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Sal Stolfo

Salvatore J. Stolfo Columbia University
A Brief History of Symbiote DefenseTuesday, October 31st
Rockefeller 003
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ISTS Looks at the Dark Web on Halloween Night
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Sudikoff  045 Trust Lab (dungeon)
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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

ISTS Information Pamphlet



Institute for Security, Technology, and Society
Dartmouth College
6211 Sudikoff Laboratory
Hanover, NH 03755 USA

Hardware-Based Security Laboratory

Project Summary

Securing computation persists in being a significant unsolved hard problem in our nation's information infrastructure. A simple look at history---or the most recent issues of BugTraq or even The New York Times---show that, over and over again, society cannot manage to build and deploy computing applications that actually are secure.

When a problem persists in being unsolvable, it's time to consider changing the problem. In this case, an inescapable fact of computation is that it must take place on computing hardware. Consequently, a promising approach to making this hard problem easier is to change this basic hardware. This idea is not just a pie-in-the-sky lab dream, but rather is something coming in the next wave of real systems. Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs) are already shipping, and the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) consortium continues to crank out new specifications; Intel will be shipping CPUs enabling virtualization (the VT chipset) and secure hypervisors (LT); AMD has its own alternatives. IBM is shipping the multicore CELL processor that uses hardware structure to protect user processes from malicious kernels; Intel promises that multicore will soon give us more processors at the client than we'll know what to do with.

Last Updated: 3/14/13