Digital technology touches virtually every aspect of our daily life today. Social interactions, political engagement, economic decision-making – digital connectivity permeates it all, and the dependence on this connectivity is growing rapidly. In this new shared, hyperconnected space, our collective responsibility is to develop a common set of expectations to address risks, and to define the roles and duties of all participants in the digital ecosystem. The obligations encompass several issues – from privacy norms to cyber governance – but our ability to manage risks is the crux of cyber resilience.

As the risk of cyber-attacks becomes more prevalent, the cost of attacks to the public, institutions, economy and society is growing. To foster innovation and technological developments, and continue reaping positive benefits from it, we need a new paradigm of security in this hyperconnected world.

The policy response, however, is coming. Regulators are starting to step in, protecting personal data and critical infrastructure. Industries are beginning to issue best practices and to collaborate on incident response. Policymakers are waking up to the need to upgrade our legal frameworks. Technologists are also starting to tackle the modernization of an infrastructure designed for openness, not security.

All these changes uncover new tradeoffs, and with these tradeoffs comes a fascinating series of conversations at the intersection of technology and policy, that we will start with Bruce Schneier.

About the speaker

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a "security guru" by the Economist. He is the author of 14 books -- including the New York Times best-seller Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World -- as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter "Crypto-Gram" and blog "Schneier on Security" are read by over 250,000 people. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University; a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, AccessNow, and the Tor Project; and an advisory board member of EPIC and He is also a special advisor to IBM Security and the Chief Technology Officer of IBM Resilient.

Please join us with Dean Merit E Janow and Jason Healey, Senior Research Scholar, in a discussion about policy solutions to security issues in a hyperconnected world.

Thursday, February 8th, 2018
5:00-7:00 p.m.

International Affairs Building, 1512 (15th Floor)

420 W 118th Street, New York, NY