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Protecting the world's critical infrastructures

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 03/13/07
Genevieve Haas • (603) 646-3661 or Laurie Burnham • (603) 646-0686

March conference brings international cyber security experts to Dartmouth

On Monday, March 19, more than 60 leading researchers from around the world will convene on Dartmouth's campus for an intense three-day conference to address growing security concerns facing critical infrastructures, notably the electronic communications networks and physical systems on which most nations depend.

Hosted by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) and Dartmouth's Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) this inaugural meeting of the IFIP Working Group for Critical Infrastructure Protection brings much-needed focus to a pressing technological issue.

"I am delighted Dartmouth was chosen to host this important event, which will include the cyber security work of students and faculty at the College," says Martin Wybourne, Vice Provost for Research. "We are honored to have the IFIP Working Group and experts from around the world on campus to discuss challenges facing the global cyber infrastructure."

The Working Group will convene with three goals in mind: to present the latest research, to spark innovation through dialogue, and to establish itself as an international community of experts focused on critical infrastructure protection.

Broad ranging in scope, the conference will cover such topics as vulnerability tracking, risk assessment, system resilience, next-generation security strategies, as well as legal, ethical, economic and policy issues related to critical infrastructure protection. In addition, several sessions, dubbed "Novel Research Ideas," are intended to generate new ways of approaching problems.

David Kotz, a professor of computer science at Dartmouth, reinforced the need for such a gathering, saying, "Securing our nation's information infrastructure is essential to the safety and reliability of nearly every aspect of our daily life."

"The ultimate goal of the Working Group," says Eric Goetz, the event's co-chair and Assistant Director of the I3P, "is to advance knowledge and create paradigms that are applicable worldwide. With more than a dozen countries represented at the conference, we are clearly off to a good start."

Three keynote speeches will be delivered by members of the Dartmouth community. On Monday afternoon, Kotz will speak on Security and Privacy in Tomorrow's Critical Infrastructure. On Tuesday morning, Dartmouth alumnus, Richard George '70, of the National Security Agency will deliver the keynote address: A Challenge to the Critical Infrastructure Protection Research Community. The dinner lecture on Tuesday night, titled An(other) Inconvenient Truth: The Coming Collision of Security with Humankind, will be presented by Charles Palmer, Director of Research for the I3P.

Proceedings from the conference will be published in Fall 2007 by Springer as the first volume of a new series titled Critical Infrastructure Protection: Issues and Solutions.

More information about the conference can be found at the I3P web site.

The I3P is a national consortium of leading universities, national laboratories and non-profit institutions dedicated to strengthening the cyber infrastructure of the United States. Founded in 2002, with funding from the Department of Homeland Security and the National Institute of Standards, the I3P is managed by Dartmouth College.

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