Karsten Geier, head of the Cyber Policy Coordination Staff in Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, focusing on the governance of cyber policy issues. Specifically, the group discussed the future of discussions around international norms in cyberspace after the UN Group of Governmental Experts in 2016-2017 failed to produce a consensus report.
Tech & Society Speaker Series: Julia Powles
September 20, 2017
Julia Powles spoke on Data Protection Beyond Privacy: Google DeepMind, Healthcare, and Algorithms. How can we promote data-driven healthcare while protecting the privacy of patients and the security of their data? Why else should policymakers care about data protection in an age of Artificial Intelligence? Read more »
Blockchain, cybersecurity, and encryption: The future of policymaking
April 20, 2017
The SIPA Tech & Policy Initiative hosted a panel discussion on encryption and the future of cybersecurity with Jason Healey (Senior Research Scholar, SIPA at Columbia University), Harsh Sinha (Vice President of Engineering, Transferwise), Brad Burnham (Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures) and Dr. Christopher Hooton (Chief Economist, Internet Association). Watch the event here »