The Strauss Center is proud to announce the launch of a dynamic new program at UT: Integrated Cybersecurity Studies. Follow the program events and research at #UTCyber.

There are two, mutually-reinforcing tracks under ICS. The first concerns the Strauss Center’s educational mission. Specifically, we are pioneering a uniquely-interdisciplinary approach to the study of cybersecurity issues at the undergraduate and graduate levels, featuring the customized integration of sophisticated perspectives not only from computer science and engineering but also from law, public policy, business administration, and other non-STEM fields. 

The second track concerns the Center’s public-policy mission. Under this heading, ICS will spur original research and convene events designed to impact those aspects of cybersecurity policy that have broad national and international significance, with an emphasis on (but not limited to) the issues at the intersection of national security, individual rights, and economic growth.



  • Cybersecurity, Law, and Business (Andrew Woods, Spring 2017)
  • Privacy and Cyber Security in the Information Age (Bart Huffman, Spring 2016)
  • National Security Law (Bobby Chesney, Spring 2016)


  • Spring 2017: From March 16-18, 2017, the Robert Strauss Center is proud to sponsor four students from the University of Texas at Austin who will be participating in this year's "Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge," organized by the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C. The Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge is an annual cyber policy competition for students across the globe to compete in developing national security policy recommendations tackling a fictional cyber catastrophe.
  • Spring 2017: On February 7, 2017, the Texas Law Review hosted the Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations Symposium, co-sponsored by the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Lieber Institute for Law & Land Warfare at the United States Military Academy. This day-long event featured panels addressing sovereignty in cyberspace, jurisdiction over cyber activities, international human rights law in cyberspace, among other timely topics.
  • Spring 2016:  On February 4th through 6th, 2016, we hosted Frontiers of Cybersecurity Law and Policy a major conference encompassing a wide array of pressing issues ranging from the “going dark” encryption debate to botnet takedowns. We are proud to have partnered with Christian Science Monitor's Passcode as our media partner for this event, with the American Journal of Criminal Law for our February 5th sessions, and with the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security as our partner for the teacher-training component on February 6th. Please see the full agenda below. Video and audio from the sessions are posted here
  • Fall 2015: Integrated Cybersecurity Studies took an initial step when it partnered with the Federal Trade Commission to host Start with Security: Best Practices for Developers, Start-ups, and Innovators, a conference designed to bring entrepreneurs and investors into the cybersecurity conversation.

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Frontiers of Cybersecurity Law and Policy



6:30pm - 9:30pm         Cocktail reception and Keynote dinner featuring a dialogue among Greg Nojeim (Center for Democracy and Technology), Jen Daskal (American University), and Andrew Woods (University of Kentucky) concerning reform of the MLAT process with respect to data held abroad. (Event not open to the public)


These sessions are co-sponsored by the American Journal of Criminal Law.

Location: Sheffield-Massey Room (Townes Hall 2.111), UT School of Law

8:00am - 8:30am         Welcome and breakfast

8:30am - 9:45am         SESSION 1: The "Going Dark" Encryption Debate

Richard Downing (Department of Justice)
Benjamin Wittes (Brookings)
Riana Pfefferkorn (Stanford)
Christopher Soghoian (ACLU)
Moderator: James Baker (ABA SCOLANS)

10:00am - 11:15am     SESSION 2: Regulating Security Research: Wassenaar, DMCA, and More

Jennifer Granick (Stanford)
Elaine Korzak (Stanford)
Katie Moussouris (HackerOne)
Allan Friedman (National Telecommunications & Information Admin.)
HD Moore (Rapid7)
Moderator: Andrew Tannenbaum (IBM)

Location: KUT Studio 1A, UT School of Communications

11:30am - 1:30pm        SPECIAL SESSION:

"Big Data, Privacy, and Security: Comparing US and German Perspectives

Recording of transatlantic dialogue with counterparts in Berlin for an episode of the America Abroad Media radio documentary series.

Location: Sheffield-Massey Room (Townes Hall 2.111), UT School of Law

1:30pm - 2:15pm        LUNCH

2:15pm - 3:30pm        SESSION 3: Hacking Back and Other Active Defense Measures: Technical, Legal, and Policy Issues

Richard Downing (Department of Justice)
Christian Beckner (George Washington)
Andrew Woods (Kentucky)
Paul Ohm (Georgetown)
Moderator: Eric Greenwald (Strauss Center)

3:45pm - 5:00pm        SESSION 4: Botnet Takedowns: The Technical, Legal, and Policy Issues

Sean Farrell (FBI)
Kristen Eichensehr (UCLA)
Richard Boscovich (Microsoft)
Greg Nojeim (CDT)
Moderator: Robert Chesney (Strauss Center)

6:30pm - 9:30pm       Cocktail reception and Keynote dinner featuring Kevin Bankston (Director, New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute) (Event not open to the public)


The teacher-training workshop is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security.

Location: Sheffield-Massey Room (Townes Hall 2.111), UT School of Law

9:00am - 9:30am         Welcome and breakfast: Introduction by Judge James Baker

9:30am - 11:30am       SESSIONS 1 AND 2: Cyber, Surveillance Law and Criminal Law

Bill Banks (Syracuse)
Jen Daskal (American)
Paul Ohm (Georgetown)
Richard Downing (Justice Department)
Sean Farrell (FBI)
Moderator: Bobby Chesney (Strauss Center)


11:45am - 12:45pm    SESSION 3: Cyber in the Business and Regulatory Contexts

Matt Perault (Facebook)
Andrew Woods (Kentucky)
Kristen Eichensehr (UCLA)
Moderator: Harvey Rishikof (ABA)

12:45pm - 1:45pm      KEYNOTE LUNCHEON featuring Daniel Placek, co-founder of Darkode and Dina Temple-Raston (NPR)

2:00pm - 4:00pm        SESSIONS 4 AND 5: Cyber, International Law, and the Law of War

Eric Jensen (BYU)
Derek Jinks (Texas)
Sean Watts (Creighton)
Elaine Korzak (Stanford)
Dakota Rudesill (Ohio)