Susan Landau Office Hours and Teaching, 2017-2018

Office Hours:

My office hours for Fall 2017 are:

Mon. 2:30 - 3:30: Halligan 241

Thu. 11 -12: Mugar 251D

Because of travel related to my new book, Listening In: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age, I will be travelling a lot this fall. I will be away October 23, November 2, 9, 16, and 20. Please check with my admin, Kristin Sarkisian, whether I'll be in.


My teaching for Spring 2018 will be:

Cyber in the Civilian Sector: Threats and Upheavals: There is a myth that the Internet erases borders. But as Internet companies' ability to place localized ads show, that's false. What's more accurate is that the Internet complicates a nation's ability to control of the flow of information within its borders. (This is not a new challenge for sovereign nations; consider the telegraph.) This fluidity has created great economic opportunity and simplified trans-border access, the latter potentially threatening security and other basic state functions. With bits increasingly controlling the world around us, the Digital Revolution poses a highly disruptive threat. In this course, well explore cyber clashes in the civilian sector: from jurisdictional issues and the challenges posed by new technologies to criminal activities and impacts on civil infrastructures. While several of the topics are also covered in International Cyber Conflict: An Introduction to Power and Conflict in Cyberspace, DHP P249, the intersection between the two courses will be relatively minimal. Cyber in the Civilian Sector will have a greater focus on technology and, naturally enough, on the civilian, as opposed to national-security, side of the house.

Privacy in the Digital Age: This module will provide an introduction to the threats to and protections for privacy in the digital age, examining public and private sector threats, and looking at issues from an international point of view. Topics to be covered include privacy threat models, location tracking and first and third party collection by private parties, government threats to privacy, and privacy protective technologies. No programming background needed, but a willingness and interest to play with digital tools is required.

Please Note: These courses are cross listed in Computer Science, but their primary home is Fletcher. That means they will be taught on the Fletcher academic calendar. Both courses are limited enrollment (thirty students each), with half the enrollment from Fletcher and half from AS&E (students from AS&E admitted by permission of the instructor, with preference for students majoring in computer science and/or political science/IR).