Lessons from the ACM Risks Forum with Peter Neumann

This TechTalk is a free-wheeling discussion of what we might have learned from almost 30 years of the ACM Risks Forum. No talk-specific slides; after initial remarks from the speaker, the topics are influenced somewhat interactively by questions and comments by the audience, as interpreted by our moderator, Will Tracz. Many regular RISKS readers joined us for our live TechTalk. Various background information is available online, in case you have not been a long-time RISKS reader:

  • The ACM Risks Forum: http://www.risks.org (with a nice searchable reader interface (courtesy of Lindsay Marshall at Newcastle)
  • The CACM Inside RISKS series (232 articles thus far): http://www.csl.sri.com/neumann/insiderisks.html
  • The Illustrative Risks annotated index to early the ACM SIGSOFT Software Engineering Notes and RISKS issues: http://www.csl.sri.com/neumann/illustrative.pdf (http://www.csl.sri.com/neumann/illustrative.html for browsing).
  • Peter's website: http://www.csl.sri.com/neumann. (Testimonies for the U.S. Senate and House and California state Senate and Legislature, papers, bibliography, further background, etc. See also the Illustrative Risks annotated index of earlier risks incidents.)
  • Peter's full bio: http://www.csl.sri.com/neumann/short.bio

Peter Neumann

Peter G. Neumann has been in SRI's Computer Science Lab since September 1971, where he is a Senior Principal Scientist. He is concerned with computer systems and networks, trustworthiness/dependability, high assurance, security, reliability, survivability, safety, and many risks-related issues such as election-system integrity, crypto applications and policies, health care, social implications, and human needs, especially those including privacy. Peter is currently PI on two DARPA projects: clean-slate trustworthy hosts for the CRASH program with new hardware and new software, and clean-slate networking for the Mission-oriented Resilient Clouds program. He moderates the ACM Risks Forum, has been reponsible for CACM's Inside Risks columns since 1990, chairs the ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy, and has chaired the National Committee for Voting Integrity (http://www.votingintegrity.org). Peter created ACM SIGSOFT's Software Engineering Notes in 1976, was its editor for 19 years, and still contributes the RISKS section. He was also on the editorial board of IEEE Security and Privacy and has participated in four studies for the National Academies of Science. His 1995 book, Computer-Related Risks, is still timely.

Peter is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, AAAS, and SRI. He received the National Computer System Security Award in 2002, the ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Contributions Award in 2005, and the Computing Research Association Distinguished Service Award in 2013. In 2012, he was elected to the newly created National Cybersecurity Hall of Fame as one of the first set of inductees. Peter is a member of the U.S. Government Accountability Office Executive Council on Information Management and Technology, the California Office of Privacy Protection advisory council, and co-founded People For Internet Responsibility (http://www.PFIR.org). He has taught at Darmstadt, Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, and the University of Maryland.