Cybersecurity Roundtable

Ronald L. Rivest, MIT, J. Alex Halderman, University of Michigan, and Martin Giles, MIT Technology Review

MIT Technology Review's Martin Giles hosts a roundtable discussion with Ronald L. Rivest and J. Alex Halderman on rising cybersecurity threats to election integrity.

Ronald L. Rivest, Institute Professor, MIT

Professor Rivest is an Institute Professor at MIT, which he joined in 1974 as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a member of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), a member of the lab’s Theory of Computation Group, and a founder of its Cryptography and Information Security Group. He is a coauthor (with Cormen, Leiserson, and Stein) of the text Introduction to Algorithms. He is also a founder of RSA Data Security, now named RSA Security (the security division of EMC), Verisign, and Peppercoin. Professor Rivest has research interests in cryptography, computer and network security, electronic voting, and algorithms.

J. Alex Halderman, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan

J. Alex Halderman is a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan and director of Michigan’s Center for Computer Security and Society. His research spans security and privacy, applied cryptography, internet measurement, censorship resistance, and electronic voting, as well as the interaction of technology with politics and international affairs. Professor Halderman is widely known for his work on election cybersecurity, which includes numerous evaluations of real-world voting systems. After the 2016 election, he advised recount initiatives in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania in an effort to detect and deter cyberattacks. In 2017, he testified to the US Senate Intelligence Committee about threats to election infrastructure. Beyond voting, he cofounded Let’s Encrypt, a nonprofit that helps secure over 50 million websites, and Censys, a platform for monitoring and analyzing the internet’s attack surface. Popular Science named him one of the “brightest young minds reshaping science, engineering, and the world.”

Martin Giles, San Francisco Bureau Chief, MIT Technology Review

Martin Giles is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of MIT Technology Review. Before assuming his current role, he was a partner at Wing Venture Capital, a Silicon Valley firm that invests in early stage business technology startups. Prior to Wing, Martin was The Economist Newspaper’s Silicon Valley Correspondent. Among his previous editorial roles at The Economist, he was the paper’s Banking Correspondent and Finance Editor. Martin is a Senior Industry Fellow at the University of California, Irvine’s Center For Digital Transformation and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council On The Future Of Electronics. He is a graduate of Oxford University and holds an executive MBA from The University of Chicago’s Booth Graduate School of Business.

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