Cybersecurity and Government Minitrack

This mintrack explores the pressing issues surrounding the intersection of cybersecurity and government spheres of influence. Whether technical or policy, from information sharing to new analytical methods of detection of threats, this minitrack casts a wide net to cross disciplinary thinking to problems with far-reaching implications. The cybersecurity aspects of critical infrastructure systems has become a hot topic for countries all across the globe. Information Technology has become pervasive in all aspects of our lives and this includes elements referred to as critical infrastructures.

This minitrack examines aspects associated with the security of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) used by governments and critical infrastructures and explores ways that IT can enhance the ability of governments to ensure the safety and security of its citizens. Governments have embraced IT to interface with citizens in a more efficient manner. Security issues have risen to the forefront as a result of data disclosures and identity theft incidents discussed in mainstream media. Other critical issues include intellectual property theft and criminal acts involving computers. Many foreign governments have more control over their infrastructure, but in the end, security is still an important topic that needs to be addressed. Information security is an area where policy has not kept up with technology, placing nations and their relations over this topic into uncharted territories.

This is a wide focus minitrack, if your research involves security associated with IT or OT, and has a government component, then this is its home. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Systems for governments to respond to security events
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)
  • Cyber physical systems security
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and control systems
  • Information assurance and trusted Computing
  • Information sharing
  • Information security economics
  • Information warfare
  • Incident response
  • New threats, including insider and nation states
  • Digital forensics
  • Privacy and freedom of information
  • Security management
  • Laws and regulation of IT security
  • Security concerns of new technologies, e.g. social media, mobile computing
  • Government disaster recovery and business continuity
  • Case reports related to security experiences within government

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Greg White (Primary Contact)
The University of Texas at San Antonio

Wm. Arthur Conklin
University of Houston

Keith B. Harrison
The University of Texas at San Antonio

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