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ISTeC Distinguished Lecture in conjunction with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Computer Science Department Seminar Series

Title: Security and Trust Convergence: Attributes, Relations and Provenance
Speaker: Ravi Sandhu
Affiliation: University of Texas at San Antonio
Day: Monday, September 15, 2014
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: LSC Grey Rock Room

Abstract: Security and trust are interdependent concepts which need to converge to address the cyber security needs of emerging systems. This talk will lay out a vision for this convergence. We argue that security and trust are inherently dependent on three foundational concepts: attributes, relations and provenance. Security researchers have dealt with these three concepts more or less independently. In the future convergence of these three is required to achieve meaningful cyber security. The talk will speculate on some research and technology challenges and opportunities in this respect.

Bio: Ravi Sandhu is Executive Director of the Institute for Cyber Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he holds the Lutcher Brown Endowed Chair in Cyber Security. Previously he was on the faculty at George Mason University (1989-2007) and Ohio State University (1982-1989). He holds BTech and MTech degrees from IIT Bombay and Delhi, and MS and PhD degrees from Rutgers University. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ACM and AAAS, and has received awards from IEEE, ACM, NSA and NIST such as the IEEE Computer Society's Technical Achievement Award in 2004, the ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Contribution Award (2208) and the ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Innovation Award. A prolific and highly cited author, his research has been funded by NSF, NSA, NIST, DARPA, AFOSR, ONR, AFRL and private industry. His seminal papers on Role-based Access Control established it as the dominant form of access control in practical systems. His numerous other models and mechanisms have also had considerable real-world impact. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, and founding General Chair of the ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy. He previously served as founding Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Information and System Security and on the editorial board for IEEE Internet Computing. He was Chairman of ACM SIGSAC, and founded the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security and the ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies and chaired their Steering Committees for many years. He has served as General Chair, Program Chair and Committee Member for numerous security conferences. He has consulted for leading industry and government organizations, and has lectured all over the world.