More than 100 academics, researchers, corporate executives, reporters and cybercrime experts gathered for the 2008 Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS) at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business to discuss how to fight cybercrime and protect sensitive digital information.
This year’s international conference was hosted by Tuck’s Center for Digital Strategies and co-sponsored by Microsoft, the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P), and Dartmouth’s Institute for Security Technology Studies.
“The neat thing about WEIS is that we bring together a really great group of interdisciplinary people…folks from law, engineering, computer science, from the public sector and from the private sector, to discuss these really tough issues--identity theft, cybercrime, topics that face citizens, corporations and regulators alike,” said Prof. M. Eric Johnson, director of the Center for Digital Strategies.
Academics and researchers presented more than two dozen papers on a variety of topics, including the growing number of information security breaches being launched from China.
“It’s a really important issue because so much cybercrime is believed to originate in China,” said Johnson. “It’s a problem that both the U.S. government and China want to remedy.”
The global nature of the problem is apparent, based on the fact that participants traveled to Hanover, NH from Japan, China, Italy, Australia, the UK, Canada and Europe. Prior to being hosted by Tuck, WEIS convened at Harvard, Cambridge, and Carnegie-Mellon.
“WEIS has a proud tradition shared by a premiere set of schools to discuss these important issues,” said Johnson. ““We were really amazed at the attendance this year, this year’s WEIS is stronger than ever.”