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Josephine Wolff

Josephine Wolff — College of Liberal Arts

JOSEPHINE WOLFF’S RESEARCH FOCUSES ON CYBERSECURITY ISSUES THAT LIE AT THE INTERSECTION OF POLICY, LAW, AND ECONOMICS, INVESTIGATING QUESTIONS SUCH AS HOW SHOULD COMPUTER SECURITY BE MEASURED AND WHO SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE WHEN CYBERSECURITY INCIDENTS OCCUR. FOR INSTANCE, HER BOOK “YOU’LL SEE THIS MESSAGE WHEN IT IS TOO LATE”: THE LEGAL AND ECONOMIC AFTERMATH OF CYBERSECURITY BREACHES(MIT PRESS, 2018) EXPLORES WHAT HAPPENS AFTER LARGE-SCALE SECURITY BREACHES, INCLUDING RANSOMWARE, ECONOMIC ESPIONAGE, AND DENIAL-OF-SERVICE ATTACKS, COMBING THROUGH CLASS-ACTION LAWSUITS AND FINANCIAL FILINGS TO ESTABLISH WHO ENDS UP PAYING FOR THESE INCIDENTS AND HOW POLICY-MAKERS CAN ADJUST THE INCENTIVES THAT ORGANIZATIONS HAVE TO INVEST IN STRONGER SECURITY MEASURES. SHE RELIES ON A COMBINATION OF LEGAL AND ECONOMIC ANALYSIS, AS WELL AS POLICY ASSESSMENT TOOLS, TO EXPLORE THE IMPACTS OF CYBERSECURITY POLICIES AND THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOCIO-TECHNICAL INTERVENTIONS IN COMPUTER SECURITY.

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