MIT to launch three Institute-wide cybersecurity efforts March 12

New research programs will tackle technical, regulatory, and business challenges.

March 2, 2015

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MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab

Paul Denning
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MIT Sloan School of Management

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On Thursday, March 12, MIT will launch three new research endeavors aimed at addressing the technical, regulatory, and business challenges of cybersecurity. Reporters are invited to attend the launch event, “Cybersecurity at MIT,” which will feature talks by and interview opportunities with key MIT cybersecurity experts.

Recognizing the importance of a more integrated approach to combatting data breaches and security failures, the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the MIT Sloan School of Management are spearheading three new interdisciplinary research efforts to tackle the growing problem of how to safeguard digital data. The three efforts are:

  • Cybersecurity@CSAIL, a new CSAIL initiative led by Howard Shrobe, associate director of CSAIL, that will bring together experts in software, hardware, cryptography and other fields to address the technical challenges associated with preventing, working through and recovering from web-based attacks. 
  • The MIT Cybersecurity Policy Initiative, an interdisciplinary program funded by a $15 million grant from the Hewlett Foundation and led by Daniel Weitzner (former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House), that will draw researchers from across MIT to create the foundations for a smart, sustainable cybersecurity policy.

The full schedule of events is available here:

Launch of MIT’s comprehensive new cybersecurity efforts   


  • L. Rafael Reif, MIT president
  • Maria T. Zuber, MIT vice president for research
  • Daniela Rus, director of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
  • S.P. Kothari, deputy dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Stuart Madnick, director of (IC)3  
  • Howard Shrobe, director of CyberSecurity@CSAIL and associate director of CSAIL
  • Daniel Weitzner, director of the MIT Cybersecurity Policy Initiative and former U.S. deputy chief technology officer for internet policy in the White House

Full schedule:

Thursday, March 12
9-10 a.m. (Eastern Time)

Kirsch Auditorium
The Stata Center (Building 32, Room 123)
32 Vassar Street

Reporters interested in attending should RSVP to Adam Conner-Simons at or by calling 617-324-9135.