Complex systems break in complex ways

According to Peter G. Neumann, an 80-year-old computer scientist at SRI International, the increasing complexity of modern hardware and software has made it virtually impossible to identify the flaws and vulnerabilities in computer systems and ensure that they are secure. Peter’s intuition is that complexity has become something that people don’t want to hear about and the inclination is now towards quick and dirty solutions. At the age of 80, Peter is leading a team of researchers in an effort to completely rethink how to make computers and networks secure, in a five-year project financed by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Read more here – http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/30/science/rethinking-the-computer-at-80.html?_r=0

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