Faculty Candidate Seminar|
Spam, Drugs, and Diesel: An Evidence-Based Approach to Computer Security
Associate Research Scientist
University of California, San Diego
Monday, March 12, 2018|
10:30am - 11:30am
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About the Event
Computer security is evolving from a prescriptive engineering discipline into a science, where security problems and defenses are understood as a product of technical, social, and economic forces. Central to the scientific method is the idea that empirical evidence is the ultimate arbiter, and this is no less true in computer security. Computer systems are built on countless implicit and explicit security assumptions, and empirical methods offer the only means to study these assumptions. Indeed, it is by attacking security assumptions, and not the security models themselves, that attackers most often undermine our defenses. The evidence-based approach to security offers principled empirical techniques to study contemporary security phenomena by exposing our underlying assumptions, leading to more effective defenses and security models more closely aligned with reality.
Kirill Levchenko is an Associate Research Scientist at the University of California, San Diego. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2008 and his B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001. His research applies evidence-based techniques to a broad range of computer security domains, including e-crime and cyber-physical systems.
Open to: Public