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Scott Dynes appointed Research Director of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) at Dartmouth

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release • Posted 07/23/09
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Vice Provost for Research Martin N. Wybourne has announced the appointment of Scott Dynes as Research Director at the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P), effective July 20. Dynes, a specialist in the economics of information security, comes to the I3P from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, where he has been a senior research fellow at the Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies. The I3P, founded at Dartmouth in 2002, is a national consortium of 27 leading academic institutions, federally funded laboratories and non-profit research organizations dedicated to strengthening the security of the digital infrastructure.

Wybourne (left) and Dynes of the I3P at Dartmouth
Wybourne (left) and Dynes of the I3P at Dartmouth. (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

As head of research for the I3P, Dynes will oversee a wide range of projects that involve multi-disciplinary teams working on security challenges in such key areas as energy, healthcare, policy, and education. Dynes succeeds Charles C. Palmer who will remain a strategic advisor to the I3P.

“The I3P is an increasingly visible player on the national and international stage.  We are fortunate that after an extensive search we have found someone of Scott’s caliber to oversee the research,” said Wybourne. “Scott brings a wealth of experience to the position and is well acquainted with the I3P, having already made significant contributions to the organization’s research portfolio.”

For the past six years, Dynes has studied how firms manage information security, looking at the drivers and incentives that determine investment choices and at the economic consequences of information security failures. In particular, he has examined the impact of cyber disruptions on the grocery supply chain network, and collaboratively developed tools for helping firms identify and manage complex cyber risks.

“As research director of the I3P, my goal is to create and support research teams working on efforts ranging from theoretical research to practical tools to ensure the security and continuity of America’s information infrastructure,” said Dynes. “Interacting with I3P researchers across the U.S. in this capacity is a great privilege. I am certain it will also be highly rewarding both from a research and personal viewpoint.”

Martha Austin, executive director of the I3P, said, “Scott’s appointment is a wonderful step forward for the I3P. In recent months, it has become increasingly clear that multi-institutional organizations such as the I3P will play an expanded role in helping address national research challenges related to cyberspace. Scott has both the vision and expertise to lead these expanded efforts and will be a great asset as we move forward.”

Dynes has a B.S. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the recipient of many research awards, including one from the World Bank, and has served on numerous committees and boards.

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