On Tuesday, March 19th Ismet Herdem gave a fascinating talk about Cyber Security, Cyber Warfare, and Social Engineering both in the context of Turkey and the global political and social environment more broadly. He spoke of the differences between official and criminal hackers, the need for intelligence services to adapt to the new landscape of cyber conflict, the future of warfare and the role of cyber attacks in the coming decades, and some relevant instances of cyber attacks that affected millions of people globally. He also touched on the societal implications of technology’s increased role, the impact of the internet in people’s daily lives, the need to protect personal and financial information on the internet from hackers and other agents with bad intentions, and the role of cyber crime as an entirely new type of crime.
Ismet Herdem holds an M.P.A (Masters in Public Administration) degree from Metropolitan College of New York. He is a graduate student and graduate assistant at the Department of Central Eurasian Studies in the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington. He attended Baskent University in Turkey and majored in Political Science and International Relations.