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 V.S. Subrahmanian

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

Past Talks

Rand Beers

Rand Beers ('64)
Big Data, the Internet, and Social Media:  The Road to the November 2016 Election
Wednesday, November 8th
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 31st
S
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 31st
Rockefeller 003
5:00 PM

Dan Wallach

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

Professor Dan Wallach
Rice University
Thursday April 27, 2017
Carson L01, 5:00 PM

Ben Miller Dragos

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

Ben Miller
Chief Threat Officer, 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, 5:00 PM

Dickie George

 

Espionage and Intelligence

Professor Dickie George
Johns Hopkins University
Thursday May 11, 2017
Rocky 001, 5:00 PM

Dan Wallach

A Nation Under Attack: Advanced Cyber-Attacks in Ukraine

Ukrainian Cybersecurity Researchers
Thursday April 6, 2017
Oopik Auditorium 5:30 PM

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Big Data, the Internet, and Social Media:  The Road to the November 2016 Election

Professor Rand Beers '64

Visiting Professor of Government and former Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 4:30 PM - Haldeman 41 (Kreindler Conference Hall)
Co-sponsored by ISTS and the Dickey Center for International Understanding

Rand Beers
Rand Beers '64

Abstract

The presentation will begin with the marriage of big data and main frame computers in the 60’s and the applications for business, academia, politics, and the military. It will then look at the introduction of the Internet as an engine for information sharing, innovation, and commerce based on efficiency as well as big data applications. At the same time it will chart the rise of criminal and social activist hackers, the introduction of intelligence collection in cyber space, and the growing understanding of the vulnerabilities of physical infrastructure and national economies to cyber attack. Finally it will add social media interaction with media, politics, and society to the mix in an attempt better to understand 2016 and prospects for the future at home and abroad.

Biographical Sketch

Rand Beers ‘64 was a Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. Previously, he served as Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security a position to which he was appointed in September 2013 after serving as Acting Deputy Secretary. From June 2009 until May 2013, Rand led the efforts of the DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) to reduce risks to physical, cyber and communications infrastructures. NPPD collaborates with all levels of government, the private sector, nongovernment organizations, and international bodies to prevent, respond to, and mitigate threats to U.S. national security from acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and other catastrophic events. Previously, he co-led the DHS Transition Team for the incoming Obama administration. Prior to the 2008 election, Rand was president of the National Security Network, a network of experts seeking to foster discussion of progressive national security ideas around the country, and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Rand served on the National Security Council Staff under four Presidents as Director for Counter-terrorism and Counter-narcotics (1988-1992), Director for Peacekeeping (1993-1995), Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Intelligence Programs (1995-1998), and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Combating Terrorism (2002-2003). He was national security advisor for the Kerry campaign (2003-2004). Rand began his professional career as a Marine Corps officer and rifle company commander in Vietnam (1964-1968). He entered the Foreign Service in 1971 and transferred to the Civil Service in 1983. He served most of his career in the Department of State, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Regional Affairs in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs, focusing on the Middle East and Persian Gulf (1992-1993). He was Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (1998-2002). Rand earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Video of Presentation

YouTube video of Professor Beer's presentation -

Last Updated: 11/2/17