CERIAS Security Seminar: Lessons Learned – Fifty Years of Mistakes in Cybersecurity

The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security
February 3, 2021
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM


Steve Lipner


Over fifty years, I’ve led a lot of security projects that I thought would change the world. Many of them crashed and burned at great cost in money and reputation. There were some common threads including reliance on government claims about the market and on minimal secure systems built from scratch. This talk will describe some failures, some lessons learned the hard way, and how they paid off.


Steve Lipner is the executive director ofSAFECode, a nonprofit focused on software assurance. He was the creator of theWindows Security Push and the creator and long-time leader of the MicrosoftSecurity Development Lifecycle (SDL). Steve has more than a half century ofexperience in computer and network security as a researcher, engineer, anddevelopment manager, He is chair of the United States Government’s InformationSecurity and Privacy Advisory Board, and a member of the National Academy ofEngineering and the National Cybersecurity Hall of Fame.

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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