2021 Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy

A symposium on cyber security and public policy was held inside the Coolidge Room at Ballou House on Friday, April 5, 2019. Jake Belcher/Tufts University.

On April 16 2021, Tufts University will hold its third annual Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy. The Symposium aims to share research as well as help create a community of young scholars in this new and highly interdisciplinary research area. Ian Levy, Technical Director at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in the U.K., will present a keynote presentation.

To register, email joshua.anderson@tufts.edu and you will receive a Zoom link. The schedule for the 2021 Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy is below.

  • 12:45 pm: Opening Remarks by Professor Josephine Wolff
  • 1:00 pm: Talk I – “Emerging Technologies: Implications and Prospects of their Proliferation” by Julie George, Cornell University. Discussants Mike Horowitz and Erik Lin-Greenberg.
  • 1:45 pm: Talk II – “The New Tea Tax: Schrems and its Treatment of U.S. Data Transfers from the European Union” by Charlene Goldfield, George Washington University. Discussants Nick Guggenberger and Sharon Bradford Franklin
  • 2:25 pm: 20 minute Break
  • 2:45 pm: Keynote Presentation: “Protecting a Country in Cyberspace for Fun and Profit” | Ian Levy, Technical Director of the National Cyber Security Centre, United Kingtom
  • 3:45 pm: Talk III – “Bridging the Theory-Practice Gap in the Cyber Domain” by Amanda Current, Tufts University. Discussants Brandon Valierano and Martha Finnemore
  • 4:25 pm: Closing Remarks by Professor Susan Landau
  • 4:30 pm: Symposium Concludes

About Ian Levy, Technical Director of the National Cyber Security Centre:

Ian took up the post of Technical Director of the National Cyber Security Centre on 3 October 2016, prior to which he was Technical Director of Cyber Security and Resilience at GCHQ. As the UK Government’s “chief cyber security geek”, Ian leads on developing defences to manage cyber threats and fostering technical innovation to find undiscovered solutions to protect the UK from large scale cyber-attacks and day-to-day malicious cyber activity. He has been instrumental in crafting fundamental changes to the UK’s strategy on cyber security. His national scale approach to combating cyber threats is borne out of a deep understanding of the unique challenges posed by global interconnectivity and the opportunities to do things differently. Ian was awarded a PhD in Computer Science from Warwick University.

Keynote Presentation Abstract: In 2015, the National Cyber Security Centre was set up to be the single, authoritative government agency responsible for cybersecurity in the UK. Ian helped set up the NCSC and remains the Technical Director. The NCSC’s job is ‘To make the UK the safest place to live and work online’, meaning we have to deal with everything from top secret military and intelligence networks through central and local governments, health and education, big business, small businesses, critical infrastructure, charities and everything else down to helping protect the individual citizen. It’s been a fun few years and we’ve learned a lot. In this session, Ian will talk about some of the more interesting things that have happened and what we learn about how the policy and technical worlds need to work together.

Funding for the 2021 Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy will be provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. For more info, check out the 2019 Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy and 2020 Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy.