Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University

Cybersecurity Threats

Global dependence on cyberspace is expanding by leaps and bandwidth every day. Nations depend on a cyber infrastructure to operate financial markets, transportation networks and energy grids, as well as the public agencies protecting the health and security of their citizens. Large multinationals, local businesses and startups use online infrastructures to facilitate economic and technological innovation. Defense and intelligence agencies depend on networks to manage far-flung operations, analyze intelligence data and implement homeland security and military logistics.

With such growth come greater risks and opportunities for society and security. What policies will best enable the United States and other nations to protect the great advantages they derive from their use of cyberspace? How can networks best serve the interests of their citizens, their economies – and their national security?

These compelling questions, compounded by the growing threat of cyber warfare, are driving the innovative work underway at CISAC, drawing on experts from across the Stanford campus and around the globe.

CISAC has a robust fellowship program for pre- and postdoctoral students focused on cybersecurity and several CISAC honors students are writing their senior theses on cyber issues.

Herbert Lin, currently a CISAC consulting scholar and chief scientist at the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council of the National Academies, joins the center in January 2015 as a Senior Research Scholar to guide CISAC’s expansion of research into cyber policy and security. He is mentoring fellows and others engaged in such research and organizing a cybersecurity boot camp to be held in August 2014 for congressional staffers. Jane Holl Lute, deputy secretary for the Department of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013 and president and CEO of the Council on CyberSecurity, is also a consulting professor at the center.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller talks about cybercrimes in Stanford talk:

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a professor at Stanford Law School, conducts research on transnational crime and non-state actors as well as the emerging legal issues raised by efforts to manage cybersecurity threats. Affiliated CISAC faculty member John Mitchell focuses on computer security and network protocols; Barbara van Schewick, another affiliated faculty member, researches the economic, regulatory and strategic implications of communications networks. Dan Boneh, a CISAC affiliated faculty member, is a professor of computer science and electrical engineering and teaches cryptography and computer security at the Stanford Security Laboratory.

World-renown cryptographers Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman, a CISAC consulting professor and an affiliated faculty member, respectively, are pioneers of the public-key cryptography that today is the underpinning of e-commerce security.