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Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research

Last modified: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Herbert Lin to address cyberattacks as U.S. policy

April 6, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Herbert Lin, chief scientist of the National Research Council's Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, will deliver a special presentation on Thursday (April 7) as part of the IU Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research Security Seminar Series.

His lecture is titled "Understanding Cyberattack as Instrument of U.S. Policy" and will take place at 5:30 p.m. in room 213 of the IU Maurer School of Law. The public is invited to attend.

Dr. Herbert Lin

Dr. Herbert Lin

Lin's talk will provide a framework for understanding the technical and legal issues surrounding a cyberattack as an instrument of U.S. policy. While much has been written about the possibility of terrorists or hostile nations conducting cyberattacks against critical sectors of the American economy, there has been little discussion about the possibility of the U.S. conducting its own cyberattacks, defensively or otherwise.

"Dr. Lin is a leader in national and international policy and legal issues surrounding cybersecurity and the use of weapons in cyberspace," said CACR Deputy Director Von Welch. "We're excited about hosting Dr. Lin and helping foster a discussion on these policy issues, which are becoming increasingly critical to our country."

Lin is chief scientist for the National Research Council of the National Academies' Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, where he directs major study projects at the intersection of public policy and information technology. He was study director of the 2009 Academy study "Technology, Policy, Law, and Ethics Regarding U.S. Acquisition and Use of U.S. Cyberattack Capabilities."

Lin previously served as staff scientist in defense policy and arms control for the House Armed Services Committee. Lin holds a doctorate in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.