Silicon Flatirons Conference: Improving Resilience in Cybersecurity and Spectrum

Improving Resilience in Cybersecurity and Spectrum

November 15, 2017, 2pm–6:45pm
Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship
University of Colorado Law School
Wolf Law Building
2450 Kittredge Loop Road
Boulder, CO 80309

Basic Information

Overview

Society increasingly depends on computer networks and wireless systems. Yet, outages and adverse incidents are regular occurrences.  It has become essential for this technology to maintain an acceptable level of service-in other words, to be resilient.

Different fields have different approaches to becoming resilient. For example, medicine and electric grid management learn from many decades of practice and mistakes to improve the safety and robustness of service delivery.  Their overarching goal is to drive greater awareness and learn from experience, not to cast blame or scapegoat individuals for mistakes.  In the fields of cybersecurity and spectrum, by contrast, there are no institutional strategies for capturing information around outages, attacks, and interference, which in turn would enable learning around why such harms arise and drive better practices to avoid them in the future.

This conference will explore institutional strategies in health care and electricity to improve the resilience of computing and radio systems.  We will bring together a range of professionals, academics, and policymakers to consider how such institutional strategies could be developed and implemented in areas of cybersecurity and spectrum.

Agenda

2:00pm – 2:15pm Introduction and Welcome

  • Phil Weiser, Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School; Executive Director and Founder, Silicon Flatirons

2:15pm – 3:15pm Improving Resilience in Radio Communications and Computer Networks

Moderator: Pierre de Vries, Spectrum Policy Initiative Co-director and Executive Fellow, Silicon Flatirons

Panelists

  • Steven M. Bellovin, Percy K. and Vida L. W. Hudson Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University
  • Keith Gremban, Director, Institute for Telecommunication Sciences; Co-Director, Center for Advanced Communications, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
  • Joe Marx, Assistant Vice President, Federal Regulatory, AT&T
  • Adam Shostack, President, Shostack & Associates

3:15pm – 3:30pm Break

3:30pm – 4:30pm Learning from Best Practices: The Cases of Health Care and Electricity

Moderator: Phil Weiser, Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School; Executive Director and Founder, Silicon Flatirons

Panelists

  • Erfan Ibrahim, Center Director, Cyber-Physical Systems Security and Resilience, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Bruce Johnson, Shareholder, Polsinelli
  • Robin J. Lunt, Of Counsel, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
  • Heidi Wald, Associate Professor, Division of Health Care Policy & Research, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

4:30pm – 4:45pm Break

4:45pm – 5:45pm Pulling it all Together

Moderator: Phil Weiser, Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School; Executive Director and Founder, Silicon Flatirons

Panelists

  • Pierre de Vries, Spectrum Policy Initiative Co-director and Executive Fellow, Silicon Flatirons
  • Robin J. Lunt, Of Counsel, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
  • Adam Shostack, President, Shostack & Associates

5:45pm – 6:45pm Reception

Please note: Per university alcohol policy, only registered guests will be admitted to the reception.