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Cybersecurity Forum Explores Future of Information Security

The field of cybersecurity has been rapidly changing as the technologies available continue to change around the world. During the 13th Annual Forum on Financial Information Systems and Cybersecurity, privacy and cybersecurity experts discussed everything from policy to automobiles to data breaches.

The forum was sponsored jointly by the University of Maryland School of Public Policy’s Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise and Robert H. Smith School of Business. Attended by scholars and working professionals in the fields of information security and public policy, the forum was organized by Senior Research Scholar and Director of Research for CPPPE William Lucyshyn, from the School of Public Policy; and Ernst & Young Alumni Professor Lawrence A. Gordon and Professor and Deloitte & Touche Faculty Fellow Martin P. Loeb, from the Smith School of Business.

“Cybersecurity continues to grow in importance as a major research focus for the School of Public Policy,” said SPP Dean Robert Orr during the lunch session of the forum. In his remarks, Orr stressed that cybersecurity is at a place where attackers are moving quickly and defenses are not moving at the same pace. He noted that organizations of all sizes are being targeted to steal personal data, and the government is no exception.

Orr’s remarks also served as an introduction for the lunch session speaker, David Mussington, director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise and professor of the practice at the School of Public Policy. “Today we’re very lucky to be joined by the new director of CPPPE, David Mussington, not only because of what he personally brings, but also what he brings professionally,” Orr said. “There’s a wide range of experience David brings to the Center and this conversation.”

During his session, titled “A Cybersecurity Agenda for the New Administration,” Mussington discussed government intervention, small business security threats and the recent presidential election. He noted that elections were previously not included in the critical infrastructure set to be protected from security threats. “We need a system to help states protect their election databases,” he said. “We have a systemic problem. We have infrastructures protected, but not well enough.”

Other presentations during the forum included “Digital Forensics and Economic Cybersecurity Policy” , “The Challenge of Securing the Modern Automobile” , “Cybersecurity Investments in Private Sector Firms” , “Fine-Grained Data Breach Prediction Using Business Profiles” , “Making Democracy Harder to Hack” , “BSafe: A Blockchain Research Network” , “Understanding the Impact of Cyber Risk on Insurer Capital” , and “The State of Cybersecurity from the Federal Cyber Executive Perspective.”