This talk will consider some of the reliability, safety, security and other risks involved in the development and use of computers and communications. It will also consider a variety of approaches for starkly reducing those risks, including system architectures, good software engineering practice, the roles of sound mathematics, and some efforts to seriously robustify nonproprietary open-source software.
Peter G. Neumann (Neumann@CSL.sri.com) has doctorates from Harvard and Darmstadt. In his 30th year in SRI's Computer Science Lab, he is concerned with computer systems and networks, security, reliability, survivability, safety, and many risks-related issues such as voting-system integrity, crypto policy, and privacy. He moderates the ACM Risks Forum, edits CACM's monthly Inside Risks column, chairs the ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy, and co-founded People For Internet Responsibility (http://www.PFIR.org). His book, Computer-Related Risks, is in its fourth printing. He is a member of the U.S. General Accounting Office Executive Council on Information Management and Technology, and the National Science Foundation Computer Information Science and Engineering Advisory Board. See his Web site (http://www.csl.sri.com/neumann) for more bio info.
A reception with refreshments will take place at 3:00 PM in ENGR 325.