Stanford University Department of Electrical Engineering

Computer Systems Colloquium

4:15PM, Wednesday, October 12, 2005
NEC Auditorium, Gates Computer Science Building B03

Fossilization™ of Electronic Records

Windsor Hsu
IBM Almaden Research Center
About the talk:

As critical records are increasingly stored and processed in electronic form, it is imperative that such records be properly stored and managed. Moreover, a growing subset of electronic records are subject to regulations governing their long-term retention and availability. Recent high-profiled accountability issues at large public companies have further caused regulatory bodies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to tighten their regulations. We have, however, identified serious deficiencies in today's electronic record-keeping capabilities. For example, we will contend in this talk that the current approach of storing records in Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) storage is increasingly inadequate to ensure that the records are trustworthy. We will present our vision of a holistic, trustworthy and cost-effective solution for storing and managing large amounts of electronic records over long periods of time. In particular, we will discuss the fossilization™ process that we have developed to ensure that records are trustworthy from an end-to-end perspective - the ends being the storage where records are kept, and the access point where records are received, such as by an agent performing an audit, a legal or regulatory discovery or an internal investigation.

About the speaker:

[Speaker Photograph] Windsor Hsu is a Research Staff Member and Master Inventor in the Computer Science Storage Systems department at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. He is responsible for developing technologies for the trustworthy storage and management of electronic records, especially for facilitating regulatory compliance. Windsor earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, a Master of Science and his Ph.D. in Computer Science, all from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a recipient of the IBM graduate fellowship.

Contact information:

Windsor Hsu
IBM Almaden Research Center

650 Harry Road
San Jose, CA 95120