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Ina Wanca

United States of America

Ms. Ina Wanca

Future Forces Forum Multi-domain Advanced Robotic Systems (MARS) Conference 2018 Future Forces Exhibition 2018

Adjunct Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York; Director of Cybercrime Prevention, Crime Commission of NYC


Cybersecurity-Threat and Governance Model for the Use of Autonomous Machines in Built and Connected Environments

The cybersecurity of autonomous agents remains particularly hard to influence because of its nascent state, the rapid trajectory of deployment, and the breadth and diversity of devices; the number of actual and potential vendors, and the lack of international technical standards and operating procedures. The paper identifies and assesses cybersecurity vulnerabilities and the cyber risks of existing autonomous machines deployments to the society. After evaluating ten case studies from the military domain, the author develops appropriate cyber-threat and governance models for the safety use of autonomous agents in built environments. The researcher seeks to engage various government agencies, international institutions, and manufacturers of AI machines to build a sustainable partnership by modifying their political, ethical, security, and economic approaches to AI.


Curriculum Vitae

Ina Wanca is an Adjunct Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is also a Director of Cybercrime Prevention at the Citizens Crime Commission of NYC, and oversees the Predictive Prevention Lab. As a Director of Cybercrime Prevention, Ina Wanca leads the Crime Commission's efforts to bring technology and people together in order to prevent and reduce cybercrime. Mr. Wanca is also an affiliated member of the Initiative for the Study of Emerging Threats at New York University. Her research is focused on the decision behavior and cybersecurity of autonomous systems in smart cities.

Throughout her career, Ms. Wanca has worked with various international, intergovernmental, diplomatic, and private organizations including the United Nations and the U.S. Mission to the European Union. Ms. Wanca is also a member of the FBI InfraGard and the Council of Europe Octopus community working to strengthen public-private cooperation in fighting cybercrime.

Previously, Ms. Wanca enjoyed a successful career with Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Bloomberg LP and Chubb Limited, where she worked on intellectual property, lobbying, and regulatory compliance matters in more than 120 countries.

Ms. Wanca holds master’s degree in cybersecurity and global affairs from New York University, and a law degree from Chernorizets Hrabar in Bulgaria. Most recently Ms. Wanca completed a SummerLab on human-computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon, where she developed a cognitive tutor for a phishing email prevention. Ms. Wanca is expanding her knowledge in the areas of artificial intelligence and robotics through programs at MIT and Stanford University.

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