Events

  • Mark Montgomery, Robert Morgus, John Costello

    Photos Courtesy of the Cyber Solarium Commission

    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Cyber Project Webinar Speaker Series: The Cyber Solarium Commission Directors Discuss the Commission's Newly-Released Report

    Mon., May 4, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Online

    Please join the Cyber Project in welcoming leaders from the Cyber Solarium Commission to discuss their long-awaited report on a national comprehensive cyber strategy. We will have in discussion with us Mark Montgomery, the Executive Director of the Commission; John Costello, the Senior Director and Team Lead Task Force Two; and Robert Morgus, the Director for Research and Analysis Task Force Two. 

    The Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC) was established in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 to "develop a consensus on a strategic approach to defending the United States in cyberspace against cyber attacks of significant consequences." The finished report was presented to the public on March 11, 2020.  

    The Cyberspace Solarium Commission's proposes a strategy of layered cyber deterrence. The report consists of over 80 recommendations to implement the strategy. These recommendations are organized into 6 pillars:

    Reform the U.S. Government's Structure and Organization for Cyberspace.

    Strengthen Norms and Non-Military Tools.

    Promote National Resilience.

    Reshape the Cyber Ecosystem.

    Operationalize Cybersecurity Collaboration with the Private Sector.

    Preserve and Employ the Military Instrument of National Power.

    The report can be found here: https://www.solarium.gov/

  • Sean Plankey

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Cyber Project Webinar Speaker Series with Sean Plankey, Department of Energy Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response

    Mon., Apr. 27, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    **This event will now take place via remote webinar; please RSVP to receive the webinar link**

    Please join the Cyber Project in welcoming Sean Plankey, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response in the Department of Energy.  

    Sean will discuss how the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) addresses the emerging threats of tomorrow while protecting the reliable flow of energy to Americans today by improving energy infrastructure security and supporting the Department of Energy’s (DOE) national security mission. CESER’s focus is preparedness and response activities to natural and man-made threats, ensuring a stronger, more prosperous, and secure future for the Nation. 

  • Priscilla Moriuchi

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Cyber Project Webinar Speaker Series with Priscilla Moriuchi, Head of Nation State Research at Recorded Future

    Mon., Apr. 13, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Online

    **This event will take place via webinar; please RSVP to receive the webinar link**

    In this webinar, Priscilla Moriuchi, a non-resident fellow at the Cyber Project and Head of Nation State Research at Recorded Future, will discuss nation-state disinformation campaigns and criminal disinformation-as-a-service offerings. She and her team at Recorded Future have produced several reports based on open-source intelligence collection and analysis, which have helped to shape our understanding of how global digital influence operations are evolving. Recently, she published analysis on Chinese and Russian state sponsored influence operations around the US elections, the COVID-19 pandemic, and will talk to changing tactics deployed by state and criminal actors.  

  • Ben Buchanan

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Cyber Project Webinar Speaker Series with Ben Buchanan on his new book, The Hacker and the State

    Mon., Mar. 30, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Online

    **Please RSVP for webinar link**

    Packed with insider information based on interviews, declassified files, and forensic analysis of company reports, The Hacker and the State sets aside fantasies of cyber-annihilation to explore the real geopolitical competition of the digital age. Tracing the conflict of wills and interests among modern nations, Buchanan reveals little-known details of how China, Russia, North Korea, Britain, and the United States hack one another in a relentless struggle for dominance. His analysis moves deftly from underseas cable taps to underground nuclear sabotage, from blackouts and data breaches to billion-dollar heists and election interference.

    Buchanan brings to life this continuous cycle of espionage and deception, attack and counterattack, destabilization and retaliation. He explains why cyber attacks are far less destructive than we anticipated, far more pervasive, and much harder to prevent. The contest for geopolitical advantage has moved into cyberspace. The United States and its allies can no longer dominate the way they once did. The nation that hacks best will triumph.

  • Michelle Watson

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Cyber Project Speaker Series with Michelle Watson on 5G and National Security **Now via Webinar. Please RSVP for link**

    Mon., Mar. 23, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    **This event will now take place via remote webinar; please RSVP to receive the webinar link**

    Please join the Cyber Project as we welcome Michelle Watson, expert on 5G telecommunications and security.  Please RVSP. 

    5G technology lies at the center of the technological and industrial world that is taking shape. In essence, communications networks are not just for communications anymore. They are evolving into the central nervous system of the next generation of internet, called the "Industrial Internet.”

    We see 5G emerging as more important for the technologies it will enable than the technology of 5G itself. However, there is a great deal of debate and confusion surrounding 5G today. What are the facts and what is propaganda? In our current geopolitical environment, governments, private sector and academic executives are all struggling to discern the best strategy to harness the benefits of 5G while avoiding the economic and security risks.

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Patching Our Future is Unsustainable -- Cyber Speaker Series with Melissa Hathaway

    Mon., Mar. 9, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    **To be conducted Remotely via Zoom--please contact Lauren Zabierek for Zoom Link**

    We connect at least 127 digital devices to the Internet every second.  These products are prepackaged with exploitable weaknesses and have become the soft underbelly of government systems, critical infrastructures and services, as well as business and household operations. The resulting global cyber insecurity poses an increasing risk to public health, safety and prosperity.  Ms. Hathaway will discuss the challenges associated with this unique and strategic vulnerability—by  allowing poorly coded or engineered, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products to permeate and power every aspect of our connected society.  She will also discuss solutions and policy options.

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Cyber Project Special Roundtable Discussion with the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence

    Wed., Feb. 5, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:15am

    Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

    The Cyber Project is excited to host the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) Executive Director, Yll Bajraktari, and the Commission’s Directors for Research and Analysis for a conversation on the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) on national security and defense.  RSVP required; a light breakfast will be served.

    How the United States adopts AI will have profound ramifications for our immediate security, economic well-being, and position in the world.  The Commission’s Interim Report to Congress provides an initial assessment on AI’s relationship to national security, preliminary judgements on areas where the United States can do better, and suggests interim actions the government can take today.  The Commission looks forward to hearing from the Harvard community on the types of recommendations that must be considered to prepare for an AI future. 

  • Oren Falkowitz, CEO of Area 1 Security

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Cyber Project Speaker Series with Oren J. Falkowitz, CEO of Area 1 Security

    Mon., Jan. 27, 2020 | 11:45am - 1:00pm

    One Brattle Square - Suite 470

    Join the Cyber Project for a discussion with Oren J. Falkowitz, the CEO of Area 1 Security and a former NSA and USCYBERCOM official, who will discuss cybersecurity in the 2020 U.S. elections and what it takes to win in cyberspace.  Please RSVP, as lunch will be served. 

    In this event, Mr. Oren J. Falkowitz, co-founder and CEO of Area 1 Security, the leading anti-phishing firm, will discuss lessons learned from launching offensive cyber campaigns on behalf of the U.S. Government and how the solution to cybersecurity is within our reach.

    Despite billions of dollars spent on cybersecurity in the past decade, the results have yet to improve. Mr. Falkowitz will address how and why “cargo cult science” created a doom narrative that has become so embellished that we’ve lost our nerve to take action; what this means for the 2020 U.S. elections; and why accountability in cybersecurity is the solution.

  • How Does the US Fight in Cyberspace?

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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Cyber Project Special Discussion: How Does the U.S. Fight in Cyberspace?

    Wed., Dec. 4, 2019 | 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

    Join the Cyber Project as we explore how the United States is “defending forward” against adversaries in cyberspace with its new operational strategy known as Persistent Engagement.

  • Dr. Richard Harknett

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Cyber Project Speaker Series with Dr. Richard Harknett

    Mon., Dec. 2, 2019 | 11:45am - 1:00pm

    One Brattle Square - Suite 470

    As a primer for our Special Discussion on Persistent Engagement, we're hosting Dr. Richard Harknett, who was one of the drafters of USCYBERCOM'S strategy for our lunchtime speaker series.  He'll walk us through the history and theory of the strategy and also discuss his thoughts on credible deterrence in cyberspace.

  • Renee DiResta

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Cyber Project Speaker Series with Renee DiResta

    Mon., Nov. 25, 2019 | 11:45am - 1:00pm

    One Brattle Square - Suite 470

    Trolls, Ghosts, and Spooks: Russia's Social and Media Manipulation Campaigns, 2014-2019

    The IRA's "Russian playbook" for disinformation in the 2016 election is now widely known: spicy Jesus memes and fake Black Lives Matter pages. This talk discusses new research revealing a range of 'playbooks', run by a variety of entities, all attributed to Russia and active as recently as last month. It assesses disinformation campaigns along several axes: narrative vs memetic, long-term vs discrete, executed in service to goals ranging from distraction, to persuasion, to entrenchment. We will examine how information operations are deployed alongside, and in service to, more direct attacks such as spear phishing campaigns, media manipulation, and discuss emerging questions about how to think about the rapid evolution of state propaganda capabilities in the age of the internet.

  • Brigadier General Leonard F. Anderson IV

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Cyber Project Speaker Series with Brigadier General Leonard Anderson, Deputy Commander JTF ARES at USCYBERCOM

    Tue., Nov. 19, 2019 | 11:45am - 1:00pm

    One Brattle Square - Suite 470

    In this discussion, Brigadier General "Loni" Anderson, Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force ARES at USCYBERCOM will discuss Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in Cyberspace. 

    To expand on what CVE means in cyberspace, Brig Gen Anderson was recently quoted saying, “When we don’t have drones or … we don’t have an actual task force or any other kinetic option, our only option to go in and get after these terrorists is going to be through non-kinetic means or through JTF-ARES.  With ISIS or really ISIS in any region, as we look at the possibility of U.S. forces even leaving, there’s opportunities for us at JTF-ARES.”

  • Photograph of Selena Larson

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Cyber Project Speaker Series with Selena Larson, ICS/SCADA Threat Intelligence Analyst at Dragos, Inc

    Mon., Oct. 21, 2019 | 11:45am - 1:00pm

    One Brattle Square - Suite 470

    In this discussion, Selena will walk us through the cyber threats to our nation's critical infrastructure, specifically the ICS/SCADA systems that control our electricity, water, and industrial grids.  She'll discuss the nature of the threats and how our society is responding to these threats.

  • Photograph of LTC Woody Groton

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Cyber Speaker Series Event with LTC Woody Groton

    Thu., Oct. 17, 2019 | 11:45am - 1:00pm

    One Brattle Square - Suite 470

    Join the Cyber Project for a discussion with Lieutenant Colonel Woody Groton, Chief information Officer/G6 for the New Hampshire Army National Guard and Chair of the NH Information Technology Council, who will discuss the Guard’s role in protecting states from cyber attacks.

  • Photograph of Christopher Ahlberg

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Cyber Speaker Series Event with Dr. Christopher Ahlberg, Co-Founder and CEO of Recorded Future

    Thu., Sep. 26, 2019 | 11:45am - 1:00pm

    One Brattle Square - Suite 470

    In this event, Dr. Christopher Ahlberg, co-founder and CEO of Recorded Future, one of the world’s leading threat-intelligence firms, will discuss AI and the role that private sector threat intelligence plays in protecting our nation from cyber threats.  Lunch will be served, RSVP required.

  • Alex Stamos, Adjunct Professor, Stanford University, on Centre Stage during day one of Collision 2019 at Enercare Center in Toronto, Canada

    Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Collision via Sportsfile

    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Alex Stamos, former Chief Security Officer at Facebook, in Conversation with Bruce Schneier

    Wed., Sep. 18, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am

    Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

    In this seminar, Alex Stamos, former Chief Security Officer at Facebook, will discuss some of our nation’s most pressing cyber issues with Bruce Schneier, an internationally renowned security technologist and Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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    Study Group - Harvard Students

    *Limited Enrollment* Cyber Fundamentals Course

    Thu., Sep. 12, 2019 - Fri., Sep. 13, 2019

    Taubman Building - Nye A, B, & C, 5th Floor

    Nand Mulchandani and Utsav Sohoni, both MC/MPA 2019 graduates, are offering this course for the second time to HKS students interested in cybersecurity and networking.  No experience or prior knowledge is necessary, but you must bring your own laptops and be present for the entire course.

  • Andrew Munchbach CrowdStrike

    CrowdStrike

    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Cyber Project Speaker Series with Andrew Munchbach of CrowdStrike

    Mon., Sep. 9, 2019 | 11:30am - 1:00pm

    One Brattle Square - Suite 470

    -This event is now at capacity-

    Join the Cyber Project in kicking off our lunchtime Cyber Speaker Series on Monday September 9th with Andrew Munchbach, Director at CrowdStrike.  Andrew will walk us through the current cyber threats facing our nation at a tactical level, from the nation state APTs to the cyber criminals and the tools, tactics, techniques, and procedures they're using. 

    Lunch will be served.  The discussion will begin at 12:00.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Perspectives from the PLA: A Conversation with Major General Hao Yeli

    Thu., Apr. 25, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:30am

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    The Cybersecurity Project will host a seminar with Major General Hao Yeli (rtd.), Senior Advisor to the China Institute for International Strategic Studies (CIISS) on April 25th, 9:30-10:30 AM. Major General Hao is one of the few female leaders in the PLA, having previously served in 4PLA, and brings a unique perspective on China's cyber policy. Major General Hao will discuss her perspectives and experiences as a leader in this field. 

    RSVP required. 

     

     

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Four Horsemen of AI–Cybered Conflict, Great Power Competition, and the Cyber Operational Resilience Alliance (CORA)

    Mon., Apr. 22, 2019 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

    One Brattle Square - Suite 470

    Join the Cybsercurity Project for a lunch seminar with Dr. Chris Demchak, US Naval War College’s Grace M. Hopper Chair of Cyber Security and Senior Cyber Scholar, Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute (CIPI). Dr. Demchak will discuss the "Four Horsemen of AI–Cybered Conflict, Great Power Competition, and the Cyber Operational Resilience Alliance (CORA)."  

    Lunch provided on a first come, first served basis.

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Disinformation Threat Watch: The Disinformation Landscape in East Asia and Implications for US Policy

    Wed., Apr. 17, 2019 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    Join the Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P) for a seminar on recent student research. Bo Julie Crowley (MPP1), Casey Corcoran (MPP1/JD), and Raina Davis (MPP1) will present their new report, "Disinformation Threat Watch: The Disinformation Landscape in East Asia and Implications for US Policy." 

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Cybersecurity Policy without Regulation: Lessons from Promoting Resilience in a Vulnerable World

    Mon., Apr. 15, 2019 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

    One Brattle Square - Suite 470

    Join the Cyber Security Project for a lunch seminar with Allan Friedman, Director of Cybersecurity Initiatives at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the US Department of Commerce. Dr. Friedman will discuss "Cybersecurity Policy without Regulation: Lessons from Promoting Resilience in a Vulnerable World."

    Lunch provided on a first come, first served basis. 

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Calculating the Fast Equations: Arsenal Management Considerations in Sustained Offensive Cyber Operations

    Mon., Apr. 8, 2019 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

    One Brattle Square - Suite 470

    Join the Cyber Security Project for a lunch seminar with JD Work, Bren Chair for Cyber Conflict and Security at the Marine Corps University, for a discussion on offensive cyber capabilities and sustaining offensive cyber capacity over time. 

    Lunch provided on a first come, first served basis. 

  • Chris Hoofnagle

    UC Berkeley

    Special Series - Open to the Public

    Chris Hoofnagle: Cyber Security and the FTC

    Mon., Mar. 25, 2019 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

    One Brattle Square - Suite 470

    The Cyber Security Project will host a lunch with Chris Jay Hoofnagle, UC Berkeley School of Information and School of Law, on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's cybersecurity. 

    Lunch provided on a first come, first served basis. All lunches are off the record. 

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Targeted Espionage Against Civil Society: Citizen Lab’s Tracking of a Growing Epidemic: Ron Deibert

    Mon., Mar. 11, 2019 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

    One Brattle Square - Suite 470

    Join the Cyber Security Project for a lunch seminar with Ron Deibert, Director, The Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, for a discussion on Targeted Espionage Against Civil Society: Citizen Lab’s Tracking of a Growing Epidemic. 

    Lunch provided on a first come, first served basis. 
     

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Cyber Security Project and Intelligence Project Lunch with VADM Matthew Kohler, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and the Director of Naval Intelligence

    Mon., Feb. 11, 2019 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

    One Brattle Square - Suite 470

    Join the Cyber Security Project and the Intelligence Project for a lunch seminar with Vice Admiral Matthew Kohler, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and the Director of Naval Intelligence.

    Lunch provided on a first come, first served basis. Harvard ID required. 
     

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    Limiting the Undesired Impact of Cyber Weapons: Susan Landau

    Mon., Feb. 4, 2019 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

    One Brattle Square - Suite 470

    Join the Cybersecurity Project for a lunch talk on "Limiting the Undesired Impact of Cyber Weapons" with Professor Susan Landau, Bridge Professor of Cyber Security and Policy in the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the School of Engineering, Department of Computer Science, Tufts University.

    There has been much public rhetoric on the widespread devastation of cyber weapons. We show that contrary to the public perception – and statements from some political and military leaders– cyber weapons not only can be targeted, they have been used in just such a manner in recent years. We examine the technical requirements and policy implications of targeted cyberattacks, discussing which variables enable targeting and what level of situation-specific information is required for such attacks. We also consider technical and policy constraints on cyber weapons that would enable them to be targetable.

    Lunch will be served on a first come, first served basis.

  • Joe Nye

    Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Joe Nye: Normative Restraints on Cyber Conflict

    Mon., Apr. 30, 2018 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

    One Brattle Square - Suite 470

    Joe Nye (University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus) will present his new paper, “Normative Restraints on Cyber Conflict.” Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. 

  • Hack the Pentagon

    Department of Defense

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Hack the Pentagon: Vulnerability Disclosure and Bug Bounty Programs in the US Military and Beyond

    Wed., Apr. 18, 2018 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

    One Brattle Square - Suite 470

    Lisa Wiswell (Principal at GRIMM and advisor to HackerOne) and Alex Rice (founder and chief technology officer at HackerOne) will reflect on their public and private sector experience setting up the Hack the Pentagon bug bounty program.

     

    Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

  • Conference - Open to the Public

    The Implications of Machine Learning for Cybersecurity

    Wed., Feb. 7, 2018 | 9:00am - 10:30am

    Taubman Building - Nye A, B, & C, 5th Floor

    Join the Cybersecurity Project for a special event on the impacts of machine learning on cybersecurity. Sameer Bhalotra (StackRox) will moderate a discussion between Dan Chenok (IBM Center for the Business of Government), Tom Corn (VMWare), and  Jennifer Lin (Google). Seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Vice Admiral Jan Tighe

    US Navy

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Vice Admiral Jan Tighe: Information Warfare and the U.S. Navy

    Wed., Oct. 25, 2017 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    One Brattle Square - Suite 470

    Please join us for a conversation with Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and Director of Naval Intelligence, Vice Admiral Jan Tighe. Lunch will be served.*

    *This event is open to the public, but seating and lunch will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Ciarin Martin

    National Cyber Security Center

    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Ciaran Martin: The Economics of Cybersecurity

    Thu., Sep. 21, 2017 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

    One Brattle Square - Suite 470

    Please join us for a conversation with the CEO of the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre, Mr. Ciaran Martin, on the economics of cybersecurity. Lunch will be served.*

    Seating and lunch is open on a first come, first serve basis. 

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    Russian Cyber Operations: 2017 and Beyond

    Wed., Feb. 1, 2017 | 4:15pm - 5:45pm

    Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

    Speakers: David SangerDr. Fiona HillDr. Michael Sulmeyer, Dr. Ben Buchanan.

    Cyber Security Project Director Dr. Michael Sulmeyer will lead a discussion on the future of Russian Cyber Operations with New York Times National Security Correspondent David Sanger, Director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution Dr. Fiona Hill, and Cyber Security Project Fellow Dr. Ben Buchanan.

    This event is open to the public, but seating will be on a first come - first served basis.