October 2, 2018

CLTC Hosts 2nd Annual Research Exchange

What are the latest advances in encryption? How should cybersecurity be built into urban infrastructure? What measures can be taken to secure the internet of things for senior users? How might custom-fit, brainwave-detecting earbuds be used for authentication? These were just a few of the topics discussed at the 2nd…

September 18, 2018

CLTC Issues Request for Proposals for 2019 Grants

The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) has issued its fourth annual Request for Proposals (RFP), through which UC Berkeley-affiliated researchers can apply for research funding. “CLTC believes that a transformative cybersecurity research program should not only address the most interesting and complex challenges of today’s socio-technical security environment, but also…

August 23, 2018

CLTC Welcomes Three New Researchers

CLTC is excited to announce the arrival of three new researchers to our team: Nick Merrill, Post-Doctoral Fellow Nick Merrill, who recently earned his Ph.D. in the UC Berkeley School of Information, will be joining CLTC as a post-doctoral fellow. Merrill worked in UC Berkeley’s BioSENSE Lab, where he explored…

August 6, 2018

CLTC Media Round-Up: Researchers Covered in WaPo, WSJ, CBC, and More

From blogs and podcasts to feature coverage in international news, researchers affiliated with the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity have received widespread coverage in the media in recent weeks. Below is a round-up of our latest hits, with links to the original articles when available. Amit Elazari and Launch of “Disclose.io”…

July 24, 2018

CLTC Releases New Report on Supporting Politically Vulnerable Organizations’ Cybersecurity

A new report published by the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) details how media outlets, human rights groups, NGOs, and other politically vulnerable organizations face significant cybersecurity threats—often at the hands of powerful governments— but have limited resources to protect themselves. The paper, “Defending Politically Vulnerable Organizations Online,” by CLTC Research Fellow Sean Brooks, provides an overview of cybersecurity threats to civil society organizations targeted for political purposes, and explores the ecosystem of resources available to help these organizations improve their cybersecurity.

July 24, 2018

CLTC and Microsoft Host Digital Accountability Workshop

On Tuesday, July 17th, the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity partnered with Microsoft to host a one-day workshop focused on “Digital Accountability: Designing Futures for Cyberattack Attribution.” Held at The Faculty Club on the UC Berkeley campus, the workshop brought together participants from industry, academia, civil society, and government to explore…

June 25, 2018

CLTC Grantee Q&A: Cybersecurity and Data Vulnerability in Mobile Sensing Devices

Alice M. Agogino, Danielle Poreh, Euiyoung Kim, and Matilde Bisballe Jensen recently had their CLTC-funded research published on the Design Society website. In their paper, “Novice Designers’ Lack of Awareness To Cybersecurity and Data Vulnerability in New Concept Development of Mobile Sensing Devices,” the researchers focus on the privacy awareness of particularly vulnerable users…

June 19, 2018

CLTC Grantee Q&A: Using Intermediaries to Deter Cybercrime

Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity Grantees Aniket Kesari, Chris Hoofnagle, and Damon McCoy recently released a paper in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, “Deterring Cybercrime: Focus on the Intermediaries,” focused on how various enforcers use the law to police cybercrime. Specifically, the authors describe how intellectual property owners, technology companies, and…

June 7, 2018

New CLTC Report Highlights Privacy Risks in the “Internet of Things”

Regulators and product makers need to do more to protect consumer data in the Internet of Things (IoT), as the rapid proliferation of web-connected devices is leading to the potentially irreversible erosion of our personal privacy. That is among the key findings of a new research report, Privacy and the Internet of Things: Emerging Frameworks for Policy and Design, published by the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity in partnership with researchers from the Internet of Things Privacy Forum.

May 16, 2018

CLTC Research: American Companies Struggle to Meet GDPR’s Data Breach Notification Rules

On May 25, 2018, Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect following a two-year implementation period. Among the regulations outlined in the GDPR, the data breach notification requirement is likely to be particularly problematic for American companies. Article 33 of the GDPR sets the deadline for data breach notification at 72 hours, and any delay beyond that must be accompanied by an explanation. Companies that fail to comply with this requirement face potentially massive fines: up to 4% of annual revenues or 20 million Euros. According to research by the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, most companies fall far short of the GDPR’s requirements in their standard notification practice. In only 9.1% of the breach incidents we analyzed did companies comply with the GDPR’s 72-hour requirement. Around two thirds (67.5%) provided notification within deadlines set by state privacy laws, but the leap from 45 days to 72 hours is significant, and the broad application of the GDPR sets a de facto standard for data breach reporting that companies will be hard-pressed to meet.

May 9, 2018

Media Roundup: CLTC in the News, Grantee Updates

Media Coverage: CLTC in the News New Report: ‘China’s Long Game in Techno-Nationalism’ CLTC Faculty Director Steven Weber and UC Berkeley School of Information Ph.D Student and 2018 CLTC grantee Shazeda Ahmed have released a new report. In “China’s Long Game in Techno-Nationalism”, the authors discuss how the passage of…

April 16, 2018

Cyber Operations in Conflict: Lessons from Analytic Wargames

Policymakers and military leaders may need to broaden their assumptions about how state and non-state actors are likely to use hacking and other cyber operations in future crises and conflicts, according to a new report, Cyber Operations in Conflict: Lessons from Analytic Wargames. Authored by researchers from American University and…

March 20, 2018

Q&A with Juliana Schroeder: On Humans, Machines, and Trust

On Thursday, March 22 at 12pm, the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity will host the second event in our Spring 2018 Seminar Series. This presentation will feature Juliana Schroeder, Assistant Professor in UC Berkeley’s Haas Management of Organizations Group. RSVP here to attend this event, which will be held on South…

February 9, 2018

Media Round-Up: Cybersecurity and the Winter Olympics, Emotional Data, and More.

Cybersecurity of the Olympic Games With the 2018 Winter Olympics set to begin in Pyeongchang, global media outlets have taken notice of the potential cybersecurity risks associated with this event. Several publications have cited CLTC’s research on the cybersecurity of the Olympic Games, which was detailed in a report released…

January 25, 2018

Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity Announces 2018 Research Grantees

The UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) is proud to announce the recipients of our 2018 research grants. In total, 37 different groups of researchers will share a total of over $1 million in funding to support a broad range of initiatives related to cybersecurity and other emerging issues…

January 11, 2018

Now Hiring: Researchers Wanted for New Initiatives at the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity

The UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) is hiring a team of researchers—including current doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, visiting scholars, and staff researchers—to contribute to new research initiatives focused on four primary areas: the security implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning; the human capital and talent pipeline for…

January 5, 2018

CLTC Grantee Rena Coen Pens Slate Piece on “Inference”

“Web of Assumptions,” an article authored by CLTC Grantee Rena Coen for Slate’s Future Tense, focuses on digital marketers’ use of “inference”—connecting data from multiple sources to make probabilistic guesses about consumers’ race, age, gender, and other factors—to personalize prices, search results, and other marketing messages. “If a company asks…

January 2, 2018

Q&A with Jonathan Reiber, Author of “Asian Cybersecurity Futures”

The UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity recently released a new study, Asian Cybersecurity Futures: Opportunity and Risk in the Rising Digital World, which uses scenarios to explore diverse political, economic, and technological factors that will shape Asia’s future as the region becomes more connected to the internet. Authored by…