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Securing the e-Campus 2017 - Exact time and dates TBD

Recent Talks

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

RIOTS logo 

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

Livewire Cyber Exercise

Project Summary

The Exercise and Scenario Development (ESD) Program uses scenario-based exercises as a tool to improve the nation’s defensive posture with respect to information infrastructure threats, by facilitating better inter-agency and inter-sector cooperation, rehearsing new roles and responsibilities for a variety of stakeholders, and identifying technology requirements. To accomplish this we apply a broad spectrum of domain experience and expertise available at the ISTS in the areas of infrastructure protection, exercise design and implementation, modeling and simulation, data network security, knowledge of cyber threats, cybersecurity technology development, and law enforcement programs in a coordinated effort to meet the needs of exercise sponsors and stakeholders. Current projects include a national cyber-focused exercise.

On March 2, 2004, the ISTS submitted the Livewire After Action report to the Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Council, the Homeland Security Council with copies to all participating stakeholders.

This was the final report of Livewire, the first national cyber security exercise, and involved over 300 stakeholders from 50 different enterprises. As a distributed exercise, we conducted the exercise for a period of one week in 14 different locations from October 27-31, 2003. On December 10, 2003, we conducted an After Action Conference and on December 15, 2003, we held a Policy Seminar with high level government officials to address key questions about role and response.

  • Project Lead: Andrew Cutts