Computer Systems Laboratory Colloquium

4:15PM, Wednesday, April 30, 2003
NEC Auditorium, Gates Computer Science Building B03

Internet Security: an Optimist Gropes for Hope

Bill Cheswick
Chief Scientist, Lumeta Corp.
About the talk:

By all accounts the Internet has grown more dangerous since its inception. Most of the expected attacks have appeared and become commonplace. Increasingly sophistocated malware has learned to hide in the deep bushes of verdant, wild software. Users can't keep up with these dangers, and it is hard enough for the professionals.

And yet, there are indications that things can get better. Many important web sites get security right enough to support large business models. Those who run our most secure networks report that they repeatedly pass the pop-quizzes of the attacks du jour. We can use crypto when we want to, and many do.

We can do better, and many of us are starting to.

About the speaker:

Ches has been out and about in the Internet security field since the late 1980s. He is known for his early work in firewalls and proxies, and for the book he has co-authored with Steve Bellovin and now Avi Rubin. In summer 2000 Ches helped spin off the Internet cartography he did at Bell Labs with Hal Burch into a startup, Lumeta Corp, which explores the extent and perimeter hosts of corporate and government intranets.

Contact information:

Bill Cheswick
Lumeta Corp
220 Davidson
Somerset, NJ 08873
+1 732 357-3500
+1 908 221-9044