The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”
Gregory Falco holds a PhD in Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity at MIT and was a research fellow with the Belfer Center's Cyber Security Project at the Harvard Kennedy School. He uses AI planning, data science and qualitative methods to evaluate risk for Smart Cities’ industrial control systems used in urban critical infrastructure including electric grids, water networks and transportation systems. Greg also researches cyberterrorism negotiation and the role of local government in protecting our critical infrastructure.
Greg is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University where he teaches classes on machine learning, big data and smart cities. He is also the co-founder and CTO of NeuroMesh, an IoT managed security and endpoint protection company. Previously, Greg has worked as a security researcher for NASA JPL on cutting edge AI-based risk assessment for mission critical IoT and was an executive at Accenture where he founded their Smart City division. He holds an M.S. from Columbia University and a B.S. from Cornell University.Last Updated: Jul 22, 2022, 3:21pm