What Biosecurity and Cybersecurity Research Have in Common

An opinion piece by Kendall Hoyt, assistant professor of medicine and lecturer at the Thayer School of Engineering, where she discusses how biosecurity and cybersecurity have similar dangers—and similar potential benefits. "In the wrong hands, both types of knowledge can be used to develop a weapon instead of a vaccine or a patch," says Hoyt. "The genetic tools and exploit software that enable these activities are becoming easier to use and to acquire, prompting security experts to ask one question with growing urgency: How can we protect against misuse without limiting discovery and innovation?"

Read the full story, published in 3/17/17, in Slate.

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