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The Institute for Security and Technology

As new technologies present humanity with unprecedented capabilities, they can also pose unimagined risks to global security. The Institute for Security and Technology’s (IST) mission is to bridge gaps between technology and policy leaders to help solve these emerging security problems together. 

Hack the Capitol 7.0

From May 29-31, IST is excited to support the 7th annual Hack the Capitol conference, featuring three days of hands-on, critical infrastructure security talks, demos, and learning opportunities. Hack the Capitol is presented by ICS Village, in partnership with IST, GMU’s National Security Institute, and Crowell LLP. 



The Inaugural Cyber Policy Awards

On April 24, 2024, the Cyber Policy Awards Organizing Committee hosted the Cyber Policy Awards, the first annual gathering of the U.S. cyber policy community to honor and celebrate those who drove significant progress in the preceding year, and to make resolutions for the new year.



Memo: Roadmap to Potential Prohibition of Ransomware Payments

As the debate on ransomware payment bans continues, the Ransomware Task Force co-chairs released their Roadmap to Potential Prohibition of Ransomware Payments—16 steps that could reduce the need for a ban or facilitate effective eventual imposition of a ban.



24 in ’24: Doubling Down on the Ransomware Task Force Recommendations

As of May 2023, 50% of the Ransomware Task Force’s original 48 recommendations have seen significant progress–but what about the other 24? On April 24, the Ransomware Task Force hosts an all-day event to zero in on those 24 and discuss how we might redouble our efforts.



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IST is Hiring!

IST is hiring an Associate (or Senior Associate) for Ecosystem Trust & Safety to help design and lead the organization’s Applied Trust & Safety Initiative.




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Applied Trust and Safety Initiative

IST Hosts Trust & Safety Roundtable at AI Expo

Experts from across the technology ecosystem weighed in on Trust & Safety (T&S) opportunities, risks, and mitigation strategies in AI-enabled consumer products and services.

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Future of Digital Security

IST Statement on President Biden’s National Security Memorandum on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

The Institute for Security and Technology (IST) commends the Biden-Harris Administration for this week releasing its National Security Memorandum (NSM) 22 on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience. IST offers the following observations and reflections on NSM-22.

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IST Submits Comments on the Bureau of Industry and Security’s Proposed Regulation Involving U.S. Infrastructure as a Service Products

The Institute for Security and Technology this week submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Taking Additional Steps To Address the National Emergency With Respect to Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities, which intends to deter foreign malicious cyber actors’ use of U.S. Infrastructure as a Service products. 

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Announcing Recipients of the Inaugural Cyber Policy Awards

Five recipients of Cyber Policy Award of Merit, featuring The Atlas figurine, were revealed and celebrated at yesterday’s inaugural awards event in Washington, DC before a full house of cybersecurity community leaders across the public sector, industry, and civil society.

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