Tag Archives: policy

Halderman co-chairs new commission to protect Michigan votes

By | March 26, 2019

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson recently announced a new Election Security Commission to be co-chaired by U-M professor of computer science and engineering J. Alex Halderman. His work in voting security and in particular electronic voting machines has positioned him as a preeminent expert in the field. Halderman has made multiple contributions to election security advocacy at… Read More »

Learn about implementing new info security standards

How do the new information security standards and the revised Information Security (SPG 601.27) policy affect your work? Information Assurance (IA) is hosting working sessions for members of the U-M community interested in learning about implementing the policy and standards. Upcoming sessions: Thursday, April 4 (1:30-3:30 p.m.). This session will cover Security Log Collection, Analysis, and Retention (DS-19)… Read More »

U-M part of network to build public interest technology field

By | March 12, 2019

The University of Michigan has joined the Public Interest Technology University Network, a new partnership of 21 colleges and universities dedicated to building the nascent field of public interest technology and growing a new generation of civic-minded technologists. Started by the Ford Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and New America, the network represents a powerful alignment across sectors as part… Read More »

Does social media really make a difference in vaccination rates?

By | March 8, 2019

Social media companies face increasing scrutiny for amplifying fringe anti-vaccine sentiment amid measles outbreaks in several states like Washington. In response, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest recently made headlines by announcing initiatives to reduce vaccine misinformation on their platforms. Brendan Nyhan, a professor of public policy at the Ford School, recently wrote in “The New York Times” that while… Read More »

U-M Information Security policy: Revised and approved

The revised University of Michigan Information Security policy (SPG 601.27) recently was approved, along with a number of new information technology standards. The policy and accompanying standards represent the most comprehensive revision of the institution’s information security program since its inception over a decade ago. SPG 601.27 and the standards are based on a cybersecurity risk management framework that… Read More »

Report finds sexual harassment policies in academia lacking

Lilia M. Cortina, Timothy R.B. Johnson, and Anna Kirkland are U-M professors who participated on a 21-person committee to change the culture around sexual harassment policies in academia. The report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine finds that academic institutions can do more to prevent sexual harassment, especially in historically male-dominated STEM fields. According to… Read More »

What happened when the dean’s office stopped sending emails after hours

By | April 17, 2018

When LSA English professor Anne Curzan became associate dean for humanities several years ago, she—like many professors who take on administrative roles—was overwhelmed by the uptick in email traffic she faced. It also became clear that the majority of people in the dean’s office were swimming in email as well, spending hours every evening dealing with messages that had… Read More »

‘Dissonance’ speakers discuss conflict & cyberspace

By | April 26, 2017

On April 13, a panel of experts discussed the development of international cyberspace norms. The event was part of the Dissonance, an ongoing speaker series that explores timely topics at the confluence of technology, law, privacy, and security. Watch the recording Event highlights Discussion points included what constitutes responsible state behavior in cyberspace, the differences between physical attacks and cyberattacks,… Read More »

Review new sensitive data classifications

By | March 29, 2017

To support the proposed revision of the IT Security Policy, Information Assurance has published revised U-M Data Classification Levels on Safe Computing. The revised policy will be supported and supplemented by specific operational, procedural, and technical standards, many of which specify actions to take based on the classification level of the data involved. The new data classification levels… Read More »

Cyberwar strategy and game theory

By | March 24, 2017

Whether a nation should retaliate against a cyber attack is a complicated decision, and a new framework guided by game theory could help policymakers determine the best strategy. The “Blame Game” was developed in part by Robert Axelrod, a professor at the Ford School of Public Policy who is well known for solving a version of the classic… Read More »

Securing the IoT

By | December 15, 2016

After recent attacks threw the rampant insecurities of internet-connected cameras, video recorders, and other gadgets into sharp relief, Washington lawmakers and officials are urging tech firms to do more to secure the Internet of Things. At a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing last month, lawmakers said the attacks raised national security concerns and questions about the need… Read More »