MIT Sloan to host third annual “Cybersecurity Insight” event focused on critical infrastructure cybersecurity


Student seminar will run in collaboration with Kaspersky Lab from Jan. 22 – Jan. 25

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 17, 2019––The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in collaboration with Kaspersky Lab, will host its third annual “Cybersecurity Insight” seminar, offering participants an opportunity to learn about current cybersecurity technology, trends and management. The event, organized in part by Cybersecurity at MT Sloan Consortium (CAMS) and the Sloan School of Management, is open to select students during MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP) from January 22 – 25.

The first two days of the weeklong seminar are dedicated to presentations of research and case studies on the consequences of exploiting vulnerabilities in IoT devices and industrial control systems (ICS). In addition, a researcher from the Kaspersky Lab Global Research and Analysis Team will discuss the real-world application of security research in today’s threat landscape, focusing on Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) trends. The seminar will also include a Capture the Flag competition, where participants can gain new knowledge about digital forensics, reverse engineering, and cryptography.  

There will also be a presentation from Robyn Allen, MIT alum and Executive Director with Project Alloy, a non-profit organization aimed at building a more inclusive technical community. Allen will discuss inclusion best practices, from a management perspective, related to retention and promotion of underrepresented engineering talent.

“Every year, the IAP has been instrumental in allowing attendees to explore new areas of interest and partake in real-world learning experiences,” said Stuart Madnick, director of Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan and professor of information technology at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT School of Engineering. “The seminars that we do with Kaspersky Lab are always thought-provoking for students, so it’s an engaging way to capitalize on unparalleled learnings within the IAP program.”

The IAP program has offered the MIT community – including students, alumni, faculty and staff – a unique learning opportunity through a wide variety of activities and forums. It is a special four-week term in January that has been in existence for more than 40 years. The annual event allows the MIT community, including faculty, students, staff and alumni, to apply critical thinking and hands-on learning skills to real-world problems, furthering their technical skillset.

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Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan is a research consortium dedicated to solving the strategic, organizational, and managerial issues surrounding cybersecurity in organizations. For more information visit the Consortium website: