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Cybersecurity and Privacy Festival 2021

Cybersecurity and Privacy Festival 2021

October 19 & 20, 1pm-5pm ET | 10am-2pm PT

Stanford has partnered with leading universities around the country to bring you the 2021 Cybersecurity and Privacy Festival, equipped with diverse perspectives and subject matter experts that will prepare you to recognize and defend against the latest cybersecurity threats.

This is an all-virtual event hosted through Hopin and brought to you by the Ivy+ community. All Stanford University, Stanford Healthcare, Stanford Education, and the broader higher education communities are invited.

The Future of Work

Living in a hybrid world, much of our professional and personal lives take place online. You may be comfortable working and playing in the digital universe, but are you prepared to defend yourself against the latest privacy and cybersecurity threats? Cybercrime has evolved, with cybercriminals able to unleash attacks that have lifelong impacts on personal and professional lives. Now is the time to protect your work, assets, and identity.

Join the Ivy+ Information Security and Privacy Offices for this two-day event to ensure online safety and security in your personal and professional life. This collaborative event, open to everyone in the higher education community, will include workshops, panel discussions, and lightning talks with subject matter experts and peers from across the country.

Agenda Topics

Keynote Session

Opening remarks, the future of work intro and what it means to cybersecurity & data privacy
Steve Gallagher, Raina Rose Tagle & Michael Tran Duff
Stanford University
October 19th at 1:00pm - 1:15pm ET | 10:00am - 10:15am PT

Cyber Threat Brief Live Interactive Discussion

A live discussion on some of the most common cyber threats the FBI sees, how you could be targeted, and basic methods to protect yourself.
Scott Hellman
October 19th at 1:20pm - 2:00pm ET | 10:20am - 11:00am PT
No Recording Available

Evolution of Privacy (Panel Discussion)

We’re in the middle of an explosion of massive amounts of personal data being created and used in radically new ways. This raises challenges for everyone in the privacy ecosystem:  governments, companies, universities and individuals.  Our panel will talk about the privacy and ethical challenges faced by each these actors, and what are their roles and responsibilities in protecting our personal data in the future.   
Karen Habercoss
University of Chicago

Todd Knowles & Diane Padgett 
Duke University
Irina Raicu
Santa Clara University
Brian Gin
Stanford University
October 19th at 2:10pm - 3:00pm ET | 11:10 am - 12:00 pm PT
No Recording Available


Personal Security Actions

If knowing is half the battle, this is the other half. In this interactive workshop we'll go through the actions you can take right now to improve your personal security posture- from protecting your accounts to securing your personal devices.
Micah Andrew Nelson
Harvard University
October 19th at 2:10pm - 3:00pm ET | 11:10am - 12:00pm PT

Overlooked methods of cyberstalking and 'personal operational security'

 Marc Doughty
Brown University
​October 19th at 2:10pm - 3:00pm ET | 11:10am - 12:00pm PT



What is the Virginia Tech IT Security and Lab?

The Virginia Tech IT Security office (ITSO) is responsible for running all of the cyber defense of the University’s main campus in Blacksburg, VA and its 3 remote campuses in Arlington, Falls Church and Alexandria, VA. This portion of the talk covers our network environment and security architecture philosophy. The IT Security Lab (ITSL) is a component of the ITSO and is manned by undergraduate and graduate students. Any student from any major who’s working on cybersecurity research is welcome to be a part of the ITSL. Students work closely with ITSO faculty/staff on various real world, hands-on tasks. The Lab has 4 Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) and work study opportunities for undergraduate students. The Lab has graduated 14 PhD’s, 14 Masters students and secured 3 cybersecurity patents. We’ll show examples of various dashboards created by the students and staff for research and operational purposes.
Randy Marchany
​Virginia Tech
October 19th at 3:10pm - 4:00pm ET | 12:10pm - 1:00pm PT

Building Capability and Community Through Cyber Incident Response Exercises

It’s now a given that all organizations will eventually experience a cyber-attack or breach (if they haven’t been compromised already), making it imperative that you improve your readiness to respond to cyber incidents. Planning and executing periodic cyber incident response exercises develops your organization's capability to respond and helps build your community of those who will be better prepared to respond. This session will provide practical steps with examples for planning and executing recurring exercises. Let’s share our collective experiences to improve the readiness posture of all our organizations. 
Matthew Ricks
​Stanford University
October 19th at 3:10pm - 4:00pm ET | 12:10pm - 1:00pm PT

Privacy Talk/Conversation

Mehran Sahami
Stanford University
October 18th at 3:10pm - 4:00pm ET | 12:10pm - 1:00pm PT

Student Panel Discussion

Kyla Guru
Stanford University
October 19th at 4:10pm - 4:55pm ET | 1:10pm - 1:55pm PT


Codes & Ciphers for Beginners

We'll walk through the history of mechanisms used to secure communications, stopping along the way to enjoy some hands-on examples of encoding and decoding secret text. This session will be presented at a beginner level, for people with an interest but little experience in the topic.
Jeremy Tavan
Stanford University
Carol Gao
October 19th at 4:10pm - 4:55pm ET | 1:10pm - 1:55pm PT

Paradise Lost: Red Team vs. Blue Team Exercise

Authentic offensive/defensive training exercise in which Blue Team participants take control of a fictitious computing infrastructure and attempt to maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of critical services while under withering attack from a sophisticated Red Team bent on wreaking havoc.
Alex Keller
Stanford University
October 19th at 4:10pm - 4:55pm ET | 1:10pm - 1:55pm PT


Securing Your Home Network - It's not that scary

Most households have networks of devices linked to the internet. This network often includes computers, gaming systems, TVs, tablets, smartphones, etc. Who secures your home network? You do, of course! Many of us set up a wireless router, go about our business, and forget about it. But in this age of data breaches and other online threats, we all need to take measures to increase the security of our home network. Join us and obtain a helpful checklist to aid in completing this important security task. We promise, it’s not that scary! This InfoSec 200-level class does not have any prerequisites and will define intermediate-level concepts or terminology.
Tara Schaufler & David Sherry
Princeton University
October 20th at 1:00pm - 1:50pm ET | 10:00am - 10:50am PT

All-In-One: Secure, Scalable, Intelligent Solutions for Precision Medicine

Are you interested to know how a precision medicine platform can deliver security, scalability, and meaningful insights using novel algorithms all in one place? Do you like to know how infectious diseases such as COVID-19 can be predicted using wearables data via a secure mobile app? Want to know about how to securely handle Genomic data analysis across multiple cloud platforms and many more interesting future works? Join this workshop to learn more about recent works by scientists at Stanford Deep Data Research Computing Center (DDRCC) in this domain.
Amir Bahmani & Arash Alavi
Stanford University
October 20th at 1:00pm - 1:50pm ET | 10:00am - 10:50am PT


Julie Tsai
October 20th at 2:00pm - 2:50pm ET | 11:00am - 11:50am PT

Envisioning Online Hate and Harassment as a Security Problem

Online hate and harassment attacks, ranging from toxic content online to cyber stalking, continue to plague Internet users around the world. In this talk, we’ll discuss a taxonomy of these attacks, demonstrate how these attacks have direct analogs to traditional security attacks, and show that this mapping can inform potential defensive solutions. We’ll then discuss two studies that showcase how user experiences with online hate and harassment are highly varied, often based on a complex interplay between users’ identities and previous digital experiences. We’ll conclude with potential areas for improving users’ online experiences, ranging from simple personalized tuning of existing automated classifiers to privacy-preserving, personalized models of hate and harassment online. Such systems may be another tool in the toolbox for content moderators and platforms who seek to protect their users from unwanted digital abuse.
Deepak Kumar
Stanford University


October 20th at 2:00pm - 2:50pm ET | 11:00am - 11:50am PT

Are you prepared for Ransomware?

A briefing on MS-ISAC’s ransomware guide, with practical recommendations for universities. Presented by Melissa Muth, a University of Pennsylvania Senior Information Security Architect.
Melissa Muth & Chris Bujak
University of Pennsylvania
October 20th at 2:00pm - 2:50pm ET | 11:00am - 11:50am PT

Lights, Camera, Hacktion

Get your popcorn and overpriced candy ready, we're going to the movies. Through the lens of your favorite films, we will explore cyber security topics and see how Hollywood stacks up to reality. Get ready for Lights, Camera, Hacktion. Coming soon to a web browser near you.
Micah Nelson Andrew
Harvard University
Robert Desilets Jr.
University of Pennsylvania
October 20th at 3:00pm - 3:50pm ET | 12:00pm - 12:50pm PT

Coordinating phishing response in a decentralized University

Discussion of phishing incident response challenges and opportunities for future improvement.” Incident response at a decentralized University can be challenging, and responding to phishing attacks is no exception. In this presentation, we will explore how Penn's Office of Information Security works with 12 Schools and 40+ Centers to detect and coordinate response to phishing campaigns. We will discuss the tools and processes we currently use, and talk about future opportunities for improvement.
Robert Desilets & Mike Sanker
​University of Pennsylvania
October 20th at 3:00pm - 3:50pm ET | 12:00pm - 12:50pm PT

Partners not Police: Reintroducing cybersecurity as part of your University’s mission

How do you make Information Security part of your University culture? Learn how Yale is introducing cybersecurity responsibility in innovative, engaging ways. The goal is to help the community see their online actions as ways to protect the Yale mission. Join us as we take you on our journey of building our cybersecurity awareness program in a hybrid world. We will show you how we have redefined Information Security as partners, not police.
Jessica Flower & Wendy Battles
​Yale University
October 20th at 3:00pm - 3:50pm ET | 12:00pm - 12:50pm PT

CISO Live Panel Discussion

Come join a live discussion on the current cybersecurity landscape, what has changed, and how those changes affect you.
Michael Tran Duff - Stanford University
David Sherry - Princeton University
Mark Dieterich- Brown University
Nathan Hall - Harvard University
Richard Biever - Duke University
Nick Falcone - University of Pennsylvania
Paul Rivers - Yale University
Bobby Edmala - Cornell University


October 20th at 4:00pm - 4:50pm ET | 1:00pm - 1:50pm PT

Event Platform

Sponsored by the Stanford Women in Data Science, this year's event will be hosted on Hopin, an event technology platform that will provide an immersive, engaging experience. Register to access Hopin and explore event speakers and workshop details.

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