New tactics for improving critical infrastructure cybersecurity pushed by MIT consortium

June 29, 2015

Mary K. Pratt

Stuart Madnick wants to look beyond firewalls, encryption and the other usual technologies deployed by organizations in search of computer security. Instead, the director of the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity wants to understand how factors such as organizational structure and employees impact data protection.

The MIT Sloan School of Management launched (IC)3, as the consortium is known, in March to help improve critical infrastructure cybersecurity by using interdisciplinary research to delve deeper into these non-traditional factors.

"Others are focused on technical aspects, which is great. We're focused on complementary issues: the organization, managerial and strategic areas," Madnick said.

This is just the latest MIT contribution to cybersecurity strategy. The school's work in computer technology is certainly significant and well-known, and its cybersecurity work goes back decades.

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