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You Don't Own Your Car
Craig Smith
Tuesday May 10, 2016 
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Hardware Based Security for GE's Industrial Control Systems
David Safford
GE Global Research
Tuesday May 17, 2016
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GenCyber 2016 - Security, Technology & Society 
High School Summer Program at Dartmouth College
June 27 - July 1, 2016 - 9am to 3pm

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"It's Fine," They Said. "Just Ship It," They Said.
Dan Tentler
The Phobos Group
Tuesday April 12, 2016 
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Harold Thimbleby




The Best Way to Improve Healthcare is to Improve Computers
Harold Thimbleby
Swansea University
April 23, 2015

Craig Shue




Managing User-Level Compromises in Enterprise Network
Craig Shue
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
March 31, 2015



Oct news 2015


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.

ISTS Director on the Future of Self-Driving Cars

ISTS Director, Professor Sean Smith, was a guest at the monthly meeting of Science Café NH to talk about the future of self-driving cars and potential cybsersecurity implications of this recent transportation phenomenon.

While the future of self-driving vehicles is hazy at best, the importance of making these vehicles secure from hacking is of paramount importance. Dovetailing nicely into Sean’s presentation at the Science Café is our upcoming talk by Craig Smith, “You Don’t Own your Car” where Craig will talk about cars, privacy and data ownership (see upcoming events on this page). Sean's panel discussion can be found here.

Dartmouth Announces "Meeting New Challenges of Cybersecurity" Cluster Initiative

Dartmouth HallA newly announced academic cluster will expand the impact of Dartmouth's already strong interdisciplinary cybersecurity research and teaching efforts. Funded by an anonymous donor with matching funds from the college, a major focus of the cluster initiative will be security of the "Internet of Things", in which common electronic devices are accessed through the Internet and made vulnerable to attack.  The cluster, central to the mission of the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society, will allow for the hiring of new faculty as well as funding new programs such as courses, collaborations and experiential learning opportunities. Read more about this and other new faculty clusters in Dartmouth Now and The Dartmouth

ISTS Students Win Cybersecurity Poster Contest

Jason Reeves

Congratulations to ISTS PhD student Jason Reeves (pictured) and undergraduate Chris Frangieh '17, whose poster, titled “TEDDI: Tamper Detection on Distributed Infrastructure” was one of two winners as a Best Cyber Security Solution for 2015.  The poster received the most votes by attendees at the Advanced Cyber Security Center Annual Conference held in Boston on November 4th.  The two will split a $1000 prize.   

ISTS' Sergey Bratus quoted in Washington Post article on Linux Security

A recent story in the Washington Post features quotes from ISTS Chief Security Advisor and Research Associate Professor Sergey Bratus.  This story, entitled "The Kernel of the Argument," is the fifth of a multi-part project on the Internet’s inherent vulnerabilities and why they may never be fixed.  Bratus argues for the integration of security features into the Linux operating system. 

ISTS Researchers Awarded $925,000 Cybersecurity Grant from Department of Energy

Sean Smith Sergey Bratus
Sean Smith Sergey Bratus

ISTS Director Sean Smith and ISTS Chief Security Advisor and Research Associate Professor Sergey Bratus are the Dartmouth principal investigators of the Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC) comprised of 11 universities and national laboratories led by the University of Illinois.  CREDC, which will develop energy delivery systems for the electric power and oil and gas industries that are resistant to cyber-attack, builds on the success of its predecessor consortium Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG). ISTS has been a member of the TCIPG consortium since its inception 10 years ago.  Read more about the award in Dartmouth Now

Think Like a Hacker 

Sean Smith Enterprise Cover"Hacker isn't a bad word.  We need to have more people thinking like hackers, not servers," states ISTS Research Director Sean Smith, the subject of the cover story in the August 2015 edition of Enterprise, the Business Magazine of the Upper Valley.  Written by Valley News journalist Nicola Smith (no relation), the biographical article profiles Prof. Smith's views on national cybersecurity and the implications of computer technology on society.  ISTS Associate Director Bill Nisen and Research Associate Professor Sergey Bratus also provide commentary.





ISTS Director Sean Smith's paper selected for IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine

IEEE cover

A paper by Sean Smith, with co-author John S. Erickson from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was chosen by IEEE Security & Privacy magazine's editorial board for their yearly special issue.  This issue reprises selected papers in an effort to bring some of the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy to a wider audience.   The article "Never Mind Pearl Harbor — What about a Cyber Love Canal?" warns that the way we build and deploy devices won’t work at the scale of the envisioned Internet of Things and will backfire, like so many hidden chemical dumps.


ISTS Profiled in Dartmouth Now Article, "Dartmouth Readies Students for Cybersecurity Challenges"


Dartmouth Now talks to Sean Smith, Bill Nisen and Karen Page about ISTS' role in cyber security education and outreach, highlighting our re-designation as a Center of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance Research (CAE) for a second seven-year term by the National Security Agency, the high school summer security workshop, the Secure Information Systems Mentoring and Training (SISMAT) program and Sean Smith's sophomore summer living-learning course on the “Internet of Things” planned for this summer.



ISTS Director Professor Sean Smith receives best paper of 2014 award


In their recently published 2014 Yearbook, the International Medical Informatics Association named Professor Sean Smith's Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association paper one of the best papers of 2014.  In that paper, Sean and Professor Ross Koppel of Penn built a taxonomy of usability problems in health IT.

Securing the eCampus Conference profiled in Dartmouth Now

Nate Fick

Nate Fick '99 (Photo by Eli Burakian '00)

"Nobody has a fortress anymore. The perimeter is not just gone—it's burned to the ground," said Nate Fick '99 in his keynote address at Securing the eCampus 2014, a conference on information security in higher education held July 15-16. About 60 people attended presentations on risk management, regulations and policy, disaster recovery, emerging global cyber-security threats, security awareness, and more. Securing the eCampus was co-hosted by ISTS and Dartmouth College Information Technology Services.  Click on the title to read the full article: Network Security: 'The Barriers to Entry Are Very Low'

ISTS' Sergey Bratus Highlighted in Dartmouth Now

"Dartmouth's Sergey Bratus is on a mission to protect the Internet from cyber attacks and other criminal enterprises. It's a big job." Thus begins the recent article from Dartmouth Now about Dr. Sergey Bratus, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science. Click on the title to read the full article: Dartmouth Researcher Tackles Ubiquitous Internet Insecurity.


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

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Last Updated: 4/21/16