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Questioning What You Think You Know

6 Apr 2009

A great deal of the trust we think we can place (or not) in our computing systems is based on experience with the ones we commonly use. However, those computing systems continue to be victimized by a variety of failures and attacks. Perhaps some of the ‘common knowledge’ on which we base our designs is itself faulty? Perhaps we are employing concepts that should be re-examined?

In this talk, Eugene provokes the audience to question some assumptions related to computer architecture, the definitions of security, and how best to build trusted systems. In particular, we should question if the current methods of defining security are appropriate, how we might better design a system to be secured, and whether we understand the appropriate tradeoffs when paying for heightened trust.