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US Government Perspective on Information Security

Chris Shutters - National Security Agency

Jan 16, 1998


The increased use of commercial off the shelf (COTS) computer hardware and software by U.S. Government agencies has dramatically changed the job of the government computer security researcher. Methods of providing security that worked in the past (e.g. creating a government- specific version of a product to provide additional security) are now not adequately responsive to customer needs due to ever-decreasing product lifecycles.

We will briefly discuss the history of U.S. government computer security, then move on to the challenges facing government security researchers today. If time permits, we will discuss the future of government and commercial security (which many people will contend are virtually identical).

For background, please review Marcus Ranum's Distinguished Lecture at the 1997 CSAC for a pessimistic (but perhaps realistic) view of the state of security on the internet

About the Speaker

Chris Shutters is a Captain in the United States Air Force. He has been a computer security specialist for all nine years of his military service. He is currently an Information Security researcher with the office of INFOSEC Computer Science at the National Security Agency. Before working for the NSA, he was the operations officer for the Air Force Computer Emergency Response Team at the Air Force Information Warfare Center in San Antonio, TX.

Unless otherwise noted, the security seminar is held on Wednesdays at 4:30P.M. STEW G52 (Suite 050B), West Lafayette Campus. More information...


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