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Exploring Grand Challenges in Trustworthy Computing

November 15, 2004

Date: Monday November 15, 2004
Time: 2:30-4:00pm
Location: Woodward 149

Eugene H. Spafford <>

Abstract: We are presented with numerous challenges to make our information systems more secure, increase our confidence in our stored data, and protect the privacy of our personal information. However, under the steady barrage of attacks and flaws, it is sometimes difficult to think in terms of "big" challenges that can inspire us to make revolutionary, rather than evolutionary, strides. In this presentation I will discuss a few of the trends and problems that have been occupying researchers and industry over the last few years. I will explain why advances against these challenges are unlikely to provide long-term improvements in the security of our infrastructure. From this, I will then discuss the results of the recent CRA Grand Challenges conference on information security, including some discussion of how we might proceed to make progress on each of these four grand challenges.

Bio: Eugene H. Spafford is a professor of Computer Sciences at Purdue University, a professor of Philosophy (courtesy appointment), a professor of Communication (courtesy), a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (courtesy), and is Executive Director of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security. CERIAS is a campus-wide multi-disciplinary Center, with a broadly-focused mission to explore issues related to protecting information and information resources. Spaf has written extensively about information security, cybercrime, software engineering, and professional ethics....

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