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Scout Sinclair Brody



Open-Sourcing Usable Security
Scout Sinclair Brody D'13 Ph.D.
Simply Secure
Tuesday June 2, 2015 @4:15pm
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Recent Talks  

Radu Sion

Computation Privacy and Regulatory Compliance Mechanisms for the Cloud
Radu Sion
Stony Brook University and Private Machines Inc.
May 28, 2013

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Keynote: Securing IT in Healthcare: Part III
Patty Mechael
mHealth Alliance
May 16, 2013



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

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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 - Neukom Interns Spend Summer in Africa

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

George Boateng
George Boateng '16

George Boateng '16 interned during the Summer 2014 term in Ghana implementing a project he developed to encourage practical application of learned concepts. The program, "Project iSWEST 2014," (Innovating Solutions with Engineering, Science & Technology) is a summer program in Ghana to get high school students solving problems by inspiring them to be creative, equipping them with the requisite tools, soft and hard – basic science, engineering and technology (SET) skills - while coaching them to develop innovative solutions to problems in their communities. George recruited a highly motivated group of young Ghanaians, "Team Nsesa," to run the course, the goal of which was to promote a culture of innovation and problem solving (Nsesa means change in Akan).

For more information about Project iSWEST and Team Nsesa, click here.


Peter Saisi
Peter Saisi '16

Peter Saisi '16 spent Summer 2014 working with the County Government of Bungoma, Kenya, teaching Computer Studies and training Computer Studies teachers. He taught a pilot Computer Studies course to primary school children, introducing computers to children who have never handled them before and teaching word processing, spreadsheets and elementary programming to children who have used computers before. Additionally, he assisted a government instructor to train Computer Studies teachers and help them improve their proficiency to meet the government required standard. Based on these experiences, Peter created a report of his findings to the County Government to be considered in the crafting of a new IT based curriculum.  Peter's internship was co-funded by the Tucker Foundation.



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

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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

Sergey Bratus
Sergey Bratus

"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

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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: 5/26/15