Professor Olav Lysne is the head of the newly founded Centre for Digital Engineering, which is a collaborative research centre established by Simula Research Laboratory and Oslo Metropolitan University.
Lysne is also a professor in computer science at Simula and the University of Oslo. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Oslo, and his experience in research, education, management and innovation reaches back to 1989.
Lysne has previously been the leader of two separate National Commissions appointed by the Norwegian Government. Lysne was the leader of National Commission for Digital Vulnerability formed by the Norwegian government (Lysne I utvalget); their mandate was to write a report that forms the basis for the Government's cyber-policy. Additionally, Lysne headed a second National Commission (Lysne II-utvalget) that assessed whether the Norwegian Intelligence Service (Etterretningstjenesten) should be allowed to do lawful interception of Internet-traffic crossing the national borders of Norway.
In his Paranoia 2019 talk Olav Lysne will to talk about lawful interception of internet traffic, and on issues related to the SuperMicro case that Bloomberg just revealed. Lysne recently wrote a book on the subject:
"The Huawei and Snowden Questions". The book answers two central questions: 1. Is it at all possible to verify electronic equipment procured from untrusted vendors? 2. Can I build trust into my products in such a way that I support verification by untrusting customers?
In discussions on cyber security, there is a tacit assumption that the manufacturer of equipment will collaborate with the user of the equipment to stop third-party wrongdoers. The Snowden files and recent deliberations on the use of Chinese equipment in the critical infrastructures of Western countries have changed this. The discourse in both cases revolves around what malevolent manufacturers can do to harm their own customers, and the importance of the matter is on par with questions of national security.