Karl Rauscher, Distinguished Fellow and Chief Technology Officer, EastWest Institute
Civilization is dependent like never before on fast appearing technologies that are pervasively deployed in our midst, their benefits motivating their continued adoption for as far as we can see. However, around the world, national security, economic growth and stability and even public safety are instantly jeopardized when our information and communications technology-based services are impaired. Interestingly, society's dramatically increasing exposure to these types of failures is not from the technology itself but rather from the limitations of the policies that support its use amongst individuals, enterprises and government and non-government organizations, bringing international cybersecurity diplomacy to the forefront of the international security of our world.
In the process of examining the inherent vulnerabilities of cyberspace, the Eight Ingredient (8i) Framework proves to be a thorough and comprehensive advanced analysis method that can be utilized to anticipate challenges and identify best practices in cybersecurity. Of the eight ingredients though, Policy (or Agreements, Standards, Policy and Regulations-ASPR), rather than technology, is the area most behind and least developed in vulnerability analysis. Based on this need for the development and implementation of policy, especially on an international level, the EastWest Institute (EWI) brings together governments, subject matter experts, and industry stakeholders to find and forge consensus on international policies that make cyberspace safer, more stable and secure.
Student moderator: Adam Cook is a junior in the Computer Science Department. This semester he is a Teaching Assistant for CS180, Cybersecurity and International Relations, and he has been a Teaching Assistant for several other courses in his time at Brown. Last summer he interned at Tripadvisor, and this summer, he will be working at Dropbox, developing their Android app.