CyberSecurity – Serving Society Badly

Anita K. Jones
University Professor, University of Virginia

2256th Meeting Abstract
Friday, September 11, 2009 at 8:15 PM

Anita K. Jones


During the latter half of the 20th century, society has come to depend upon a new infrastructure – the cyber, or information, infrastructure. It underpins many processes and activities that are essential to civilized society. The security of today’s cyber infrastructure is weak. Not only are there concerns about privacy and identity theft, but it is not typically possible to “attribute” a cyber attack of one nation state on another, that is to determine the identity of the attacker with assurance. This talk will characterize the weaknesses in the security of our cyber infrastructure, and consider options for improvement.

About the Author:

Anita K. Jones is a University Professor in the University of Virginia and a Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. She previously served as chair of the Department of Computer Science.

She had served as the Director of Defense Research and Engineering of the Department of Defense, with responsibility for management of the science and technology program. This included responsibility for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, oversight of the DoD laboratories, as well as being the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for scientific and technical matters. She also served as vice-chair of the National Science Board, which advises the President on science, engineering, and education and oversees the National Science Foundation.

She is a member of the Defense Science Board, the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Corporation, and the MIT Corporation Executive Committee. She has co-chaired the Commonwealth of Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission. She has served on government advisory boards and scientific panels for NASA, the National Academies, the Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation.

She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has received the Computing Research Association's Service Award, the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Department of Defense Award for Distinguished Public Service, and the IEEE Founders Award. The U.S. Navy named a seamount in the North Pacific Ocean for her. She has published more than 45 technical articles and two books in the area of computer software and systems, cyber-security, and science and technology policy.

She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Science Applications International Corporation, BBN Technologies, and In-Q-Tel. Other private sector experience includes serving as a founder and Vice President of Tartan Laboratories, trustee of the MITRE Corporation, and a member of various academic and industrial advisory boards, including the MIT Lincoln Laboratories Advisory Board.

She holds an A.B. from Rice University in mathematics, an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in literature, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. Duke University, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Southern California have awarded her Honorary Doctorates.

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