John Villasenor

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Biography: 

 John Villasenor is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and is on the faculty at UCLA where he is a professor of electrical engineering, public policy, and management and a visiting professor of law. 

Villasenor’s work considers the broader impacts of key technology trends, including the move to the cloud, the globalization of technology product design and manufacturing, advances in digital communications and electronics, and the increasing complexity of today’s networks and systems. He writes frequently on these topics and on their implications with respect to cybersecurity, privacy, and law. He has published in The Atlantic, Billboard, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Fast Company, Forbes, the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Scientific American, Slate, the Washington Post, and many academic journals. He has also provided congressional testimony on multiple occasions on topics including drones, privacy, and intellectual property law.

Before joining the faculty at UCLA, Villasenor was with the National Aeronautic and Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he developed methods of imaging the earth from space. He holds a BS from the University of Virginia and an MS and PhD from Stanford University. Villasenor is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an affiliate at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford.

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Five Things The Texas Ebola Case Can Teach Us About Critical Infrastructure Security

by John Villasenorvia Forbes
Friday, October 3, 2014

As everyone now knows, a man who had recently arrived in the United States from Liberia showed up ill at the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on September 25. Despite telling a nurse that he had just flown in from Africa, he was discharged by doctors who were apparently unaware of his travel history.

Corporate Cybersecurity Realism: Managing Trade Secrets in a World Where Breaches Occur

by John Villasenorvia IP2 Working Paper Series
Thursday, August 21, 2014

IP² Working Paper No. 14012 - Cybersecurity intrusions aimed at extracting trade secrets are an unfortunate feature of the 21st century business landscape. In response, many companies have made cybersecurity a top priority, and their networks and systems have become much more secure as a result.

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