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[Colloquium] Natural Immunity and Machine Security: The curious problem of creating nature-inspired security systems

February 24, 2009

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  • Date: Thursday, Feburary 24th, 2009 
  • Time: 11 am — 12:15 pm 
  • Place: ME 218

Scott Miller
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

Abstract: Economic forces and user demand have driven computer systems to increasing complexity and to increasing deployment speed. All complex systems have complicated failure modes, we’ve become reliant on prophylactic anti-malware systems that are increasingly expensive and decreasingly effective. How does the human immunity prevent and manage infection without an A/V subscription or updates? This talk will overview some of the key systems present in human immunity — self/non-self, data reduction, federated system, security in depth — from a Computer Science perspective.

Biography: Scott Miller works in the Advanced Computing Solutions Program, a Los Alamos National Laboratory organization chartered with the forward-thinking research and development of next generation security systems. He holds a Masters in Computer Science from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, his thesis being “A Bioinformatics Approach to the Automated Analysis of Binary Executables.”