Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan

Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, (IC)3


Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan (CAMS) fills a critical need for leaders and managers of cybersecurity. Our activities are highlighted in our research, in the news, in our newsletters, and at our events.

"We found new ways to solve challenging problems;

Timely and advanced research from (IC)3 has given us critical insights into issues that are existential threats to our industry” − Andrew Stanley, CAMS member and CISO of Mars, Incorporated

Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan's Executive Education Program

We are delighted to share with you that Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan’s acclaimed Executive Education programs are available for you and your colleagues! A three-day live online program will teach non-cybersecurity executives the basics they need to know to help your organization be more cyber-resiliant. And the 6-week virtual program is perfect for non-cybersecurity leaders who want to understand basic concepts of cybersecurity leadership from their own desk. For more information, please visit MIT’s executive education website or sign up today.

4 Areas of Cyber Risk That Boards Need to Address

  • Align cyber risk management with business needs
  • Continuously monitor the cyber risk capability performance
  • Proactively anticipate the changing threat landscape
  • Position security as a strategic business enabler

HBR: 7 Pressing Cybersecurity Questions Boards Need to Ask

Dr. Keri Pearlson was published in the Harvard Business Review for her paper on boards and their unique role in helping their organizations manage cybersecurity threats. The paper outlines seven questions that boards need to hear, including:

  • What are our most important assets and how are we protecting them?
  • How do we know if we’ve been breached & how do we detect a breach?
  • What are our response plans in the event of an incident?

Asking smart questions at your next board meeting might just prevent a breach from becoming a total disaster.


What We Learned from Analyzing the Capital One Breach

CAMS Director Stuart Madnick presented research on the Capital One Breach. The 2019 Capital One breach was the result of a pervasive lack of controls from establishing an effective risk assessment to the design and implementation of their cloud migration initiative. Over 106 million people were impacted, resulting in a hefty civil penalty suit. What happened was clear, but why it happened was not. Prof. Madnick discussed how proven methodologies can help mitigate risks in organizations.

Could Electric Cars be Hacked?

Wall Street Journal: Cybersecurity experts warn that EVs will be ripe targets for hackers unless more attention is paid to the risks

Russian Cyber Attacks and How to Prepare

Prof. Stuart Madnick published a Harvard Business Review article on what cyber warfare might be like in the near future. In addition to the HBR paper, CAMS has been interviewed on the subject in many other outlets:

  • Dr. Michael Siegel was interviewed by GHB News on how to protect yourself from a Russian Cyber attack [Link]
  • Prof. Stuart Madnick was interviewed by:
    • Fox 13 Tampa Bay on warning signs of potential cyberattacks as Russian invasion of Ukraine persists [Link]
    • O Globo on how Ukraine summoned an “IT Army” against Russian cyber actions, but Moscow has not used its potential in the current war [Link] 
    • Deutsche Welle (DW) on how the war highlights the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure [Link]
    • WCBV on the growing concern that Russia might launch cyberattacks against the U.S. [Link] 
    • ABC News on how a possible cyberattack could affect Americans and how to prepare [Link]

Harvard Business Review features CAMS Research

CAMS published five recent articles in Harvard Business Review in 2020 and 2021:

“How to Safeguard Against Cyberattacks on Utilities” by Stuart Madnick
“A Cyber Attack Doesn’t have to Sink your Stock Price” by Keman Huang and Stuart Madnick
“The Tiktok Ban Should Worry Every Company” by Keman Huang and Stuart Madnick
“Cyberattacks Are Inevitable. Is Your Company Prepared?” by Keri Pearlson, Brett Thorson, Stuart Madnick, and Michael Coden
“Is Third-Party Software Leaving you Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks?” by Keman Huang, Keri Pearlson, and Stuart Madnick




Why Join Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan?

Benefit from usable research! Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan (CAMS), formerly (IC)3, is focusing MIT’s uniquely qualified interdisciplinary faculty and researchers on the fundamental principles of cyberspace, cybercrime, & cybersecurity applied to critical infrastructure. Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan is a confidential academic forum in which leaders and managers can benefit from the experiences of CSO/CISOs across multiple sectors.


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