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
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!
I just put the PHP_Tabletop application on Cloud9. Took 20 minutes. Works great! I would definitely recommend checking out Cloud9 and their in-browser IDEs for quick and easy development in the cloud. Several templated environments are available (e.g., LAMP, Django, etc.)
Today Harvard’s Extension School published an article, based on an interview of Scott and I, to start advertising the Cybersecurity certificate – see it here.
After many sessions in the recording studio this spring and summer, the fall installment of CSCI e45 is now all online. We are venturing off in the brave new world of online teaching. I can tell already that we will be missing our in person interactions with the local students. But, as expected, the online format offers the possibility to do a number of exciting new things that will hopefully help students learn and retain knowledge better.
As some people may have seen in the media Harvard was hit with a larger than usual cyber intrusion (see http://security.harvard.edu/cyber-alert ). I am not going to go into non-public details of the incident, but I will mention a few things that may be of use to some folks out there. I have studied, and taught on the topic of information security for a while now, yet this was the first large scale intrusion I had been involved in navigating.
My weekly “icing on the cake” this Spring has been to T.A. Scott‘s course on Security, Privacy and Usability. Educating younger generations on the beautiful and scary realities of the cyber world is an immensely rewarding activity. The course is an interesting mix of technology, security, law, observations of key actors (government, private sector, etc.) and their actions in cyberspace, etc. I would describe E170 using Jonathan Zittrain‘s words to describe iLaw: “it’s like a very rich piece of chocolate cake”.