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IUPUI hosting annual CACR Cybersecurity Summit

Who controls the privacy of your data? Privacy vs. security is the topic of this year's event

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Your data is increasingly held by a number of organizations—both in government and the private sector. What are their rights and obligations with regards to your privacy when facing a government request for that data? What are their obligations to public safety? These are the questions the FBI versus Apple case kicked off in March 2016.

The debate around privacy versus security—who decides this trade-off and how?—has been reigning since then and is the focus of this year’s Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR) Cybersecurity Summit.

“We’ve never before had so much data readily available to us as a society,” said Von Welch, CACR director. “That data has a huge potential of benefits for safety, science and the public good, but it also brings with it huge privacy concerns. A key debate that shapes our digital future is access to that data—how do we decide when the benefits outweigh the privacy risks?”

The summit will take place on Thursday, September 29, at the University Tower Hine Hall Auditorium on the IUPUI campus. Aside from receiving 4.5 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits for attending the summit, attendees can look forward to a wealth of informative sessions, including:

  • Keynote speakers: Drew Mitnick, author at Access Now—an international nonprofit that works to defend and extend the digital rights of users around the world—and Kevin Branzetti, deputy chief of intelligence at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Chaired by CACR fellow Joe Tomain, the keynotes will tackle “Data Privacy and Law Enforcement Access: Searching for a Balanced Approach.”

  • Three education-sector talks, led by the REN-ISAC (Research and Education Networking—Information Sharing and Analysis Center), CACR and Purdue Polytechnic Institute.

  • A panel discussion on “Future of Cybersecurity and Privacy” with Robin Fleming (Angie's List), Brian McGinnis (Barnes & Thorneburn) and Rob Templeman (Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division), chaired by Von Welch.

The CACR has been working since 2003 to provide the nation with leadership in applied cybersecurity technology, education and policy. It is a university-wide center that acts to improve cybersecurity across Indiana and the nation. As part of IU’s Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI), it works “to improve the quality of life in the state of Indiana and the world through novel research and innovation and service delivery in the broad domain of information technology and informatics.”

“The CACR Summit attracts over a hundred attendees each year, making it one of the Midwest's largest forums for advancing the public's understanding of cybersecurity and privacy on the Internet,” explained Leslee Cooper, CACR administrative director. “The Summit brings together businesses, government, military, NGOs and academia in an open forum to explore challenges facing our increasingly digital society.”

Those wishing to attend the summit are required to register for the event.

For more information and to register, visit