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Computer Security: I think we can win!

Topic: Computer Security: I think we can win!
Speaker: Bill Cheswick
Date: Thursday, Dec 3rd, 2015
Time: 7:00pm (social), 7:30pm (discussion)

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Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, 08648-4132

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Despite all the gloomy news, and the cynical burnout of jaded security experts, I think that we will someday solve most of the current computer and network security problems. Does this seem unlikely?  Despite tremendous advances in CPU speed, circuit density and cost, and data storage capacity, we are still very early in the computer era—perhaps where the automobile was a hundred years ago.  Our software (or our wisdom) has not advanced at the same rate, and there is plenty of room for improvement.

In some places we are not even trying: vital public domain software is maintained by four part-time programmers.  We use tools that counter problems that shouldn’t exist in the first place——consider virus checkers!  Using these is like running background checks on the hobos living in our bedroom: the problem shouldn’t exist.

I will offer some encouraging analogies, and propose a number of half-baked ideas that may lead towards this safer world. They are our computers and our networks: we ought to be able to control what happens on them!



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