NC State University

Department of Computer Science Colloquia 2001-2002

A telecast from UNC as part of
Triangle Computer Science Distinguished Lecturer Series

Date:   Monday, February 11, 2002
Time:   4:00 PM (talk telecast)
Place:   Parks Shop, Studio 1, NCSU Historical Campus (click for courtesy parking request)

Speaker:  Anita K. Jones , Computer Science, University of Virginia

Cyber Security -- The Weak Link

Abstract:   During the latter half of the 20th century the world created a new infrastructure -- the cyber, or information, infrastructure. It underpins many of the processses and activities of society. Usefulness of the cyber infrastructure depends on many aspects, and notable among them is security. Fundamentally, today's perimeter defense model on which most cyber security relies does not work, and cannot work. This talk will characterize the fragility and the failures of today's cyber security. It will review past research, as well as the state of the art and the practice of information security. This includes recent intrusion detection research of the speaker. Options for substantive improvement will be discussed.

Short Bio:   Anita Jones is Lawrence R. Quarles Professor of Engineering and Applied Science in the Department of Computer Science, University of Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1973. She was an assistant professor of Computer Science at CMU until 1978, when she became an associate professor. From 1981-87 she was vice-president and co-founder of Tartan Laboratories. In 1988 joined UVa as a professor and the chair of the Computer Science Department. From 1993-1997 she served at the U.S. Department of Defense where, as Director of Defense Research and Engineering, she oversaw the department's science and technology program, research laboratories, and DARPA. She received the U.S. Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award, a Distinguished Public Service Award, and a tribute in the Congressional Record from Senator Chuck Robb. She serves on the National Science Board and on the Defense Science Board. She is an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, the author or co-author of 37 papers and two books.

Host:   F. Brooks , Computer Science, UNC

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