The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) is a research and collaboration hub housed within the University of California, Berkeley School of Information (I School). Funded through a generous seed grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CLTC has a mission to design solutions to cybersecurity issues that arise wherever humans and digital systems interact, based on a long-term vision of the internet and its future.
CLTC’s work is founded on a future-oriented approach to cybersecurity, and we seek to develop a deeper and broader understanding of information technology security. We conduct and support rigorous research into the socio-economic, technology, and policy issues that will bear on security. This requires us to take a long-term look into the future of these interactions and to design a platform for studies, plans, recommendations, and actions that our community of researchers and practitioners will undertake.
As part of our approach to understanding cybersecurity, CLTC developed a set of scenarios—narratives depicting possible futures for the year 2020—to inform our research agenda and provoke dialogue among academics, industry practitioners, and government policymakers. To synthesize these scenarios, we organized summits with external constituents in the business, non-profit, and public policy spheres.
The resulting scenarios—presented in a comprehensive report, Cybersecurity Futures 2020—are intended to help shape a carefully directed research agenda that will promote a greater understanding of important emergent cybersecurity challenges, as well as potential solutions.
Working with researchers from UC Berkeley and outside organizations, we are building a diverse community of partners to advance concepts, technologies, and recommendations that will help governments, corporations, and the public better prepare for the challenges of cybersecurity throughout the 21st century. We focus our work on three streams of activity: Research, Education, and Engagement.
From technology to public policy, behavioral science to biometrics, CLTC is working to shape human society in the digital age. Since our inception, we have allocated more than two million dollars in funding to dozens of researchers working on the leading edge of computer science and engineering, as well as economics, political science, law, psychology, and other relevant domains. Our grantees are actively pursuing important cybersecurity challenges, including:
- How can organizations better detect spear-phishing cyberattacks?
- How could neural signals be used for online authentication?
- How effective are tactics such as financial account closures and asset seizures in deterring cyber criminals?
- What types of defenses could help protect at-risk activists and NGOs from state-level surveillance?
- How can corporations better understand and manage legal liabilities and other risks related to cyber attacks?
Training diverse researchers and professionals is a core challenge in the cybersecurity space. From our home in the I School, CLTC is developing new programs to improve and expand education.
Among other activities, we are partnering with the I School and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences to develop a new master’s degree program in cybersecurity. We also organize regular seminars featuring speakers from diverse fields and help lead a weekly reading group to discuss works related to emerging issues in cybersecurity with students across campus. In addition, we are developing a technical training for women and minorities who may be interested in transitioning from other careers into the cybersecurity field.
CLTC is helping connect leaders from companies, government, NGOs, schools and universities, and other institutions—in California and around the world. We actively support research partnerships in the United States and globally; we participate in industry events and conferences; and we regularly invite guest speakers for seminars and presentations.
As examples of recent events, we hosted a meeting of the White House-led Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity; we have co-led events with partners like Christian Science Monitor’s Passcode and the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C.; and our Lunch Seminar Series has brought a diverse range of professionals and experts to the UC Berkeley campus, including:
- Admiral Michael Rogers, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; Director, NSA
- Vinton G. Cerf, Co-founder of the Internet
- James C. Trainor, Jr., Assistant Director, Cyber Division, FBI
- Parisa Tabriz, Head of Information Security Engineering, Google
CLTC also is committed to taking thoughtful and innovative direct action when appropriate. In the past, the Center has issued policy recommendations for the new administration; submitted written testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Information Technology; and published a white paper proposing a Cyber Workforce Incubator, an innovative solution to the federal government’s cybersecurity skills shortage.
For more information on how to partner with us, please see https://cltc.berkeley.edu/work-with-us/.