Protecting High Risk Users

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 2:00pm2:30pm

Eva Galperin, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Morgan Marquis-Boire, Citizen Lab, University of Toronto

Abstract: 

Protecting high-risk individuals has always been a problem for the security industry. While many enterprises focus on mitigating scenarios that will affect the greatest number of their users, harm from attacks is not distributed proportionally. Cyber-attacks on high-risk individuals in dangerous situations can lead to torture, kidnapping, and worse. But dealing with targeted attacks is time-consuming and resource intensive. This problem is exacerbated when the target is an individual or small NGO rather than a large enterprise. This talk will discuss the challenges of protecting high-risk, targeted users using the experience of the speakers in assisting targeted NGOs and individuals.

Eva Galperin, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Eva Galperin is a Global Policy Analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Her work is primarily focused on privacy and security for vulnerable populations around the world. To that end, she has applied the combination of her political science and technical background to everything from organizing EFF's Tor Relay Challenge to writing privacy and security training materials to publishing research on malware in Syria and Vietnam.

Morgan Marquis-Boire, Citizen Lab, University of Toronto

Morgan Marquis-Boire is a Senior Researcher at the Citizen Lab, University of Toronto. He is the Director of Security for First Look Media and a contributing writer for The Intercept. Prior to this, he worked on the security team at Google. He is a Special Advisor to the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco and an Advisor to the United Nations Inter-regional Crime and Justice Research Institute. In addition to this, he serves as a member of the Freedom of the Press Foundation advisory board and as an advisor to Amnesty International.

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BibTeX
@conference {206266,
author = {Eva Galperin and Morgan Marquis-Boire},
title = {Protecting High Risk Users},
year = {2016},
address = {San Francisco, CA},
publisher = {{USENIX} Association},
month = jan,
}

Presentation Video