Amanda Gray | June 26, 2019
In an increasingly digital world, the routines of daily life rely upon constant connections that transcend borders and span the globe. But those connections also make governments, as well as businesses and other organizations, vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Notre Dame Law Professor Jimmy Gurulé said rising concerns about cyber attacks sparked the idea for an interdisciplinary conference to discuss and analyze cybersecurity issues.
“There’s a recognition that cyber attacks can threaten U.S. national security, as well as that of our allies, and the question is: what’s the legal response?” he said. “Is the current legal framework adequate to deal with the threat?”
Such an attack could be devasting, Gurulé said. A foreign enemy could target a power grid of a large metropolis or a nuclear power facility, causing panic and potentially a catastrophic number of casualties.
“It’s a new frontier,” he said. “Gone are the days of war being fought entirely on kinetic, military grounds; geopolitical conflicts will be waged on a cyber battlefield.”
Gurulé and Michael Desch, the Packey J. Dee Professor of Political Science and director of the Notre Dame International Security Center, will co-host the conference June 27 at Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway.
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