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Dan Wallach




STAR-Vote: A Secure, Transparent, Auditable and Reliable Voting System

Professor Dan Wallach
Rice University
Thursday April 27, 2017
Kemeny 007, 4:30 PM

Robert Lee




Pandora's Power Grid - What Can State Attacks Do and What Would be the Impact?

Mr. Robert Lee, CEO
Dragos, Inc.
Tuesday May 2, 2017
Kemeny 007, 4:30 PM

Brendan Nyhan




Factual Echo Chambers? Fact-checking and Fake News in Election 2016.

Professor Brendan Nyhan
Dartmouth College
Thursday May 4, 2017
Rocky 001, 4:30 PM

Dickie George




Espionage and Intelligence

Professor Dickie George
Johns Hopkins University
Thursday May 11, 2017
Rocky 001, 4:30 PM

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GenCyber 2017- ISTS - High School Summer Program at Dartmouth College

10 July - 14 July 2017 - 9am to 3pm (Exact times and dates to be confirmed once funding has been secured)

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Securing the e-Campus 2017 - Pre-conference Workshops mid-July; Conference mid-July 2017.

(Exact time and dates to be confirmed)

Recent Talks

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Professor Sean Smith, Director of the ISTS and Bill Nisen, Associate Director, spoke at the

School House residential cluster on the Internet of Risky Things  - February 21, 2017, 5:30 PM

Craig Smith




You Don't Own Your Car
Craig Smith
Tuesday May 10, 2016 
Carson L02 @4:15

David Safford


Hardware Based Security for GE's Industrial Control Systems
David Safford
GE Global Research
Tuesday May 17, 2016
Carson L02 @4:15



"It's Fine," They Said. "Just Ship It," They Said.
Dan Tentler
The Phobos Group
Tuesday April 12, 2016 
Carson L02 @4:15

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

About ISTS


In 2008, ISTS led the successful application to designate Dartmouth a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The designation has now been extended for academic years 2014-2019.

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The Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS) at Dartmouth College is dedicated to pursuing research and education to advance information security and privacy throughout society.

ISTS engages in interdisciplinary research, education and outreach programs that focus on information technology (IT) and its role in society, particularly the impact of IT in security and privacy broadly conceived. ISTS nurtures leaders and scholars, educates students and the community, and collaborates with its partners to develop and deploy IT, and to better understand how IT relates to socio-economic forces, cultural values and political influences. ISTS research improves our ability to:

  • Design and deploy secure, usable computer systems and protect them from tampering, disruption and attack
  • Enable people and organizations to communicate and exchange information securely and privately across networked computing devices
  • Address social, economic and policy issues that arise in the development, deployment and regulation of such information technology

Goals of ISTS

  • RESEARCH, to extend knowledge and provide insight and innovation in the area of information security
  • EDUCATION, to increase the number of students and faculty involved in technology research, and to increase community awareness of privacy and security challenges and solutions related to IT
  • OUTREACH, through collaborations that deploy technology and encourage knowledge transfer for both public and private benefit

ISTS is a member of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection, which is a nationwide consortium of leading cyber security research and development organizations including universities, federally funded labs and non-profit organizations.

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ISTS is proud to be a member of the Dartmouth Centers Forum, an alliance of Dartmouth's academic centers fostering campus-wide dialogue and cooperative programming.

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ISTS At-a-Glance

  • Founded at Dartmouth in 2000.
  • ISTS funding has supported 64 Dartmouth faculty members (tenure-track and research faculty) across every school at Dartmouth, and 21 faculty at other institutions, as well as 35 postdoctoral fellows, 150 graduate students, 160 undergraduates, and more than 200 researchers.
  • Published over 500 papers, articles and reports, and two books; Trusted Computing Platforms: Design and Application and The Craft of System Security.
  • Created several new courses for the Dartmouth curriculum, and sponsored numerous workshops and invited speakers.
  • Assisted Dartmouth faculty and researchers in winning over $20M in additional competitive funding. 
  • Engaged muitiple corporations in research projects or collaborative discussions.
  • Built and operated HEBCA (the Higher-Ed Bridge Certificate Authority).
  • Developed the leading PKI research lab in academia.
  • Conducted a national-scale Livewire cyber-exercise, involving 200 participants from 20 private-sector organizations and 14 federal agencies and 15 state and local governments in a week-long simulation of a sustained cyber attack against critical infrastructure in the United States.
  • In 2008, designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research by the NSA and Department of Homeland Security and redesignated as such in 2014.
  • Annually co-sponsors, with Dartmouth's Information Technology Services, the Securing the eCampus conference, focused on information security issues in higher education.
  • Develops and runs the Secure Information Systems Mentoring and Training (SISMAT) program, an intensive two-week summer training and mentoring program for undergraduates from universities that do not offer extensive computer security coursework.

Last Updated: 3/25/16