Princeton University, New Jersey, United States
Susan Landau received her Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in 1976.
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, United States
Susan Landau received her Master of Science from Cornell University in 1979.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Susan Landau received her Doctor of Philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983.
(A penetrating and insightful study of privacy and securit...)
A penetrating and insightful study of privacy and security in telecommunications for a post-9/11, post-Patriot Act world. Telecommunication has never been perfectly secure. The Cold War culture of recording devices in telephone receivers and bugged embassy offices has been succeeded by a post-9/11 world of NSA wiretaps and demands for data retention. Although the 1990s battle for individual and commercial freedom to use cryptography was won, growth in the use of cryptography has been slow. Meanwhile, regulations requiring that the computer and communication industries build spying into their systems for government convenience have increased rapidly. The application of the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act has expanded beyond the intent of Congress to apply to voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and other modern data services; attempts are being made to require ISPs to retain their data for years in case the government wants it; and data mining techniques developed for commercial marketing applications are being applied to widespread surveillance of the population. In Privacy on the Line, Whitfield Diffie and Susan Landau strip away the hype surrounding the policy debate over privacy to examine the national security, law enforcement, commercial, and civil liberties issues. They discuss the social function of privacy, how it underlies a democratic society, and what happens when it is lost. This updated and expanded edition revises their original - and prescient - discussions of both policy and technology in light of recent controversies over NSA spying and other government threats to communications privacy.
(How, in the name of greater security, our current electro...)
How, in the name of greater security, our current electronic surveillance policies are creating major security risks. Digital communications are the lifeblood of modern society. We “meet up” online, tweet our reactions millions of times a day, connect through social networking rather than in person. Large portions of business and commerce have moved to the Web, and much of our critical infrastructure, including the electric power grid, is controlled online. This reliance on information systems leaves us highly exposed and vulnerable to a cyber attack. Despite this, U.S. law enforcement and national security policy remain firmly focused on wiretapping and surveillance. But, as cybersecurity expert Susan Landau argues in Surveillance or Security?, the old surveillance paradigms do not easily fit the new technologies. By embedding eavesdropping mechanisms into communication technology itself, we are building tools that could be turned against us and opting for short-term security and creating dangerous long-term risks. How can we get communications security right? Landau offers a set of principles to govern wiretapping policy that will allow us to protect our national security as well as our freedom.
(A cybersecurity expert and former Google privacy analyst’...)
A cybersecurity expert and former Google privacy analyst’s urgent call to protect devices and networks against malicious hackers and misinformed policymakers New technologies have provided both incredible convenience and new threats. The same kinds of digital networks that allow you to hail a ride using your smartphone let power grid operators control a country’s electricity - and these personal, corporate, and government systems are all vulnerable. In Ukraine, unknown hackers shut off electricity to nearly 230,000 people for six hours. North Korean hackers destroyed networks at Sony Pictures in retaliation for a film that mocked Kim Jong-un. And Russian cyberattackers leaked Democratic National Committee emails in an attempt to sway a U.S. presidential election. And yet despite such documented risks, government agencies, whose investigations and surveillance are stymied by encryption, push for a weakening of protections. In this accessible and riveting read, Susan Landau makes a compelling case for the need to secure our data, explaining how we must maintain cybersecurity in an insecure age.
Susan Landau received her Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in 1976, her Master of Science from Cornell University in 1979, and her Doctor of Philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983.
Susan Landau works at the intersection of cybersecurity, national security, law, and policy. She has written for the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, Science, and Scientific American, and has frequently appeared on NPR and BBC. In addition to her focus on security and privacy risks of communications surveillance, Landau has done research on attribution, identity, critical infrastructure protection, and digital rights management. Her earlier technical work in algebraic algorithms and symbolic computation, which brought various exponential-time problems into polynomial time, has had an impact on cryptography.
Landau is a Bridge Professor of Cyber Security and Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the School of Engineering, Department of Computer Science, Tufts University and Senior Fellow at the Fletcher School Center for International Law and Governance. Prior to returning to academia, Landau was a Senior Staff Privacy Analyst at Google and a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems. At Sun, Landau worked on digital rights management, privacy and security aspects of federated identity management, and cryptographic export control. Landau has been a faculty member in computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Wesleyan University and held visiting positions at Harvard, Yale, Cornell, and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley. She spent many wonderful summers teaching at Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics, a program for high-ability high school students.
Landau is a member of the Forum on Cyber Resilience, a National Academies roundtable, and recently served on a National Academies study on examining tradeoffs on the encryption debate. Landau is also a member of the Center for Democracy and Technology Advisory Council. She is area editor for political and policy perspectives for the Journal of Cybersecurity and contributing editor for Lawfare blog. She has served on the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the advisory committee for the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, and the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency. She was associate editor in chief and associate editor for IEEE Security and Privacy from 2013-2016 and 2005-2012 respectively, a section board member for the Communications of the ACM from 2008-2014 and associate editor of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society from 1994-2001.
(A cybersecurity expert and former Google privacy analyst’...)2017
(A penetrating and insightful study of privacy and securit...)1998
(How, in the name of greater security, our current electro...)2011
Landau is active in issues related to women in science. With Terry Benzel and Hilarie Orman, she has organized security research meetings for women and members of underrepresented groups. Landau started researcHers, a mailing list for women computer science researchers in academia, industry and government labs and with Elaine Weyuker, created the ACM-W Athena Lectureship, an award celebrating outstanding women researchers. In 2008 Landau co-chaired the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Celebration of Women in Math meeting. She has served on the executive committee of ACM-W and the Computing Research Association Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRAW).
Susan Landau is married to a computer scientist Neil Immerman.