UCSD Alumni Technical Talk at Facebook

UCSD Alumni Technical Talk and Reception

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
5:00pm - 7:30pm


Frieder Seible

Dean, UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

Stefan Savage

Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Buying Drugs for Science:

Understanding the Economics of Cybercrime

Computer security is a field that is fundamentally co-dependent — driven to respond by the actions of adversaries. This dance fuels both the research community and a multi-billion-dollar computer security industry. However, to date most efforts have focused on the technical components of this battle: identifying new vulnerabilities, exploits, and attacks, building and deploying new defenses, and so on. However, this focus on the "medium" of the conflict has not been matched by a similar effort to understand the underlying drivers, dependencies and motivations. In this talk, I will describe a complementary research agenda based on understanding the social and economic forces that drive today's Internet attacks, deconstructing the underlying value chain for attackers and ultimately using this information to better focus on security interventions. I will provide a rough sketch of the modern cyber-criminal ecosystem, describe its dependencies, and highlight some of the key open questions that motivate our focus. Using the sale of counterfeit goods as a case study, I'll show that the empirical analyses of these factors are both achievable and essential for security interventions to have meaningful impact.

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1601 Willlow Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Spouses/guests welcome

RSVP by August 9th »

Inquiries: Tatis Cervantes Aiken, ttcervantes@ucsd.edu, 858-822-6968

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