In many ways, national and homeland security are always of paramount importance in a world gripped by a series of public health and security crises, but 2021 marks an especially important year that will tell much about our ability to meet the moment. How can the United States work with both historical allies and new strategic partners to tackle the full range of national security threats facing the nation, ranging from COVID-19 to climate change and cybersecurity? The incoming Biden administration will have to tackle these topics, and many more. We seek to highlight these challenges, and opportunities, in particular highlighting the overlapping nature of these topical areas particularly related to cybersecurity ethics and norms.
National and Homeland Security at IU
Indiana University features a rich array of national and homeland security resources across the university. The university is recognized by the federal government as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education and in Cyber Defense Research. Its Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR) was founded in 2003 and is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Energy, and others, as the only "university-level center in the country that involves legal, policy, economic, and behavioral research, along with technical expertise." CACR leads the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence and collaborates closely with Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane. Indiana University is also home to the Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Ren-ISAC), one of the 19 recognized ISCAS, that coordinates cybersecurity alerts among 540 member institutions in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.
The university has a uniquely interdisciplinary approach to security education. In addition to school-specific degrees, the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, the Kelley School of Business, and the Maurer School of Law offer an interdisciplinary master's degree in Cybersecurity Risk Management. The Ostrom Workshop operates a program on Cybersecurity and Internet Governance, the university hosts a summer Security Matters Cybercamp for high school students, and a new Cybersecurity Clinic, funded by the Hewlett Foundation and serving local governments, will open in the fall. Ethics training is included in all of these programs.
Keywords: national and homeland security, cybersecurity, cyber-attacks, autonomous weapons, drones, ubiquitous surveillance, election hacking, and encryption
Convener(s): Scott Shackelford
Project Activities To Date
Seller Beware! Cyber Security Industry and Ethical Issues Related to Commercial Opportunities in the Market: Surveillance States, Oppressive Regimes, Cyber Crime Syndicates! with Val Mukherjee (co-hosted by Luddy, the Ostrom Workshop, and the IU Cybersecurity Program), August 27, 2020
How AI will Disrupt Health Care, and Bioethics with Gene Spafford (co-hosted by Luddy, the Ostrom Workshop, and the IU Cybersecurity Program), October 1, 2020
Securing the Vote featuring IU President Michael McRobbie (co-sponsored with the Democracy Themester), October 22, 2020
Advancing National and International Cybersecurity Policy and Norms with Amanda Craig Deckard, Microsoft (co-hosted by the Ostrom Workshop and the IU Cybersecurity Program), October 29, 2020
- Simon Jones & Anina Schwarzenbach, Belfer Center, November 4, 2020
- Trey Herr and Safa Shahwan Edwards, Atlantic Council, November 17, 2020
- Josephine Wolff, Fletcher School, November 19, 2020
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