Security vulnerabilities in computer systems can affect every aspect of our lives. Released first through a series of articles and then the full publication, this special edition addresses a number of issues related to cybersecurity in a “networked world.” In addition, we’ve highlighted some of the multi-disciplinary, campus wide initiatives that exemplify Carnegie Mellon’s international leadership, not only in the development of information technology, but also in the research and education needed to tackle cyber-threats head on, while protecting individual privacy.
One of the greatest strengths of Carnegie Mellon University is its interdisciplinary approach to understanding and solving real-world problems, especially through public policy. The H. John Heinz III College is the center for the university's policy work, but it's hardly the only policy voice on campus. Many of Carnegie Mellon's faculty, students, and alumni have become internationally recognized experts on today's crucial issues—criminal justice, energy and the environment, healthcare policy and management, information security policy, economics and the global economy, urban and social policy, and improving risk assessment and response. The following articles highlight how Carnegie Mellon has emerged as a leader in public policy.