PANEL 2 – Understanding Technical Capabilities & Vulnerabilities in Cyberspace

Computer networks and infrastructure are vulnerable to attacks and intrusions by people and organizations across entirely different jurisdictions. Some claim that attributing these cyber attacks are difficult due to the technical nature of cyberspace, others argue that a lack of political will is the true obstacle. The military and intelligence communities are constantly concerned that adversaries can penetrate nuclear command, control, and communication systems, and policy-makers worry that hackers can shut down entire city grids. Many argue that cyber offense dominates cyber defense due to the numerous vulnerabilities in computer networks and critical infrastructure. This panel will attempt to address these technical complexities and seek to find ways in which computer networks and infrastructure can be more resilient to attacks and intrusions.


  • Masashi Crete-Nishihata (Citizen Lab)


  • Courtney Gibson (UofT – Electrical & Comp ENG)
  • Nart Villeneuve¬†(FireEye)
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Masashi Crete-Nishihata (Moderator)

Masashi Crete-Nishihata is research manager at the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. He has a background in political science and human computer interaction. His current research focuses on information controls and their impact on human rights. Recent publications include work on multidisciplinary approaches to studying Internet censorship, information security challenges for civil society groups, and keyword filtering and surveillance in chat apps popular in Asia.