Sackler Forum: Cybersecurity Dilemmas

09 October 2015

Since 2008, the Raymond and Beverly Sackler USA-UK scientific forums have sparked new excitement and enthusiasm for the exchange of ideas among thought leaders from the United States and United Kingdom on topics of worldwide scientific concern. 

This forum, which was entitled Cybersecurity Dilemmas: Technology, Policy and Incentives, took place at on 8-9 December 2014 at the National Academy of Science in Washington, DC.

The forum was organised by a committee of distinguished researchers:

  • Andy Hopper (University of Cambridge) co-chair
  • William Press (University of Texas at Austin) co-chair
  • Ross Anderson (University of Cambridge)
  • Eric Grosse (Google, Inc.)
  • Butler Lampson (Microsoft Corporation)
  • Susan Landau (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
  • John McCanny (Queen’s University Belfast)
  • Angela Sasse (University College London)
  • Fred Schneider (Cornell University)

The forum, brought together approximately 60 participants from academia, government, industry, philanthropy, and non-governmental organizations. The two-day meeting included presentations and discussions on such topics as cybersecurity and international relations, privacy, rational cybersecurity, and accelerating progress in cybersecurity. 

The summary of the forum is drawn from the comments made by participants at the meeting, but does not reflect a consensus of those present. However, the observations and proposed actions in this report provide an overview of key issues in cybersecurity from a group of people working at the forefront of the field.