Security: Computing in an Adversarial Environment with Carrie Gates

Security is inherently different from other aspects of computing due to the presence of an adversary. As a result, identifying and addressing security vulnerabilities requires a different mindset from traditional engineering. Proper security engineering—or the lack of it!—affects everything from website scripts to supply chain management to electronic health records to social networks to mobile phones...and the list goes on. Security is further complicated by the translation of social notions—such as identity and trust— into an online world. Worse, security itself is often viewed by both developers and users as the adversary! This TechTalk will introduce the fundamentals of security, describe the security mindset, and highlight why achieving security is difficult.

What you'll learn:

  • The security mindset -- what it is, why it's needed
  • The social side of security -- usability, adoption, identity, trust
  • A deeper dive on insider threat as a case study -- what it is, how to detect it, how to prevent it

Carrie Gates

Carrie Gates, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, CA Labs.  Dr. Gates has opened new avenues for collaboration in the field of cyber security for CA Technologies by leveraging government programs that further research between CA Labs and academia. She has given over 20 invited talks internationally, authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications related to information security, and co-authored an amendment on cloud security research for the America Competes Act that was signed into law in December 2010. In October 2010, Dr. Gates was recognized for her work with a Women of Influence award from CSO magazine.