President Barack Obama arrived at SFO on Thursday afternoon in advance of Friday’s cybersecurity summit at Stanford.
President Barack Obama will come to Stanford on Feb. 13 to address the White House Summit on Cyber Security and Consumer Protection, University spokeswoman Lisa Lapin told The Daily on Saturday.
Stanford students are some of the best computer scientists in the world, and their labor while enrolled is relatively cheap. If Stanford hired its own students to fix tech glitches, a positive synergy would ensue: the school could solve web problems cheaply, and students would have practical jobs on campus that make them more employable in the future.
If the latest hacks were truly North Korea’s work, the real change that “The Interview” shows is not North Korean attitudes but North Korean capabilities. While North Korea could not hurt many Americans in previous years – instability in the region was far more likely to impact South Korea and Japan than the United States – cyberwarfare allows nations to attack countries on the opposite end of the globe.
The Stanford Cyber Initiative was recently awarded $15 million from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to approach cyber issues through interdisciplinary examination. The sum is part of $65 million that the Hewlett Foundation’s Cyber Initiative will distribute over the next five years. MIT and UC-Berkeley are also recipients of the grant.
“Oh, thank God! It was about time.” I let loose a sigh of relief as I read Stanford’s July 25 announcement stating that there had been “an apparent breach of its technology infrastructure” – aka, “WE GOT HAXXED!”
The Stuxnet virus that successfully crippled Iran’s nuclear weapons program in June 2010 was a confirmation and demonstration of the increasing abilities and sophistication of cyberwarfare tactics, according to University sources familiar with the subject.