Because security touches so many disciplines, you’ll find student and faculty groups in a range of departments active on cybersecurity. The best place to start is the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC). Established in 2015, CLTC is a research and collaboration hub in the School of Information. CLTC funds research, hosts speakers and conferences, and regularly produces white papers on cybersecurity. Three projects of note are: AI Security Initiative, Citizen Clinic, and Daylight Security Research Lab.
Many students have found rewarding research experiences with the Berkeley-affiliated International Computer Science Institute.
The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) was created to accelerate translation of scientific research into technology development. CITRIS leads the Women in Tech Initiative and its other research thrusts are relevant to cybersecurity.
There are several student groups that have explicit cybersecurity concentrations. Berk1337 (“Berk-Leet”) is Berkeley’s main undergraduate student group focused on cybersecurity; Berk1337 has participated in cyber defense competitions. The Interdisciplinary Research Group on Privacy is a research working group for undergraduates. At the law school, PrivLab is a student group that hosts events primarily on privacy and information security law. Events are accessible through joining their email list.
Some groups focus on security from a particular domain lens. For instance, the foreign service and international relations fraternity, Delta Phi Epsilon hosts relevant events, as does the Algorithmic Fairness and Opacity Working Group, the Review of International Conflict and Security, the Nuclear Policy Working Group, the Center for Technology, Society, and Policy.
Although not on our campus, Stanford’s Internet Observatory is an exciting institution. Started by Berkeley alum Alex Stamos, the Observatory has generated interesting curricular contributions, reports, and events. The Observatory has written prolifically about information operations and the group’s reports are a good study both in content and in the writing techniques analysts use to present material to busy decisionmakers.