The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity was established in 2015 as a research and collaboration hub at the University of California, Berkeley. From our home in the School of Information, our mission is to help individuals and organizations address tomorrow’s information security challenges to amplify the upside of the digital revolution.
To get out ahead of today's cybersecurity problems, the time horizon needs to be expanded to years and decades. We look to the future, to the evolving intersection of people and digital technologies, to inform today's decision-makers. Our Cybersecurity Futures 2025 scenarios aim to shape a forward-looking research and policy agenda that is intellectually and practically robust—and broadly applicable across countries and regions.
Our community of students and alumni represent the next generation of leaders in industry, public interest, and cybersecurity research. From UC Berkeley’s Master of Information and Cybersecurity degree program, to the Citizen Clinic, a unique resource for providing cybersecurity assistance to politically vulnerable organizations, we are training tomorrow’s information security professionals to address pressing problems along multiple dimensions.
Research is central to our mission. In 2019 alone, we funded more than 30 research projects, supporting roughly 50 graduate student and faculty researchers with $1.3 million in funding.
Our grantees and in-house researchers are tackling important questions that will shape the future of cybersecurity, including: How can organizations better detect spear-phishing cyberattacks? How could neural signals be used for online authentication? What types of defenses could help protect at-risk activists and NGOs from state-level surveillance? And how are different nations addressing artificial intelligence governance and security?
We provide a bridge between cutting-edge academic research and real-world industry and policy needs. We partner with corporations, government agencies, and civil society organizations, including the World Economic Forum; Microsoft; HP, Inc.; T-Mobile; the California Legislature; and cyber and technology diplomats from 25 countries. Through our events and publications, we are helping today’s decision-makers develop tomorrow’s solutions.
The long-term health of the digital ecosystem requires us to approach cybersecurity across the full spectrum of human-machine interaction, from basic technical research to the political, behavioral, economic, and cultural dimensions of cybersecurity. We invite you to join us on this exciting journey as we work together to shape the future of cybersecurity.