EMCS ’19 Returns to Brown amid Swirl of Breaking Digital Privacy News

The Brown Executive Master in Cybersecurity (EMCS) Class of 2019 returns to the Brown University campus today to resume studies amid a maelstrom of news regarding the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal and the upcoming D-Day for GDPR. These events capture the demand for cyber leadership that spans policy, IT, privacy and human factors – the type of leadership that EMCS 2019 is preparing to deliver.

Providing insights on the state of the cybersecurity industry as well as these breaking news stories, esteemed guest speakers from across the private sector, government and academia include:

  • Brown An Wang Professor of Computer Science John Grant who will speak on blockchains and the future of distributed computing
  • NIST Senior Computer Scientist Dr. Anoop Singhal
  • Florida Office of Financial Regulation Commissioner Drew Breakspear
  • Palantir Technologies Civil Liberties Engineer John Grant

This week marks a first for EMCS thanks to the work of EMCS 2019 Alicia Grasfeder who organized the inaugural Women’s Cybersecurity Gathering across EMCS cohorts. This gathering is part of a critical industry effort to achieve diverse cybersecurity teams to more powerfully problem-solve today’s complex, global cybersecurity challenges.

Students will tackle courses from the program’s interdisciplinary curriculum with industry and academic leaders:

  • Applied Cryptography and Data Security with Brown Computer Science Professor Anna Lysyanskaya a leading thinker in the area of encryption and anonymity.
  • Global Cyber Challenges: Law, Policy, and Governance with Brown Watson Institute Senior Fellow Tim Edgar who served as the first director of privacy, White House National Security Staff, under the Obama Administration.
  • Privacy and Personal Data Protection with Brown Adjunct Professor of Practice Deborah Hurley, and a fellow of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University
  • Introduction to Computer Security with Brown Computer Science Adjunct Associate Professor of the Practice Bernardo Palazzi, and director at National Institute for Statistics and Ministry of Economy and Finance in Italy

We look forward to spending this action-packed week with EMCS 2019, and toasting their ongoing progress.

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