Listening In: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age – Lecture by Dr. Susan Landau

Date(s) - 03/01/19
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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Listening In: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age – Lecture by Dr. Susan Landau


March 1, 2019, 8:00 pm

What makes us most secure? Is it enabling the police and intelligence
agencies to unlock digital devices and listen to communications? Or is
it securely protecting devices and communications against intrusions?

Two events in 2016 painted this issue in sharp contrast. In February
2016, the FBI tried to compel Apple to open the locked iPhone of a San
Bernardino terrorist. Apple refused, citing threats to iPhone
security. Eventually the phone was unlocked without Apple’s help; the
battle over encryption continued. Then, in October 2016, the US
government announced that Russia had interfered with the 2016
presidential campaign, attacking not only the Democratic National
Committee and the Clinton campaign, but also research institutions and
civil society organizations. Nor was the US the only target of Russian
government attacks; the 2016 French presidential election was
similarly targeted.  What makes us most secure? In this talk, I will
discuss our most serious threats and what’s needed to protect against

Susan Landau is 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. Landau works at the
intersection of cybersecurity, national security, law, and policy.
Her new book, “Listening In: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age,” was
published by Yale University Press. Landau has testified before
Congress and frequently briefed US and European policymakers on
encryption, surveillance, and cybersecurity issues. Landau has been a
Senior Staff Privacy Analyst at Google, a Distinguished Engineer at
Sun Microsystems, and a faculty member at Worcester Polytechnic
Institute, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Wesleyan
University. She is a member of the Cybersecurity Hall of Fame, a
fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and
of the Association for Computing Machinery.