October 22, 2009: Seminar - Jon A. Solworth:"The Current State of Software and What to do About It:A Security Researcher's Perspective"

Seminar Announcement

The Current State of Software and What to do About It:A Security Researcher's Perspective

Jon A. Solworth
Thursday, October 22, 2009
3:00 pm, 1000 SEO


Although there is a steady stream of news stories about cybercime, few people seem to understand its pervasive impact on computing. And yet, cybercrime is estimated to be in excess of $100 billion per year, eclipsing the drug trade. Although society is rapidly increasing its spending on security, we are losing the war. Both proprietary and open source software is failing. A new approach is needed in building software which is able to much more effectively withstand attack. This talk described how software needs to be constructed given today's realities.

Brief Bio:

Dr. Jon Solworth is Director of the Center for Research and Instruction in Technologies for Electronic Security (RITES) and Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a systems researcher whose interests include computer security, operating systems, networks, and distributed systems. His first paper in computer security (with Robert Sloan), described an authorization model sufficient to implement the Osborn-Sandhu-Munawer DAC taxonomy and answered in part a 30 year old question raised by Harrison-Ruzzo-Ullman about authorization models with a decidable safety property. He has recently shown how to achieve thousand-fold performance improvements over current best practices for Certificate Revocation, which has been called a Public Key Infrastructure "Grand Challenge Problem". In the past, Prof. Solworth has worked on a wide range of systems topics including storage systems, interconnection networks, and parallel processing languages and architectures.

Host:Jon A. Solworth

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