[Busec] Fwd: 2/7/11 - Steven Bellovin at Harvard

Sharon Goldberg goldbe at cs.bu.edu
Tue Jan 25 12:08:05 EST 2011


Steve Bellovin will be giving a talk on systems security at Harvard
next week.  Could be interesting; Steve is a professor at Columbia,
one of the pioneers of  Internet protocol security, and does a lot of
work with Internet standards.


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From: Bestavros, Azer <best at bu.edu>

CRCS Lunch Seminar
Date: Monday, February 7, 2011
Time: 11:30am – 1:-00pm
Place: Maxwell Dworkin 119

Speaker:  Steven Bellovin, Columbia University

Title:  Cybersecurity Challenge

Abstract:   From more or less any perspective, we have failed in our
attempts to build secure systems.  We argue that given one
uncontroversial assumption -- that bug-free code is impossible, if
only because we cannot construct bug-free specifications -- this is
unlikely to change.  Doing the same thing over and over again and
expecting a different result is one class definition of insanity, but
that's what security people have been doing.  Instead, we outline a
fundamentally different approach to security, called resilient system

Bio:  Steven M. Bellovin is a professor of computer science at
Columbia University, where he does research on networks, security, and
especially why the two don't get along. He joined the faculty in 2005
after many years at Bell Labs and AT&T Labs Research, where he was an
AT&T Fellow. He received a BA degree from Columbia University, and an
MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill. While a graduate student, he helped create Netnews;
for this, he and the other perpetrators were given the 1995 Usenix
Lifetime Achievement Award (The Flame). He is a member of the National
Academy of Engineering and is serving on the Computer Science and
Telecommunications Board of the National Academies, the Department of
Homeland Security's Science and Technology Advisory Committee, and the
Technical Guidelines Development Committee of the Election Assistance
Commission; he has also received the 2007 NIST/NSA National Computer
Systems Security Award.

Bellovin is the co-author of Firewalls and Internet Security:
Repelling the Wily Hacker, and holds a number patents on cryptographic
and network protocols. He has served on many National Research Council
study committees, including those on information systems
trustworthiness, the privacy implications of authentication
technologies, and cybersecurity research needs; he was also a member
of the information technology subcommittee of an NRC study group on
science versus terrorism. He was a member of the Internet Architecture
Board from 1996-2002; he was co-director of the Security Area of the
IETF from 2002 through 2004.

More details may be found at http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb/informal-bio.html.

Upcoming talks:

3/7/2011 Gary King, Harvard

3/21/2011 Yiling Chen, Harvard

4/4/2011 Daron Acemoglu, MIT


Carol Harlow

Harvard University

Maxwell  Dworkin 343

33 Oxford Street

Cambridge, MA  02138

Sharon Goldberg
Computer Science, Boston University

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