CERIAS Security Seminar: Fearless Computing

The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security
November 11, 2020
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM


Abhilasha Bhargav-Spantzel
Intel Corporation

Abstract: “Wouldn’t it be great if we could download anything, explore anything and build anything without the annoying feeling that you are going to get hacked?”  This was a question from my kids, who are currently in elementary school. Have you experienced similar questions from kids and adults alike? Computing is becoming such an integral part of our lives, wouldn’t it be great to use compute resources fully for all aspects of our lives. This includes work, education, healthcare and finance; be creative and innovate without the constant fear of backlash? This is what we mean by fearless computing: where we investigate how the very design of compute has security and privacy features built into the design of the platform. We will also explore how through education and awareness we can help nurture the freedom of thought and innovation to not only protect ourselves but create a cyber talent that builds the next generation systems and solutions. Join us for a discussion on the technology and solutions that helps us work towards our vision for fearless computing.

About: Abhilasha Bhargav-Spantzel is a Principal Engineer at Intel, focusing on hardware-based security product architecture. She has 15+ years of experience in security and privacy. She completed her doctorate from Purdue University, which focused on identity and privacy protection using cryptography and biometrics. Abhilasha drives thought leadership and the future evolution of cybersecurity platforms through innovation, architecture, and education. She has given numerous talks at conferences and universities as part of distinguished lecture series and workshops. She has written 5 book chapters and 30+ ACM and IEEE articles and has 25+ patents. Abhilasha leads multiple D&I and actively drives the retention and development of women in technology. She is passionate about STEM K-12 cybersecurity education initiatives, as well as co-organizes regular camps and workshops for the same.

The weekly security seminar has been held every semester since spring of 1992. We invite personnel at Purdue and visitors from outside to present on topics of particular interest to them in the areas of computer and network security, computer crime investigation, information warfare, information ethics, public policy for computing and security, the computing "underground," and other related topics. More info

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