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I3P and U.S. Senate Committee partner on information security forums

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 11/06/08 • Media Contact: Laurie Burnham • (603) 646-3661

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Dartmouth's Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) partnered this fall on a series of high-level forums with a U.S. Senate Committee that brought focus to the major information security challenges facing our nation.

The I3P's Martin Weybourne
The I3P's Martin Wybourne (on right, with glasses), vice provost for research at Dartmouth, speaks during Washington, D.C. workshop. (photo by Becky Hale)

The forums, which drew a select group of top-tier executives, government officials, and nationally prominent researchers to Washington, D.C. in September and October, meshed analysis of cyber security research and development with the realities of the for-profit world.

Information gathered during the three events will be summarized in a report for the incoming administration, with the intent of helping frame an effective cyber security R&D program for the next five years. Senator Joseph Lieberman and Senator Susan Collins, Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate Homeland Security Committee served as honorary co-chairs of the sessions.

"The fact that two U.S. Senators chose to partner with us on these forums is an honor for the I3P and Dartmouth," said Martin Wybourne, vice provost for research at Dartmouth. "Our involvement is a testimony to the I3P as a highly respected organization that can bring prominent leaders together to discuss the multi-faceted challenges posed by information security."

"Partnering with the U.S. Senate was an excellent opportunity for Dartmouth, and it demonstrates the quality of the work being done at the I3P," added Dartmouth President James Wright. "Not only did Dartmouth lead the effort but the College was well represented at many levels."

In addition to Wybourne, Dartmouth was represented by: Eric Johnson, professor at the Tuck School of Business and moderator of one of the forums; Stephanie Trudeau '09; Martha Austin and Charles Palmer, executive director and research director of the I3P respectively; and several I3P staffers.

Moderated by I3P researchers, each of the three forums focused on a single critical infrastructure. The first, which took place in the Russell Senate Office Building on September 29th, addressed the human dimensions of cyber security, covering such topics as insider behavior, education, and outreach. The second forum, on October 6th, looked at the security of such physical infrastructures as the electric grid, oil and gas operations, and transportation. The third, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on October 15th, brought a business perspective to cyber security, with participants considering such topics as economic drivers, resiliency, and risk assessment.

The summary report, which will highlight the forums' findings and lay out an R&D blueprint for policymakers and government employees, will be published in January, just in time for the new administration.

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