Chasing the Unattainable Aim of Security

Eugene Spafford is a professor with an appointment in computer science at Purdue University, where he has served on the faculty since 1987. He is generally recognized as one of the senior leaders in the field of computing. In 2013, he was inducted into the National Cybersecurity Hall of Fame. He was recognized, in part, for his co-development of the first free intrusion detection system distributed on the internet and for originating the term “firewall.” Spafford is known for his writing, research and speaking on issues of security and ethics. He has brought that expertise to Washington, as a witness testifying before Congress and as a former member of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee. He also serves as executive director of Purdue’s Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security.

To stitch existing security seams that are fraying at the edges, or to start over? That is the question. Eugene Spafford thinks there is a clear answer.

I got to wondering whether much has changed over the last year or so in the way we defend against cybersecurity attacks, so I did a quick revisit of our podcast with Eugene Spafford, whom some would argue is the Father of Cybersecurity. 

When we talk about all the spending that’s been done on security, over the years, the vast majority of that has been patching and building new layers on top of broken artifacts. So fundamental problems continue to be present in the way we design and use those

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