Vulnerability in the Connected World

Are smart things and smart cities too risky? In the era of the Internet of Things, can we protect ourselves from a new kind of cyberterrorism?

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


May 13, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


Advance tickets $10, at the door $15

Computers make our daily lives easier. That is the promise, at least, as we step into the era of the Internet of Things, an era in which we are connected to everything from our personal devices to the buildings we work in, even the cities we live in.

Yet as we increasingly trust machines to manage our lives, environment, and infrastructure, the prospect of disruption and cyberterrorism appears to be ever more threatening. In parallel with the Internet of Things World conference, we invite you to join us to explore the topic of smart cities and imagine the threats—and solutions—around new, invasive cyberthreats.


6:30 pm  doors open
7:00 pm  introduction
7:10 pm  speakers
8:15 pm  audience Q&A
8:30 pm  networking reception
9:30 pm  doors close


John Chuang

John Chuang is a Professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley, with an affiliate appointment in the Department of EECS. He was trained as an electrical engineer at USC, Stanford, and CMU. He is a lead investigator for the newly established Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC), and is also affiliated with the NSF TRUST Science and Technology Center and the Berkeley Institute of Data Science (BIDS). His research interests are in bio-sensory computing and human factors of security and privacy. Current research projects include brainwave authentication with passthoughts, neurosensing at scale, and the stewardship of personal bio-data.

Thomas Geffroyd


Thomas has been working in the video game industry for over 10 years, primarily focusing on brand and content. After working on major brands developed in Ubisoft Montreal Studio (Splinter Cell, Ranbow Six, Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry) he helped develop and launch the new franchise Watch_Dogs. Passionate about the hacking craft and culture since he discovered internet in the early 90s, Thomas serves as the primary link between the Ubisoft content creators and those on the front lines of one of the most relevant and intriguing counter-cultures in today’s world.

Solange Ghernaouti


Dr. Prof. Solange Ghernaouti, Director of the Swiss Cybersecurity Advisory and Research Group at the University of Lausanne, is an internationally recognized expert on ICT Risk management, cybersecurity, cyberdefence, and cybercrime related issues.

She has contributed to several initiatives organized by international organizations, public and private institutions, research centers, and law enforcement agencies, among other instances of professional recognition around the globe. She is an active independent security advisor, an influential analyst, and a regular media commentator.

Professor Ghernaouti has authored more than 200 publications and more than 25 books on ICT and security issues. She is Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and member of the Swiss Academy of Sciences.

She is also a member of the scientific committee of the International Forum of Security Technologies, and Associate Fellow of The Geneva Center for Security Policy. She has been recognized by the Swiss press as one of the outstanding women in professional and academic circles.

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These events are part of a monthlong series and exhibition at swissnex San Francisco that ask tough questions about digital security in the past, present, and future.

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Photo: Myleen Hollero

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