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Strauss Cyber Fellow Check In: Gabriel Cajiga

03 Jan 2022

The Strauss Center’s Cyber Fellows program provides mentorship and research support to UT Austin graduate students interested in delving into the world of cybersecurity (see more here if you’re interested in applying). We like to check in with our former Cyber Fellows to share their experiences post-program, and today we have an update from 2020-2021 Fellow, Gabriel…

Strauss Center Director Chesney Appointed to Inaugural CISA Advisory Committee

23 Dec 2021

Professor Robert M. Chesney was recently appointed to the inaugural Cybersecurity Advisory Committee of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA). Professor Chesney is the Director of the Strauss Center, and holds the James Baker Chair and serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law. In his role…

Strauss Cyber Fellow Check In: Brenda Kodawa

06 Dec 2021

The Strauss Center’s Cyber Fellows program provides mentorship and research support to UT Austin graduate students interested in delving into the world of cybersecurity (see more here if you’re interested in applying). We like to check in with our former Cyber Fellows to share their experiences post-program, and today we have an update from Brenda…

Strauss Senior Cyber Fellow Nather Discusses 2021 Information Security Issues

15 Nov 2021

On November 4, Strauss senior cybersecurity fellow Wendy Nather delivered the keynote address at the SecTor security education conference. In her remarks, Nather outlined the various concerns that IT security professionals face now and likely for years to come. She noted that zero trust efforts were accelerated during the pandemic when employees predominantly worked remotely from home….

Strauss Center Hosts Austin Regional for the Atlantic Council’s Cybersecurity Policy Competition (Jan. 22-23) – Registration Open

01 Nov 2021

We are excited to announce that the Strauss Center at The University of Texas at Austin is partnering with the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative to host a regional round of the Atlantic Council’s renowned cybersecurity policy competition. This stand-alone event will take place at the University of Texas School of Law on January 22nd and 23rd,…

Avramov Discusses the Weaponization of Ransomware Attacks

05 Oct 2021

In a recent op-ed published in The Hill, Kiril Avramov discusses the role of ransomware attacks in political warfare. Dr. Avramov is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at UT Austin, a Fellow to the Intelligence Studies Project (ISP), and a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar. Noting the increase in ransomware attacks in recent…

Chesney Releases an Updated eCasebook and a Case Study on the SolarWinds Hack

09 Sep 2021

Professor Robert Chesney recently published an updated version of his eCasebook—“Cybersecurity Law, Policy, and Institutions”—with a special case study on the Russian cyber-espionage campaign against SolarWinds. Professor Chesney is the Director of the Strauss Center and holds the James Baker Chair and serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas…

Schmitt Assesses the Role of the “Plea of Necessity” in Cyber Strategy

07 Sep 2021

Professor Michael Schmitt recently co-authored an article titled “The Plea of Necessity: An Oft Overlooked Response Option to Hostile Cyber Operations” in the U.S. Naval War College’s journal, International Law Studies. Professor Schmitt is a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, Professor of Public International Law at Reading Law School (UK), the Francis Lieber Distinguished Scholar at the Lieber Institute of…

Schmitt Discusses the Tallinn Manual’s Update in WaPo

09 Jul 2021

A recent Washington Post article highlighted Professor Schmitt’s work in updating the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations. Michael Schmitt is a Professor of Public International Law at Reading Law School (UK), the Francis Lieber Distinguished Scholar at the Lieber Institute of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Visiting Professor at the University of Texas Law…

Wendy Nather Joins the Strauss Center as Senior Cybersecurity Fellow

25 Jun 2021

The Strauss Center is very happy to announce that Wendy Nather, head of the Advisory CISO team at Cisco, is joining our growing roster of talented cybersecurity experts as a Senior Cybersecurity Fellow. In her role as Senior Cybersecurity Fellow, Wendy will curate a speaker-and-events series designed to bring a diverse and compelling array of…

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