Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Collide: The Colonial Pipeline Attack

2021 Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy

  • Date: April 16, 2021
  • Location: Virtual
  • Keynote Speaker: Ian Levy, Technical Director at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), U.K

Understanding the Security Challenges that Journalists Face: A Conversation with Runa Sandvik

  • Date and Time: Wed March 31, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Speaker: Runa Sandvik, Former Senior Director of Information Security, New York Times
  • Abstract: Runa Sandvik works on digital security for journalists and other high-risk people. Her work builds upon experience from her time at The New York Times, Freedom of the Press Foundation, and The Tor Project. This talk will introduce how a newsroom functions and the security challenges that journalists face; from communication and source protection, to online harassment and phishing. We’ll also discuss ways that we, outside the journalism world, can do more to support individual journalists and media organizations.

People Count: Contact-Tracing Apps and Public Health / Book talk with Susan Landau

Can we repurpose the tracking technology that we carry with us—devices with GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and social media connectivity—to serve public health in a pandemic? In People Count, Susan Landau looks at some of the apps developed for contact tracing during the COVID-19 pandemic, finding that issues of effectiveness and equity intersect.

  • Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
  • Time: 8:00 am-9:00 am
  • Speaker: Susan Landau, Bridge Professor in Cybersecurity and Policy. Professor Landau splits her time between Fletcher and Tufts University’s School of Engineering (as a professor of Computer Science). Susan works at the intersection of cybersecurity, national security, law, and policy. She has testified before Congress, written for the Washington Post, Science, and Scientific American, and frequently appears on NPR and BBC. Her previous positions include senior staff privacy analyst at Google, distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems, and faculty member at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Wesleyan University.

A Conversation with Pedro Pavon, Facebook

  • Date and Time: Wed March 10, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Speaker: Pedro Pavon, Director of Privacy, Civil Rights, and Ads, Facebook
  • Bio: Pedro Pavón advises Facebook executives on privacy and civil rights policy matters related to ads and content. Before Facebook, Pedro served as Director and Senior Corporate Counsel of Global Data Protection at Salesforce. Prior to joining Salesforce, he worked as Senior Managing Counsel for Oracle Corporation, and before that, he practiced law at a national law firm. Prior to entering private practice, Pedro served as counsel to the Assistant Attorney General of the United States at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.; attorney advisor and program manager at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C.; and attorney advisor at the Department of Justice in Miami, Florida.  Pedro’s expertise is in global data protection law and policy in the context of product development, mergers and acquisitions, and development and deployment of artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions. 

Algorithmic Bias: A Local Human Rights Perspective: A Conversation with Brittny Saunders

  • Date and Time: Wed February 10, 2021, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Speaker: Brittny Saunders, Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Initiatives at the New York City Commission on Human Rights
  • Abstract: Brittny Saunders will share insights from her experience working on issues of discrimination linked to algorithmic tools. Saunders will discuss the Commission’s mission and jurisdiction, the agency’s early efforts to explore the application of local human rights protections in this area and her work as co-chair of the NYC Automated Decision Systems Task Force, which was convened to develop a process for reviewing the City’s use of automated decision systems (ADS).

Making Decisions About Cyber Risk

  • Date and Time: December 2, 2:00 pm ET
  • Location: Zoom
  • Speaker: Andy Ellis, Chief Security Officer, Akamai
  • RSVP: To register, please email You will receive a Zoom link and password.

Andy Ellis is Akamai’s Chief Security Officer, and his mission is “making the Internet suck less.” Governing cybersecurity, compliance, and safety for Akamai’s planetary-scale cloud platform since 2000, he has also designed and brought to market Akamai’s TLS acceleration network, its DDoS defense offerings, and several of the core technologies behind its security solutions. Andy has also guided Akamai’s IT transformation from a flat password-based network to a distributed, zero-trust enterprise based on strong authentication.

Andy is a graduate of MIT with a degree in computer science, and has served as an officer in the United States Air Force with the 609th Information Warfare Squadron and the Electronic Systems Center. Also active in Internet policy and governance circles, Andy has supported past and present Akamai CEOs in roles on the NIAC and NSTAC, as well as serving on the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council.

Panel on Careers in Cybersecurity Policy

Join the Cybersecurity & Public Policy Program for a career panel featuring three guest speakers on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12:00 – 2:00pm ET. Panelists include: 

  • Alan Davidson, VP of Global Policy, Trust and Security | Mozilla
  • John B. Morris Jr, Nonresident Senior Fellow – Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation | Brookings Institution
  • Malorie Knodel, Chief Technology Officer | Center for Democracy and Technology

This event will be virtual and moderated by Professor Josephine Wolff. The panel will take place from 12pm-1:15pm and the final 45 minutes will be reserved for break-out sessions for each panelist. Students are welcome to drop-in and speak with panelists in a more in-depth fashion.

This event is open to anyone in the Tufts community. To RSVP, please email to receive a Zoom link and password.

A Discussion with Kilnam Chon: Developing the Internet in Asia

Join the Cybersecurity & Public Policy program for a virtual Discussion with Kilnam Chon: “Developing the Internet in Asia.” This discussion will be held via Zoom on Friday September 25, 9 am-10:30 am ET. To register, please email You will receive a Zoom link and password.

Kilnam Chon contributed to the Internet’s growth in Asia through his extensive work in advancing Internet initiatives, research, and development. He developed the first Internet in Asia, called SDN in 1982, and his pioneering work inspired many others to promote the Internet’s further growth in the region. Chon has worked on networking systems, including the Internet, since the early 1980s. He founded and is the current chair of various regional Internet organizations such as Asia Pacific Networking Group (APNG), Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), and Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Name Forum (APTLD). He is also the co-chair of the Coordination Committee of Intercontinental Research Networking (CCIRN).

2020 Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy

  • Date: March 5 & 6, 2020
  • Location: Ballou Hall, Coolidge Room
  • Keynote Speaker: Avril Haines, Deputy Director of Columbia World Projects, a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, and a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

A Conversation on Cryptography with Jim Baker & Susan Landau

Jim Baker is the Director of National Security and Cybersecurity at the R Street Institute, a CNN legal analyst and a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School. He is also the former general counsel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (The views expressed in this talk are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of his current or former employers.)

  • Moderator: Josephine Wolff
  • Date: February 12, 2020
  • Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm
  • Attendance Policy: Open to the Public
  • RSVP: Send an email to
  • Location: 205 Cabot Intercultural Center
Elections and Public Confidence: Getting It Right
  • Date & Time: Nov 20, 2019, 12:30 pm
  • Speaker:  Josh Benaloh, Senior Cryptographer, Microsoft Research
  • Location: 205 Cabot Intercultural Center
How Safe is the Cloud? An Industry-Expert Panel on Cybersecurity & Cloud Services
  • Date & Time: November 7, 2019, 7:00 pm (followed by Networking Reception at 8:00 pm)
  • Speakers: David Allen, Vice President, Operations & Strategy at Oracle; Ming Chow, Associate Teaching Professor, Computer Science at Tufts University; Hayley Cohen, Gamification Engineer & Executive Security Advisor for X-Force Command at IBM Security; John Steven, Chief Technology Officer at ZeroNorth; Moderated by Scott Hilton, Lecturer at Tufts Gordon Institute
  • Location: Tufts University Science and Engineering Complex, 200 College Ave, Medford, MA 02155
For Sale: One Snake. Good Oil Producer — No Longer Required.
  • Date & Time: October 30, 2019, 12:30 pm
  • Speaker: Ian Levy, Technical Director, NCSC
  • Location: 205 Cabot Intercultural Center
Disinformation in the Digital Age: A Talk with Gill Bennett OBE, Former Chief Historian, British Foreign Commonwealth Office
  • Gill Bennett

    Date and Time: Thursday, October 17th, 12:00pm

  • Speaker: Gill Bennett OBE, former Chief Historian of the British Foreign Commonwealth Office

  • Location: 702 Cabot Intercultural Center

Cybersecurity Policy Career Panel
  • Lauren Van Wazer

    Date & Time: Oct 16, 2019, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Speakers Lauren Van Wazer – Vice President, Global Public Policy, Akamai Technologies; Maurice Turner – Senior Technologist, Center for Democracy and Technology; Taylor Reynolds – Technology Policy Director, Internet Policy Research Initiative, MIT
  • Location: 205 Cabot Intercultural Center
Cyber Institutions and Sub-Optimal Logic of Cyber Deterrence
  • Date & Time: Oct 2, 2019, 12:30 pm
  • Speaker: Nadiya Kostyuk, Predoctoral Fellow, Tufts University Cybersecurity Policy Program
  • Location: 205 Cabot Intercultural Center
U.S. Strategy and Doctrine for Cyber Conflict and Deterrence
  • Date & Time: September 18, 2019, 12:30 pm
  • Speaker: Herb Lin, Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Hank J. Holland Fellow in Cyber Policy and Security, Hoover Institution.
  • Location: 205 Cabot Intercultural Center
James Williams, Author of Stand Out of Our Light
Tufts Tech and Data Industry Night
  • Tech Panel followed by Networking Event
  • Date and Time: Thursday, April 18, 6:00 PM
  • Location: Asean Auditorium,
  • Keynote Speaker: James Williams, Author of Stand Out of Our Light
  • Panel: Asaf Lubin, Cybersecurity Policy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and Lecturer at Yale; Nate Ward: cognitive psychology professor at Tufts; Michael Fox: director at Intralinks; Marc Light: VP at BitSight Technologies; Thomas Hardjono: Director at MIT Internet Trust Consortium. Followed by networking event in the Cabot Atrium.
2019 Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy
  • Date and Time: Thursday, April 4th, 10:30 – 11:45 AM
  • Location: Hall of Flags, Ballou Hall
  • Keynote Speaker: Adam Segal, Council on Foreign Relations
Cybersecurity: What You Need to Know and Why
  • Tufts Faculty Webinar Series
  • Date and Time: Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.
  • Abstract: Cybersecurity is now an international crisis impacting every individual, business, and institution. It behooves us all to be more educated and proactive when it comes to our security in the digital realm. Learn more about this pressing issue including misconceptions and fallacies, perceived cybersecurity skills shortage, the sobering reality of most attacks and how to defend yourself and your business, and how Tufts is working to improve cybersecurity. More info here ->
Ian Miers, Cornell
Cryptography in Context: Bitcoin, Breaches, and Security in the Real World
  • Date and Time: Monday, February 25, 10:30-11:30 AM
  • Location: Halligan 102
  • Speaker: Ian Miers, Cornell
Designing Robust Defenses for Modern Payment Systems
  • Date and Time: Tuesday, February 19, 3:00 PM
  • Location: Halligan 102
  • Speaker: Nolen Scaife,
Providing Secure Internet Services with Secure Infrastructure 
  • Date and Time: Thursday, February 14, 3:00 PM
  • Location: Halligan 102
  • Speaker: Yixin Sun
Automated Risk Detection and Mitigation for Real-World Software Systems 
  • Date and Time: Wednesday, February 13, 3:00 PM
  • Location: Halligan 102
  • Speaker: Mu Zhang
Authoritarianism Re-Wired: How Digital Authoritarianism is Altering Cyber Conflict & Challenging Democracy
  • Jaclyn Kerr, CISAC

    Date and Time: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 11:30 AM – 12:30 P

  • Location: Cabot 205 – The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford MA 02155
  • Speaker: Dr. Jaclyn Kerr, Affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University & Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Sign up required. Please RSVP here.
System Security: The Political Implications of Technology’s Design in Markets and on the Battlefield.
  • Date and Time: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Location: Cabot 703, The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford MA 02155
  • Speaker: Dr. Trey Herr, Senior Security Strategist, Microsoft Visiting Fellow with the Hoover Institution. Sign up required. Please RSVP here.
Josephine Wolff, Rochester Institute of Technology
The Legal & Economic Aftermath of International Cybersecurity Incidents:  Policy Responses to Chinese Espionage
  • Date and Time: Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Location: Cabot 205 – The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford MA 02155,
  • Speaker: Dr. Josephine Wolff, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Rochester Institute of Technology. Sign up required. Please RSVP here.
Lectures by Guest Speakers
  • Thursday, April 4th, 10:30 – 11:45 AM: Amanda C. Current, Advanced Strategic Planning and Policy PhD Fellow, The Fletcher School; Major, US Army, USCYBERCOM, Anderson 206 (COMP 50 / PS 188 Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare)
  • Tuesday, March 26th, 10:30 – 11:45 AM: Matt Weinberg (A’07, F’17), VP Security Analyst at a well-known financial firm. Anderson 206 (COMP 50 / PS 188 Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare)
  • Thursday, March 7th, 10:30 – 11:45 AM: Winnona DeSombre (A’18), Threat Intel at Recorded Future, Anderson 206 (COMP 50 / PS 188 Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare)
  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 12:30 pm: Heather West, Senior Policy Manager at Mozilla, 12:30 PM. Mugar 200.

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