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The cybersecurity project includes state-by-state workshops for state and local elections officials ito educate and raise awareness of cyberthreats. (Photo/Courtesy of Felicia Pratt)

As election nears, USC-led cybersecurity initiative pivots to voter education and access

The Google-funded USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative has held workshops for officials around the country, bracing them for cyberthreats. Now, they are channeling their efforts into helping voters.

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Hunter Collins, an intelligence and cyber operations major at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, testifies in a mock trial involving digital espionage. (Image/Courtesy of Joseph Greenfield)

To test their cybercrime knowledge, USC students take witness stand in virtual courtroom

With COVID-19 cyberscams rampant, industry pros from firms worldwide watch as USC digital forensics students show their crime-fighting smarts in front of a real-life judge online.

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The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy wants to help prepare state and local officials for foreseeable threats — regardless of source, origin, party or candidate targeted. (Illustration/Suzanne Boretz)

Google grant supports USC’s effort to protect elections from cyberattacks

The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy will launch a training program in all 50 states to prepare election officials for digital attacks.

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A single input laser, left, enters the spherical frequency comb generator that includes a single layer of organic molecules. The light orbits inside the sphere over 10,000 times in a few nanoseconds, interacting with the molecules during each orbit and resulting in the generation of the frequency comb. (Illustration/Alexa Hudnut and Vinh Diep)

What we know about encryption and how it could improve cybersecurity

USC researchers develop a powerful tool using pulses of light to translate and protect data.