Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New England Security Day at Harvard University

Tomorrow, April 28, New England Security Day (NESD) Spring 2016  is taking place at Harvard University. There will be both paper presentations and posters and the program looks terrific. Many thanks to the organizers.

I enjoyed the first New England Security Day last Fall at UMass Amherst and was on the Organizing Committee. I blogged about this conference and posted photos. It's great to see this event becoming  a regular one since the topic of cybersecurity  is extremely timely and fascinating.

Tomorrow, one of my doctoral students, Shivani Shukla, will be presenting our most recent research on cybersecurity investments.
 The full presentation can be downloaded here.

According to the NESD website, there are only 12 slots for paper presentations, so this is quite the honor. Also, there will be an interesting format to promote discussion and further research: Each slot is 15 minutes long. However, we would like to use an unconventional slot structure. Each speaker will be given 8 minutes to present their material (strict). Then for 4 minutes, members of the audience will form groups of 3-5 people, discuss the talk, filter and form questions. The last 3 minutes of each slot will involve Q&A between the speaker and the audience. This structure encourages members of the audience to interact with each other and exchange opinions, and clarify their understanding of the talk. It is especially beneficial for students as it will allow them to interact with senior researchers. Moreover, the quality of questions filtered up to the speaker is improved.

Shivani has a lot of material to get across on our game theory cybersecurity investment framework including case studies in the retailer, financial services, and energy sectors.

There will be presenters from Yale University, Brown, MIT, Harvard, Northeastern University, Cornell University, the University of Connecticut, and our paper is one of two selected from UMass Amherst.

It is great to have representation from the Isenberg School of Management there.

I wish all the participants at NESD a very stimulating and rewarding conference.

And just this morning, I completed the galleys for our paper, A Supply Chain Network Game Theory Model of Cybersecurity Investments with Nonlinear Budget Constraints, Anna Nagurney, Patrizia Daniele, and Shivani Shukla, to appear in Annals of Operations Research, so it is very exciting to see research in game theory and cybersecurity flourishing.