June 11-12, 2013
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Georgetown University
The Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS)
Information security continues to grow in importance, as threats proliferate, privacy erodes, and attackers evolve. Cybersecurity fears and privacy concerns dominate headlines. Yet the security of information systems depends on more than just technology. Good security requires an understanding of the incentives and tradeoffs inherent to the behavior of systems and organizations.
As society’s dependence on information technology has deepened, policy makers and business leaders have taken notice. Now more than ever, careful research is needed to accurately characterize threats and countermeasures, in both the public and private sectors.
The Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS) is the leading forum for interdisciplinary scholarship on information security, combining expertise from the fields of economics, social science, business, law, policy and computer science. Prior workshops have explored the role of incentives between attackers and defenders, identified market failures in Internet security, quantified risks of personal data disclosure, and assessed investments in cyber-defense. This workshop will build on past efforts using empirical and analytic tools to not only understand threats, but strengthen security and privacy through novel evaluations of available solutions.
For further information visit the conference website.
Read the full call for papers here.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Georgetown University
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
co-presented by the Center for Business and Public Policy and the Portable Computer and Communications Association
The mobile broadband industry is hugely dependent on spectrum for its services. The FCC chairman has described it as the oxygen that sustains our mobile devices. Operators are increasing network capacity by deploying spectrally more efficient technologies such as LTE, by deploying smaller cells, and by offloading. But these measures are not sufficient, and more spectrum is needed.
Unfortunately, given all the other demands for spectrum, including government applications, clearing more spectrum to support commercial broadband services is becoming ever more challenging. Consequently, industry and government are considering alternative approaches to clearing such as spectrum sharing and creating access to new bands of spectrum not previously explored. There are technical and operational complexities involved under all scenarios. Further, there are evolving questions with regard to the best balance of licensed and unlicensed allocations.
The purpose of this policy and technology workshop is to assess the multiple federal spectrum policy issues that can or will impact the evolution of wireless broadband technologies, including spectrum sharing and unlicensed architectures. Presenters will also explore the business case and market realities of building out next generation wireless broadband infrastructure, and how those realities help or impede the evolution of technology paths. Against this policy and market reality backdrop, workshop participants will discuss how network technologies and architectures can best use available and forthcoming spectrum under various operating scenarios.
Registration & more information available here.
The preliminary proposed agenda is as follows:
8:00 to 8:30 Registration. Continental breakfast available.
8:30 to 8:45 Peter Rysavy, Executive Director, PCCA. Introductions. PCCA workshop schedule and association update.
8:45 to 9:30 John Mayo, Executive Director, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. Dr Robert Shapiro, PhD, Senior Policy Scholar, Georgetown University. Host and Introductory Presentations.
9:30 to 10:15 Presentation. Obama administration perspective on spectrum objectives, strategy, and priorities.
10:15 to 10:30 Break
10:30 to 11: 15 Presentation. Al Jette, Head of North American Industry Environment, Nokia Siemens Networks. Standardization efforts (including 3GPP, ETSI, IEEE) to accommodate new spectrum policy approaches. Includes LTE spectrum coordination and white-space.
11: 15 to 12:00 Presentation. Dean Brenner, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Qualcomm. Opportunities and challenges of new bands, including the proposed 3.5 GHz small-cell band.
12:00 to 1:00 Lunch provided.
1:00 to 1:45 Presentation. Steve Wildman, Chief Economist, FCC (invited). FCC perspective on policies and proceedings impacting wireless technology evolution and innovation.
1:45 to 2:30 Presentation Jennifer Fritzsche, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Securities. Making the business case for continued investment in the mobile broadband sector: a Wall Street perspective.
2:30 to 2:45 Break
2:45 to 4:00 Panel Discussion. What methods and measures are available to ensure that spectrum is used most efficiently? (Panelists to be determined)
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