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Go Forth with the GSC: Cyber Week 2019, Tel Aviv, Israel

By Qian Han, Student Professional Development Support Fund Recipient

Photo from Cyber Week 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel

Cyber Week is a large annual international cybersecurity event, hosted each year at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Over the past eight years, Cyber Week has become internationally acclaimed as one of the top cyber-security events in the world. Cyber Week offers a unique gathering of cyber-security experts, industry leaders, startups, investors, academics, diplomats, and government officials. With more than 8,000 attendees from more than 80 countries, this conference offers a thought-provoking exchange of knowledge, methods, and ideas. This year, I was lucky enough to present Dartmouth College to attend the conference and present my idea.

My poster was titled "Disclose or Exploit? A Game-Theoretic Approach to Strategic Decision Making in Cyber Warfare". Our work provides a novel algorithm which formulates the cyber competition between countries as a repeated cyber warfare game. We define the equilibrium state of the repeated cyber warfare game as a pure strategy Nash equilibrium. Furthermore, our DiscX prototype system that can help support government decision-makers in their decision about whether to disclose or exploit a vulnerability that they find immediately.

Attending Cyber Week 2019 was a valuable and memorable experience for the development of my graduate career, as it was my first time to present my work at Dartmouth in such a mainstream conference. I explored a lot about the real world cybersecurity research status and progress outside my field, exchanged exciting ideas with world-well-known experts, and obtained feedbacks that may guide the future direction of our project. I am extremely delighted for the financial support provided by the Graduate Student Council Student Support Fund.

Interested in learning more about how to get your travel expenses covered? Check out our student professional development support fund and our conference travel grant here.

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