Mark Graff Explores the Future of Internet Security

Aug. 25, 2003

Mark Graff Explores the Future of Internet Security

David Schwoegler,, 925-422-6900

LIVERMORE, Calif. - With the nation's computer infrastructure still recovering from recent malicious code attacks including MSBlaster worm and the SoBig virus, everyone from home computer owners to commercial system operators are pondering, "What's next?"

On Wednesday, August 27, at 10 a.m. in the Lab's Building 155 auditorium, Mark Graff will share a glimpse into his cyber crystal ball and suggest some answers. Graff will share a vision that he considers informed speculation on "The Future of Internet Security."

Graff is Chief Cyber Security Officer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He's served as a congressional expert witness on Internet security. Graff also has lectured on network security for the Pentagon, appeared before the Presidential Commission on Infrastructure Survivability; spoken on risk assessment before the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and addressed issues of "Free Speech and the Internet" at the invitation of the FCC.

Before joining Livermore last January, Graff was Chief Scientist at Para-Protect Services for two years. Before that he was Network Security Architect and Security Coordinator at Sun Microsystems for eight years. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi, and is the author of several computer-related books and articles. His latest book, with Ken van Wyk, for O'Reilly and Associates, "Secure Coding: Principles and Practices," was published in June. In the book, Graff explains how nearly all attacks on computer systems have one fundamental cause: The code used to run far too many systems today is not secure.

Graff's presentation to interns, summer students and Lab Employees will explore directions the evolution of the Internet is likely to take; the impact on security of emerging technologies such as "smart dust"; and how worms and other attacks - and the defenses against them - may evolve.

News media are invited to attend by contacting Annette Freschi at 925-423-6627.

The National Nuclear Security Administration's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by the University of California.


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