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#MyCyberWhy 8: Sarah Mainwaring, Kluge Fellow and PhD Candidate

Welcome to “My Cyber Why” — a glimpse into the life and work of experts from around the world who have dedicated themselves to protecting cyberspace.

There’s no shortage of scary headlines about the latest hacks and malware releases. But what doesn’t make the headlines are the inspiring stories of the people who work every day to make the cyber world a safer place. These are their stories and cybersecurity is their passion.

Today’s guest is Sarah Mainwaring. Sarah is a PhD Candidate (ESRC) working on Anglo-American Cyber Security, with a focus on cryptography. The working title for her PhD thesis is: From Dark Art to The Everyday- The Evolution of State Encryption Policy.

My Cyber Why video with Sarah Mainwaring

In each episode guests answer four questions:

1. Who are you?

2. What do what you do in cyber?

3. Why do you do it?

3. How can people get involved or learn more?

Sarah’s bringing great insights on the fusion of crypto and geopolitics — you really don’t want to miss a word she says! But — for the TL/DR audience — highlights in the Timestamps.


[:37] Welcome Sarah!

[:47] Why is Sarah in DC in the summer?

[1:33] A day in the life of a Kluge Fellow

[2:30] The intersection of governments and cryptography

[4:34] Why there’s more to the study of crypto than math

[6:08] Re-examining crypto and cyber myths by understanding history

[8:44] The importance of addressing big ideas in crypto

[9:58] Do you have info/insights on the history of crypto? How you can help Sarah with her research.

Thanks for watching!

Want to get involved? Know someone who’s got a fantastic Cyber Why? If there’s someone you’d like to see interviewed reach out to me on LinkedIn or Twitter



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