Cybersecurity in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute Sept. 18


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

Cybersecurity in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute Sept. 18

HOUSTON – (Sept. 11, 2012) – A range of international cybersecurity experts from business, government and academia will gather at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Sept. 18 to share the latest information on how to detect, defend against and respond to emerging cyberthreats. The conference comes against the backdrop of the U.S. Congress’ failure this summer to pass significant cybersecurity legislation on the protection of both commercial and government information technology infrastructure.

Who:               Scholars, practitioners and political and business leaders involved with cybersecurity issues.

What:              “Emerging Cybersecurity Threats: Public Policy and Technology Response.”

When:             Tuesday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where:           Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

Topics of discussion are “Securing the Grid,” “The Oil and Gas Industry’s Cyber Infrastructure” and “Cybertheft and Enterprise IP.” Ronald Deibert, director of the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs’ Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the school’s Citizen Lab, will give the keynote address, “Big Data Meets Big Brother,” at 9:10 a.m.

The Baker Institute’s Information Technology Policy Program and Energy Forum, Rice’s Computer Security Lab and Deloitte are jointly hosting the event, which is free and open to the public.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775. To view the complete conference agenda and speaker information, visit


Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute sponsors more than 20 programs that conduct research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog,

About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.