Cyber Legislation, Education, and A Healthy Dose of Realism with Special Guest Dr. Jim Purtilo – CF017

This week on Cyber Frontiers Christian, Ashton, and Jim catch up with Dr. Jim Purtilo (guest from Episode 3) to discuss historical and trending topics in cyber legislation, as well as many of the central issues surrounding cyber education in industry and academia. We explore some of the driving factors behind changes in mentality on where cyber legislation should be developed (and/or curtailed) – and where the disconnects are in understanding the current state of affairs in cyber legislation, education, and privacy matters that impact the average guy

Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future Through an Academic Perspective!   Christian Johnson, a student at the University of Maryland will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does.

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Cyber Legislation

The Patriot Act – How did it get us to the policy decisions we are making today?

International Cooperation between Executive powers on cybersecurity matters.

We’re not asking for back doors. We have – we believe in very clear front doors through legal processes that should help to keep our country safe. — Agree or disagree?

New cybersecurity legislation on the horizon

Cybersecurity is an inherently shared mission between the government and the private sector. No single agency within the government can undertake cybersecurity alone, but even more importantly, the federal government cannot address the cybersecurity threat by itself. We must truly collaborate with the private sector on many levels in order to make our cybersecurity efforts effective.  — Do you agree or disagree?

Ask yourself: Why is the government seeking authorization to do something it already claims authority to do?

What game changer technologies might influence our cyber legislation in the future?

—Autonomous vehicles, drones, Flying the real planes – FAA legislation (or lack thereof)

—Netflix (already in the works) w/ FCC

—Virtual Reality?

How to get messages to prisoners? (radio)

This article really hits home on a topic we talk about throughout the show – does subverting encryption techniques really benefit us in the long run? After reading how they sent the secret message to soldiers using a radio commercial, the phrase “if there’s a will there’s a way” seems very applicable to the debate.

Cyber Education

—Why is this really important?

—What are we teaching technologists about these types of issues?

—What is the difference between a cyber guy and a Computer Scientist?

—How do we define what cyber really is?

Is cyber just the cool word on the block – and if so how does it compare/contrast to the scholastic goals of forming scholars in computer science? (i.e. rational thinkers who can solve problems)

Are people being trained to enter the workforce in cybersecurity being productized?

–Historically Black Colleges receiving $25 million in funding as per new Cybersecurity policies


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