2017 HKS Exec Ed program “Cybersecurity: at the intersection of technology and policy”


Another successful run of the fantastic program.  Great group of attendees as usual, with representation from all corners of the U.S. Federal government, as well as other countries, and some private sector representatives.  Mind-blowing topics and lectures every day.  And of course, the always fun cyberwarfare exercise on Friday.  See here for more information.  And here, here, here, and here for some feedback on the program



New semester, and over 200 students!


Here we go, another semester starts for CSCI e45a, with the “all online” format that we started last year.  Very exciting and a little scary to have 226 students enrolled. I hope this is an indication that the content of the course is becoming more important and relevant to folks out there!


Another successful run of the Cyber warfare exercise


US CYBERCOMMANDAs part of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education program on Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology, we ran the cybersecurity warfare scenario that we have used for many years now.  As usual it seemed to be a blast for both participants and organizers.  The original gang was back with professor Jim Waldo leading the charge.  I also had a couple of folks from the Harvard Info Sec team join the fun.

Incidentally, I today I received a patch for the U.S Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) with an MD5 hash on it: 9ec4c12949a4f31474f299058ce2b22a

It is the hash for the mission statement of USCYBERCOM:

USCYBERCOM plans, coordinates, integrates, synchronizes and conducts activities to: direct the operations and defense of specified Department of Defense information networks and; prepare to, and when directed, conduct full spectrum military cyberspace operations in order to enable actions in all domains, ensure US/Allied freedom of action in cyberspace and deny the same to our adversaries.

A Herman Hollerith early IBM tabulating machine


Today at the MIT Swapfest, I found and bought a punch card making machine/device.  It is from The Tabulating Machine Company.  The Tabulating Machine Company was founded by Herman Hollerith – initially in 1896 as Tabulating Machine Company, and again in 1905 as The Tabulating Machine Company – to commercialize his tabulating machine which he invented and revolutionized the US Census tabulation process in in the late 1800’s.  In 1911, The Tabulating Machine Company and three other companies came together as the Computing Tabulating Recording (CTR) company, which a few years later in 1924 became International Business Machines corporation (IBM).  But the individual companies in the CTR holding company continued to use their original name until 1933, so this device could have been made anytime between 1905 and 1933.

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