Seeing like a network: Learning how to think about digital security
This interactive workshop covers what's known as "threat modeling" in the computer security world. The goal is to help participants understand how networks view them as users, how they can shape what a network sees and how to realistically defend themselves against common attacks. We'll cover some security tools and techniques, but the class is focused on understanding the networked environment well enough that attendees can tailor these to their particular situation. First, we'll look at the networks we use every day, how we relate to them and how they are used by others. Next, we'll go over some real-world attack examples that range from direct hacking, traffic analysis and implicit information to jurisdictional attacks, such as subpoenas. The last third of the workshop will be an open discussion where participants can talk about their specific needs and potential next steps.
Quinn Norton is a writer who likes to hang out in the dead end alleys and rough neighborhood of the Internet, where bad things can happen to defenseless little packets -- they are also the places new freedoms are born. She started studying hackers in 1995, after a wasted youth of Usenet and BBSing. She covers subjects from science & technology to law & medicine, but she always comes back to hackers.
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