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The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

The Center for Education and Research in
Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

Santiago Torres-Arias - Purdue University

Students: Spring 2022, unless noted otherwise, sessions will be virtual on Zoom.

Practical software Supply Chain Security and Transparency

Mar 17, 2021

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The software development process, or software supply chain, is quite complex and involves a number of independent actors. Due to this ever-growing complexity has led to various software supply chain compromises: from XCodeGhost injecting malware on millions of apps, to the highly-publicized SolarWinds Compromise. In this talk, Santiago will introduce various research challenges, as well as attempts from both Open Source and Industry --- such as SigStore, CoSign and in-toto --- to protect millions of users across the globe.

About the Speaker

Santiago Torres-Arias
Dr. Torres-Arias' current research focuses on securing the software development life-cycle. Previously, his research focused on secure password storage mechanisms and update systems. He is the team lead of in-toto, a framework to secure the software development life-cycle, as well as PolyPasswordHasher, a password storage mechanism that’s incredibly resilient to offline password cracking. He also contributes to The Update Framework (TUF), which is the software update system being integrated on a variety of projects like Docker, CPAN, and others.

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