Program Highlights

At Tufts, students experience small class sizes, a personalized path of study, mentorship from professors at the top of their fields, and collaborative research that crosses disciplines — all just five miles from the high-tech hubs of Boston and Cambridge. Tufts has a robust slate of programmatic offerings in the area of cybersecurity and policy, including career panels and talks on cybersecurity policy, programming infrastructure, telecommunications policy, and more. Please find highlights from our symposia, internships and coursework below.

Fletcher Team Wins Cyber 9/12 Competition!

Tufts University fielded three teams in the fall Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge held at Columbia University in New York City on November 8 and 9. Two teams, FSociety and Team Zeno, were comprised of graduate students from The Fletcher School. Jackie Faselt, Ben Ballard, Melanie Barlow, and Andrew Seligson of FSociety won the competition.

The runner-up teams were from Wellesley College and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Another team consisted of undergraduate students from Tufts: Brendan Brennan, 21; August Moore, A21; Grant Versfeld, A21; and Dylan Hoffmann, A20. Moore, Versfield, and Hoffmann are computer science majors, while Brennan is an international relations major.

A Conversation on Cryptography with Jim Baker & Susan Landau

Jim Baker

Jim Baker, Director of National Security and Cybersecurity at the R Street Institute, a CNN legal analyst and a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School, participated in a Conversation on Cryptography with Professor Susan Landau on February 12, 2020, in 205 Cabot Hall. The conversation was moderated by Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Policy Josephine Wolff. Baker is also the former general counsel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

This event was co-sponsored by the Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs and a part of the Hitachi Center for Technology & International Affairs Speaker Series.

Summer 2019 Cybersecurity Policy Fellows:

Alexandria Hayman, Arts & Sciences ’19: Research Intern for the Cyber Policy Initiative at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

While at the Cyber Policy Initiative, Alexandria supported the senior fellows and analysts in their work, providing literature reviews, cyber event timelines, and memos summarizing key issues pertinent to ongoing research projects. Topic areas relevant to the fellows included AI and machine learning attack vectors, hardware supply chain vulnerabilities, and cyber insurance in the private sector. Alexandria also conducted preliminary research and analysis on ongoing cyber war risk clause lawsuits (I.e., Merck v. ACE et al.) and compiled a comprehensive list of GNSS spoofing and jamming incidents to be used in a later publication.

Michael Teodori, Fletcher School ’19: Security and Surveillance Team Intern, the Center for Democracy and Technology

The Center for Democracy and Technology is a tech policy think tank whose main missions are to advance digital rights and promote awareness about issues at the intersection between law and technology. During Michael’s internship, he focused mainly on legal questions arising from law enforcement access to personal data held by technology companies, while also conducting extensive research on border surveillance and security technology employed by the U.S. government.

Selected Coursework