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Upcoming Talks

Cyrus Farivar 

Cyrus Farivar
50 Years of Surveillance Law in America
Monday, April 29, 2019
Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall, Dartmouth
5:00 p.m.


Past Talks

Martha Pollack   Martha Pollack
AI: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Filene Auditorium, Moore Building
Sarit Kraus

Dr. Sarit Kraus
Professor of Computer Science at Bar-Ilan University
Attention Based Fraud Detection of Online Banking Transactions
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Haldeman Center 041
4:00 PM

Amro Farid Professor Amro Farid
Associate Professor of Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth
Hetero-functional Graph Theory for Interdependent Smart City Infrastructures
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Life Sciences Center 201
5:00 PM
Meredith Patterson

Meredith Patterson
Co-originator of the Language-theoretic Approach to Computer Security
Computational Linguistics & Computer Security
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Kemeny Hall 108

Samantha Ravich

Samantha Ravich
Deputy Chair of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board
Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare: Why America’s Private Sector is now on
the Front Lines of an Emerging Battlefield
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Haldeman 41 (Kreindler Conference Room)

William Regli, Ph.D

William Regli, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute for Systems Research at the Clark School of Engineering, 
Professor of Computer Science at the 
University of Maryland at College Park
A New Type of Thinking
Friday, June 22, 2018
Life Sciences Center 105
11:00 AM

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Dr. Gautam Shroff
Vice President, Chief Scientist, and Head of Research at Tata Consultancy Services 
Enterprise AI for Business 4.0: from Automation to Amplification
Thursday, June 07, 2018
Haldeman 041 Kreindler Conference Room
3:30 PM

John Dickerson UMD

John P Dickerson
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland
Using Optimization to Balance Fairness and Efficiency in Kidney Exchange
Monday,  May 21, 2018
Kemeny Hall 008
3:30 PM

Senator Jeanne Shaheen

Jeanne Shaheen
U.S. Senator from New Hampshire
Russian Interference in American Politics and Cyber Threats to Our Democracy
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Alumni Hall (Hopkins Center)
11:00 AM

Lisa Monaco

Lisa Monaco
Former Homeland Security Advisor to President Obama
In Conversation: Lisa Monaco, Fmr Homeland Security Advisor to President Obama
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Filene Auditorium (Moore Building)
5:00 PM
Sponsored by The Dickey Center for International Understanding

John Stewart EPRI

John Stewart
Sr. Technical Leader, Cyber Security, EPRI
Securing Grid Control Systems
Friday, January 12, 2018
Sudikoff L045 Trust Lab
12:00 Noon

M. Todd Henderson

M. Todd Henderson
Professor of Law, University of Chicago
Hacking Trust: How the Social Technology of Cooperation Will Revolutionize Government
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Room 003, Rockefeller Center
Sponsored by: Rockefeller Center

Dr. Liz Bowman

Dr. Elizabeth Bowman
U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Information: Army Social Computing Research
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Haldeman 041 Kreindler Conference Room
4:00 PM

Dr. Fabio Pierazzi

Dr. Fabio Pierazzi
Royal Holloway University of London
Network Security Analytics for Detection of Advanced Cyberattacks
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Sudikoff Trust Lab (L045)
12:30 PM

V.S. Subrahmanian

V.S. Subrahmanian
Dartmouth Distinguished Professor in Cybersecurity, Technology, and Society
Bots, Socks, and Vandals
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Carson L01
5:00 PM 

Rand Beers

Rand Beers ('64)
Big Data, the Internet, and Social Media:  The Road to the November 2016 Election
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Haldeman 41 (Kreindler Conference Hall)
4:30 PM 

Fright Night Imge

Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?
ISTS Looks at the Dark Web on Halloween Night
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
udikoff  045 Trust Lab (dungeon)
7:30 PM - RSVP
Space is Limited 

Sal Stolfo

Salvatore J. Stolfo 
Columbia University
A Brief History of Symbiote Defense
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Rockefeller 003
5:00 PM

Russian Bear

A Nation Under Attack: Advanced Cyber-Attacks in Ukraine
Thursday 6 April 2017, Oopik Auditorium 5:30 PM
Video of Roman's and Oleksii's presentations


ISTS Information Pamphlet



Institute for Security, Technology, and Society
Dartmouth College
6211 Sudikoff Laboratory
Hanover, NH 03755 USA

The Institute for Security, Technology, and Society is dedicated to pursuing research and education to advance information security and privacy throughout society.

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ISTS VeChain BlockChain Technology Workshop May 16th and 17th, 2019

The Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS) in conjunction with the VeChain Foundation is hosting a two-day workshop on blockchain technology. The workshop will be held at Dowd’s Country Inn in Lyme, NH on May 16th and 17th, 2019. Attendance is open to all Dartmouth students, faculty, postdocs, and research staff. The deadline for receiving applications is April 25th. Click here for more Information and registration information.

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ISTS Seeks Requests for Proposals for Highly Innovative and Potentially Groundbreaking Research on Cybersecurity


Proposals are due April 7, 2019 at Midnight Eastern time. Click here for more information.

Fake News

"What we found is that on average, contested false news spreads faster and to more people than contested true news," says Dartmouth assistant professor of computer science, Soroush Vosoughi. 

Read more at:

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Dartmouth’s Institute for Security, Technology, and Society has received NSA/NSF funding to host TWO GenCyber cybersecurity high school programs in the summer of 2019! 

Dates and details on the 2019 summer programs can be found here. The application deadline is April 15th!




Due date for GREPSEC applications extended to 2/22.

#GREPSEC is a computer security workshop for women & underrepresented groups. Learn about why great minds are drawn to security. Application at:

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5th Annual Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Conference 
to be held March 28-30, 2019 in Pittsburgh

The WiCyS initiative was launched in 2013 with support from a National Science Foundation grant, and with support from various industry, government and academic partners, WiCyS has become a continuing effort to recruit, retain and advance women in cybersecurity. Read more about the conference here:

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Resiliency: The Electric Grid’s Only Hope

Testimony by Professor William Sanders, UIUC, before United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, & Technology


Dr. Bratus 

ISTS Research Scientist, Dr. Sergey Bratus, Discusses Safe Email in a Recent Article Published in The Conversation.

 Chris Inglis


Former National Security Agency Deputy Director Chris Inglis's July 20th presentation on Cyber Warfare and Cyber Defense is available here:

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Celebrating a Successful GenCyber Summer High School Cybersecurity Program 

Friday, July 14th was the final day and wrap up of our 2017 ISTS GenCyber Summer High School Cybersecurity Program.  The week-long program, held on the campus of Dartmouth College, included 24 exceptionally qualified high school students from the local area and across the country. Read more about the ISTS Dartmouth program here.

V.S. Subrahmanian

V.S. Subrahmanian Named Inaugural Dartmouth College Distinguished Professor in Cybersecurity, Technology, & Society

V.S. Subrahmanian—whose work in data science and cybersecurity has been used to accurately forecast the behavior of terrorist networks, detect bots on social media platforms, prevent rhinoceros poaching, and much more—has been named the inaugural Dartmouth College Distinguished Professor in Cybersecurity, Technology, and Society, beginning Aug. 1. The complete article can be found here:

ISTS Research Scientist Comments on ‘WannaCry’ Global Ransomware Attacks

Professor Sergey Bratus gave a lengthy interview to the Concord Monitor about the recent wave of ransomware attacks that started on Friday the 12th of May. While these attacks indiscriminately targeted non-updated MS-Windows systems, hospitals, particularly in Britain seemed to bear the brunt of the malfeasance. Professor Bratus noted, “Ransomware in hospitals is already routine. Perhaps for this particular outbreak, the novelty is in how many organizations were targeted at the same time. But when you are putting computer systems in hospitals, often without appropriate risk analysis, you’ve created a victim population – and a victim population will draw attackers.”

 The compete interview and article can be found here -

LangSec Highlighted in Dr. Dan Geer’s Keynote at Source Boston

Dr. Dan Geer, Chief Information Security Officer for In-Q-Tel, recently cited the work done by Professor Sergey Bratus, ISTS Research Scientist, as a harbinger of the work that needs to be done to increase the security and trustworthiness of digital systems.

Dr. Geer was speaking at the April 2017 Source conference in Boston. A transcript of his remarks can be found here -

ISTS Director voices concerns about the Internet of Things in USA Today

Professor Sean Smith, Director of the ISTS, reacting to the recent revelation by WikiLeaks of widespread hacking by the CIA, recently told USA Today, “…many of the same security vulnerabilities exploited in phones, TVs and computers outlined by WikiLeaks apply to IoT devices.”

Smith goes on to say, “If the CIA is working on breaking into phones like other hackers, you can bet it’s working on other devices, just like hackers.”

To read more of Professor Smith’s reaction to the WikiLeaks story see --

New Book from the Director of the ISTS

The Internet of Risky Things: Trusting Devices That Surround Us by Professor Sean Smith, Director of the ISTS, has been published recently by O’Reilly ( and is available from Amazon as well. Here is a brief description of what you will find in Sean’s book courtesy of O’Reilly–

By 2020, the Internet of Things (IoT) will consist of millions of computational devices intimately connected to real-world aspects of human life. In this insightful book, Professor Sean Smith, who worked in information security long before the web appeared, explains that if we build the IoT the way we built the current internet and other information technology initiatives, we’re headed for trouble.

With a focus on concrete solutions, The Internet of Risky Things explains how we can avoid simple flaws that have plagued several dramatic IT advances in recent decades. Developers, engineers, industrial designers, makers, and researchers will explore "design patterns of insecurities" and learn what’s required to route around or fix them in the nascent IoT.

  • Examine bugs that plague large-scale systems, including integer overflow, race conditions, and memory corruption
  • Look at successful and disastrous examples of previous quantum leaps in health IT, the smart grid, and autonomous vehicles
  • Explore patterns in coding, authentication, and cryptography that led to insecurity
  • Learn how blunders that led to spectacular IT disasters could have been avoided

Associate or Full Professorship in Cybersecurity

The Dartmouth College Department of Computer Science invites applications for a tenured faculty position at the level of associate or full professor. We seek candidates who will be excellent researchers and teachers in the broad range of areas related to cybersecurity. This position is the first of three hires that the College anticipates making in the area of cyber-security (see related story below). We particularly seek candidates who will help lead, initiate, and participate in collaborative research projects within Computer Science and beyond, including Dartmouth researchers from other Arts & Sciences departments, Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and Tuck School of Business.

Cybersecurity in the Spotlight - Winter Computer Science Colloquium Series

With interest in cybersecurity at an all-time high, Dartmouth's Computer Science Department has launched its winter colloquium series spotlighting cybersecurity. Over the course of the winter term, six cybersecurity experts will address topics ranging from the inadequacy of passwords to the difficulty in securing mobile devices. Here is a list of the presenters:

17 January - Cormac Herley, Microsoft Research

24 January - Vir Phoha, "Spoof-Resistant Authentication...", Syracuse University

26 January - Li Xiong, "Privacy-Preserving Data Sharing...", Emory University

31 January - Nan Zhang, "Privacy & Security Implications of Web Data..."George Washington University

23 February - V.S. Subrahmanian, University of Maryland

2 March - Somesh Jha, University of Wisconsin - Madison

All presentations will take place in Kemeny 007 with refreshments available from 4:15 PM. For more information about this series, please visit the Computer Sciences Department's website.

Highlighted Research Initiatives

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Trustworthy Health and Wellness (THaW). This NSF-funded, Frontier-level project tackles many of the fundamental research challenges necessary to provide trustworthy information systems for health and wellness, as sensitive information and health-related tasks are increasingly pushed into mobile devices and cloud-based services. THaW is developing methods to authenticate clinical staff to tablet computers in a continuous and unobtrusive way, and to provide patients a usable way to control the information that mobile sensors collect about them.

Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG). As noted on the TCIPG website, "Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dartmouth College, Cornell University, the University of California at Davis, and Washington State University are together addressing the challenge of how to protect the nation's power grid by significantly improving the way the power grid infrastructure is built, making it more secure, reliable, and safe." This project is funded by the Department of Energy.

Highlighted Education Initiatives

Professor Locasto works with SISMAT students
Photo by Nick Gannon '15

Secure Information Systems Mentoring and Training (SISMAT). ISTS ran the SISMAT program for the sixth time this summer. The program aims to meet regional and national needs through a program of mentoring and training in cybersecurity.

ISTS - Neukom Internship Grants. ISTS and the Neukom Institute collaborate to offer leave-term funding each term to support an undergraduate, or graduate student, in pursuing an unpaid internship with a non-profit. 

Video Highlights ISTS Mission

A video released by Dartmouth provides an overview of the cutting edge research and education and outreach efforts at the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS). These efforts are designed to address the most critical issues affecting information security and privacy and the societal impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in an increasingly networked world.  

Images of Past Events

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Videos of Past Events

Last Updated: 4/8/19