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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)
Video of Dr. Ravich's presentation:

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

Tata Consulting Logo

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


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Keynote: "The ACO Model and Health Care Reform"
Presented by: Dr. Elliott Fisher, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice


Session 1: Security/usability of mobile, sensor and implantable technologies that monitor patient health
Moderated by: David Kotz
Panelists: Mustaque Ahamad, Tanzeem Choudhury, Sunny Consolvo, and Carl Gunter

There is potential for mobile computing and communications technologies -- “mHealth” technologies -- to improve quality of healthcare and to improve quality of life, but they also generate new security and privacy issues. For example, millions of patients benefit from programmable, implantable medical devices (IMDs) that treat chronic ailments such as cardiac arrhythmia, diabetes, and Parkinson's disease with various combinations of electrical therapy and drug infusion. Similarly, body-area networks of wearable sensors can collect continuous data about both physiological and activity data, providing the person detailed information about their health in support of various wellness applications. IMDs and wearable sensors rely on radio communication--- exposing these devices not only to safety and effectiveness risks, but also to security and privacy risks. In addition, exciting new persuasive technologies that use sensing (and sometimes activity inference) to help people self-manage aspects of their health (physical activity, nutrition, weight, sleep) increasingly are being used. However, the privacy and security implications of these devices and services are unclear—especially given that private details about one’s health and potentially mental state as well are being archived, often by providers who do not have to abide by HIPAA. How can we develop usable devices that respect patient privacy while also retaining the data quality, transmissibility and accessibility required for the health-related uses of the data?


Session 2: Security/usability of electronic health records (EHRs)
Moderated by:
Sean Smith
Doug Blough, Mark Frisse, Andrew Gettinger, and Avi Rubin

Advocates of electronic health records (EHRs) tout features such as easily sharing information between and among providers, patients and families. One necessary factor for achieving this vision is that EHR systems provide sufficient security for the information and processes involved. However, another factor, just as important, is that EHRs (with these security features) are actually usable by the practitioners, patients, managers, and other stakeholders involved – if people can't use it (or can't use it correctly), then the security (and perhaps the EHR itself) doesn't matter.

What does security MEAN in EHR? Does the traditional C-I-A rubric apply, or do we need to change priorities or add new items? Is policy as static as in traditional views of infosec? What about the costs of making the wrong security decision?

Do the security technologists really understand the domain problem – and if not, what can we do to improve communication channels? (One study of computerized HR criticized it for being designed for accountants, not for medical clinicians. The JAMA had a fascinating article on a computerized prescription-dispensing system which seemed like a great idea in the lab but failed in real medical settings; we all hear stories of enterprises with passwords written under keyboards, because that's how the end users tune the security system to make it usable. How can we avoid these problems?)

A range of EHR models are being considered (e.g., Personally Controlled Health Records from major companies such as Google, Microsoft and Walmart, versus provider-centric electronic medical records, versus hybrid systems). How does the choice of model affect security and usability?

Similarly, a range of technology solutions are being proposed (such as mobile and wireless devices exploiting Automated Identification and Data Capture and radio-frequency identification). How do these choices affect the picture?


Session 3: HIT Security and Privacy: Understanding the clinical context and stakeholder perceptions
Moderated by:
Denise Anthony
Khaled El Emam, Ross Koppel, and Helen Nissenbaum 

IT not adequately designed for or implemented in the specific clinical context of its multiple users and stakeholders may be not only ineffective, but can cause unintended errors and create security and privacy risks. Indeed, concerns about security and privacy are among key barriers to the adoption and use of IT in healthcare. Despite significant technological advances in HIT there is still too little understanding of the practices and concerns of various stakeholders, or of the specific clinical contexts in which HIT is used. This panel will discuss the clinical context of use and perceptions of stakeholders, and describe the implications of both for securing health information, as well as for the successful development, deployment and use of HIT overall.


Event Host

This workshop is hosted by the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS) at Dartmouth College.

The Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS)

ISTS logoThe 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

The Institute manages the Trustworthy Information Systems for Healthcare (TISH) project funded by the National Science Foundation.  Dartmouth's press release on the award is available here.

Last Updated: 9/6/12