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Lawfare: “New Cyber Initiatives from UC-Irvine’s new Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute”

The University of California, Irvine’s new Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute (CPRI), which opened last year under the directorship of Bryan Cunningham, launched several interesting new cybersecurity initiatives earlier this week, including a research project on cyberattack attribution and supply chain security; a law enforcement cyber training program; a cyber victims defense clinic, and a curriculum development effort for high school students.

Read the story at Lawfare.

ETHNews: “FDD and CPRI Research Blockchain For Supply Chain Protection”

Manufacturing supply chains will play a huge role in advancing globalization into the future. However, just as in any other industry, supply chain management has its faults. Hidden behind the guise of legitimate trade partners, rival states can endanger the national security of their contenders. This includes deploying large-scale, sophisticated, and malicious supply chain attacks that assist bad actors with economic espionage and can threaten the physical security of a nation in the long run.

Read the full story at ETHNews.

UCI Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute launches initiatives to combat cyber threats

New initiatives from the Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine will help combat one of our greatest security challenges: vulnerabilities and attacks in cyberspace.

These efforts include research on cyberattack attribution and supply chain security, the development of law enforcement training, the launch of a cyber victims defense clinic, and a curriculum development effort for high school students. They reflect CPRI’s critical mission to develop multidisciplinary solutions to cybersecurity challenges at the intersection of technology, law and policy.

“CPRI brings together the best and brightest cybersecurity experts from the private sector and UCI’s world-class faculty to find technological, legal and policy solutions to cyber threats, while protecting and enhancing individual privacy and civil liberties,” said Bryan Cunningham, CPRI’s founding executive director.
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Irvine, Newport Beach rated among top cybersecurity hubs in U.S.

Cybersecurity professionals looking at top destinations for work-life balance will want to consider Newport Beach and Irvine,according to a recent report by GoodCall LLC, which ranked the Orange Counties No. 4 and No. 26, respectively, out of 221 U.S. cities for available cybersecurity jobs and high salary potential, as well as affordable living and generous amenities. The two Southern California cities ranked high for offering continuous sunshine, coastal living and master-planned convenience to residents. In particular, Newport Beach scored high on salary and amenities potential for new and seasoned cybersecurity experts alike.

When it came to the number of jobs available in the cybersecurity sector, Irvine was ranked No. 34, coming out just above Newport Beach at No. 35.
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Bryan Cunningham on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer

bryancunningham-cnn-screen-shot-2016-12-01Topic: Growing Concern about Election Day Cyberattacks by Russia
Aired: Nov. 4, 2016
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“If you shut down or disable or undermine the communications that people are using to figure out where to vote and to actually deal with traffic and things like that, you could create massive delays and lines,” said Bryan Cunningham, UC Irvine Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute.

Waging war with no bombs or missiles

“Cyberspace is the Wild West. There is no consensus over how nations should behave in using cyber weapons,” said Bryan Cunningham, the former CIA officer who heads UC Irvine’s new Cybersecurity Policy and Research Institute.

“There’s no treaty that specifies what cyber activities rise to the level of armed aggression warranting a response. No one knows where the lines are, and that’s a dangerous situation. An adversary could miscalculate, taking an offensive cyber action thinking it’s below the threshold for response. But the victim nation sees it differently, triggering a much larger cyber or kinetic war than intended by the attacker.”

Read the full story at The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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