Congressional Panel Discussion - May 4, 2009

Cyber Security and Human Behavior: How to Protect Yourself and Your Computer

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Shari Lawrence Pfleeger (Moderator), RAND Corporation
Sean Smith, Dartmouth College; Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P)
Mary Theofanos, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Deanna Caputo, MITRE


Monday, May 4, 2009


2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


1539 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

About the Program

As digital technology becomes increasingly pervasive in our everyday lives, people are expressing common, essential concerns:

  • Should I worry about Conficker worm?
  • Is my system threatened by Twitter, tweets and blogs?
  • Are Myspace and Facebook security risks?
  • Is my cell phone safer than my laptop?
  • Are cyber crimes a new form of terrorism?
  • How reliable are steps we take to mitigate cyber attacks?

The RAND Corporation invites you to join a distinguished panel of experts to discuss how our understanding of everyday human behavior can inform (a) the best practices we adopt to protect business and personal information and hardware and software from malicious or inadvertent revelation or compromise and (b) strategies to most effectively communicate preventive measures to concerned constituents.

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