Lecture / Reading

Catherine Sandoval - Cybersecurity Paradigm Shift

Sponsored by Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society


Tuesday, February 4, 2020
6:00 pm – 7:20 pm
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Building 200, Room 203, Lane History Corner
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Professor Sandoval unmasks the “hacker paradigm” that pervades cybersecurity analysis and response. America’s economy, public safety, and democracy are increasingly intertwined with the Internet, yet the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) failed to consider the cybersecurity vulnerabilities it created by repealing net neutrality rules. The FCC’s net neutrality repeal order, now on remand from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeal for failure to consider the order’s effect on public safety, overlooked the cybersecurity and public safety risks of allowing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to charge for paid priority even if doing so degrades other Internet traffic. Firewalls and traditional cybersecurity techniques do not protect against a user’s own ISP. Professor Sandoval argues that net neutrality protects cybersecurity, public safety, the open Internet, critical infrastructure, and American democracy.

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Professor Sandoval is well known in the world of academia for her research on telecommunications, antitrust, energy, and contract issues. She is a tenured member of the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty which she joined in 2004. She has had extensive experience as a leader in numerous government organizations, as well as in the private sector. In January 2011 Governor Brown appointed Professor Sandoval to serve as a Commissioner at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) which regulates energy, water, telecommunications, and rail services in California. The California State Senate unanimously confirmed her to serve in that post. During her term as a CPUC Commission, she was appointed by the Federal Communications Commission to the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services.  She served as Co-Vice Chair of the Telecommunications Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.  Prior to joining the academy, Governor Davis appointed her to serve as Undersecretary and previously as Staff Director of California’s Business Transportation and Housing Agency from 2001 to 2003.  In that post she oversaw a wide variety of legal and policy matters affecting California’s infrastructure and economy, and advised the Secretary on energy, communications, and housing policy.

The Comm230X +1 Speaker Series highlights evolving perspectives at the intersection of the social sector, digital technology, and contemporary society. Winter 2020 speakers are experts from social sector organizations and from the fields of law, journalism, technology, and policy. Topics covered in the series include journalism, criminal justice, technology use in the social sector, cyber security, technology policy, and digital activism & conservativism.

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