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17218: Cybercastles & Cyberdefense


We think about the future in terms of the past. Star Wars, after all, takes place a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. When we think about cyberdefense, we find that we are still think in terms of the static defense of physical infrastructure. We try to defend mobile data with references to earth and stone works from the 8th century.

Our Intern, Anna, attempts to explain the basic model of cyber
defense as a metaphor of castle defense.  Her description, though completely accurate in argument, has a few errors of fact, errors which should make us rethink how we use metaphor to describe cyberspace.


Anna The Intern: Sarah Corbyn Woolf

Evelyn the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Sullivan from Policy: Josh LaForce


16360: The Cybersecurity Episode


Guests Bruce McMillin and Gerry Howser talk about their recent article on Computer magazine article that compares the problems of cybersecurity to those of defending a medieval castle. In case you are not familiar with European fortifications from the 12th to 15th century, our intern explains how they work using the only example that she knows, an example that isn’t as medieval as she would like.