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Is Cyber Resilience Possible?

Time: 4:30 PM to 6:00 P.M.
Location: 909 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02115
Sponsored By: Presented by Northeastern University’s Center for International Affairs and World Cultures, the Northeastern Humanities Center, & the Department of Political Science
Contact: internationalcenter@northeastern.edu
More Information: https://www.ccis.northeastern.edu/people/john-l-manferdelli/


“Contemporary Issues in Security and Resilience Studies” Speaker Series Event

Globalization, misaligned incentives, distorted influence by major providers, legacy infrastructure designed and implemented before the cyber threat was well understood and the vast complexity of hardware, targeted attacks by powerful adversaries as well as a cadre of less powerful but numerous actors and software components at the heart of our production, entertainment and information may lead people to wonder about the feasibility of protecting, deterring, or remediating potentially existential cyber threats.  This may be an avoidable but debilitating and ultimately catastrophic outlook.  I’ll discuss technology solutions (related to resilient design and operation), problems arising in hardware and software development and operations, and critical policy barriers.  I want to offer some hope for realistic change without sacrificing the enormous capabilities delivered by “smart devices” and out digital infrastructure.



John Manferdelli is Professor of the Practice and Executive Director of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute at Northeastern University.  Immediately prior to that he was Engineering Director for Production Security Development at Google.

Prior to Google, John was a Senior Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation and co-PI (with David Wagner) for the Intel Science and Technology Center for Secure Computing at the University of California at Berkeley.  He was also a member of the Information Science and Technology advisory group at DARPA and is a member of the Defense Science Board.

Prior to Intel, John Manferdelli was a distinguished engineer at Microsoft and was an affiliate faculty member in computer science at the University of Washington. He was responsible for computer security, cryptography and systems research, as well as research in quantum computing. At Microsoft, John also worked as a senior researcher, software architect, product unit manager, general manager at Microsoft and was responsible the development of the next-generation secure computing base technologies and the rights management capabilities currently integrated into Windows, for which he was the original architect. He joined Microsoft in February 1995 when it acquired his company, Natural Language Inc., based in Berkeley, California.

At Natural Language, Manferdelli was the founder and, at various times, vice president of research and development and CEO. Other positions he has held include staff engineer at TRW Inc., computer scientist and mathematician at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and principal investigator at Bell Labs. He was also an adjunct associate professor at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Manferdelli’s professional interests include cryptography and cryptographic mathematics, combinatorial mathematics, operating systems, and computer security.  He is author of many papers of computer security, high performance computing, cryptography, has given invited talks on high performance computing quantum computing and computer security and signal processing and has been awarded many patents.  He is also a licensed Radio Amateur (AI6IT).

Manferdelli has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and a PhD in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley.

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