Direct Insights Into the Next Steps
The Technical Sessions program at Security '99 features some
of the best minds in security research. Starting with the keynote
address by Peter G. Neumann, SRI International, the
technical program offers two tracks for security professionals. The
Refereed Papers Track provides the opportunity to hear over twenty
research papers on security issues, presented by the authors. The
refereed papers were reviewed by the USENIX Program Committee and
selected for their quality from a large number of submissions. The
Invited Talks Track brings together some of the foremost thinkers
and scientists to discuss such topics as electronic commerce, multi-agent
markets, and the U.S. government's cryptography export policy.
Remarks and Keynote Address
August 25, 9:00am10:30am
Opening Remarks and Best Paper Awards
Win Treese, Open Market, Inc.
Experience Is the Best Teacher
Peter G. Neumann, Principal Scientist, SRI International
Everyone involved in information security and overall system survivability
can learn more from the historical evolution of computer operating
systems, distributed systems, databases, networks, and the associated
risks. Yet, somehow the most valuable would-be lessons from the past
keep getting lost. Consequently, our "generally accepted'" principles
are sub-optimal without an understanding of their deeper implications.
However, our understanding of experience may also be flaky in the
absence of guiding principles. This talk considers some of the lost
horizons and assesses why the advancement of the state of the art
in security has been so difficult.