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Georgia Tech Cyber Security Summit 2013

By Georgia Tech Information Security Center

When and where

Date and time

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 · 8:30am - 12:30pm EST


GTRI Conference Center 250 14th Street NW Atlanta, GA 30318

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Martin Hellman


Martin Hellmann, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

Historical Lessons for Improving Cyber Security

When Whit Diffie, Ralph Merkle and I first started working in cryptography, people thought we were crazy. The fact that our invention of public key cryptography now protects literally trillions of dollars in financial transactions every day indicates that we should pay more attention to seemingly foolish ideas. Along those lines, this talk suggests that repealing the Magnitsky Bill (which most Americans have never heard of) may be one of the best ways to improve cyber security. Another historical lesson involves the role of outsiders in making key advances in cryptography. Finally, lessons I learned from my efforts to reduce the risk of a disaster involving nuclear weapons will be applied to that same goal in cryptography.

Panel Discussion To Follow

Location and Parking

The 2013 Georgia Tech Cyber Security Summit will be held at the GTRI Conference Center; additional details are on listed on the "When & Where" panel to the right. Parking for the GTRI Conference Center is shared with the Georgia Public Broadcasting building. Please proceed to the deck and the gate will automatically open; parking is complimentary. Visitor parking is located on levels 4 and 5 of the parking deck.

About the organizer

Founded in April 1998 after the Sam Nunn Information Security Forum, the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) is a multi-unit, campus-wide organization at the Georgia Institute of Technology. At GTISC, dozens of associated faculty members from various colleges and schools across campus collaborate to pursue the center's mission of security research and education.