Principal Scientist
SRI International

March 26, 2013
6:15PM reception
1705 Marriott Library, Faculty Center

7:00PM lecture
220 Skaggs Biology Research Building

A Personal History of Layered Trustworthiness

March 27, 2013
102 L WEB
3:20 PM refreshments
3:40 PM lecture

Clean-Slate Formally Motivated Hardware
and Software for Highly Trustworthy Systems


Peter G. Neumann ( has doctorates from Harvard and Darmstadt.After 10 years at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, in the 1960s, during which he was heavily involved in the Multics development jointly with MIT and Honeywell, he 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.

He 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 monthly from 1990 to 2007, tri-annually since then, chairs the ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy, and chairs the National Committee for Voting Integrity ( He created ACM SIGSOFT's Software Engineering Notes in 1976, was its editor for 19 years, and still contributes the RISKS section. He is on the editorial board of IEEE Security and Privacy. He has participated in four studies for the National Academies of Science: Multilevel Data Management Security (1982), Computers at Risk (1991), Cryptography's Role in Securing the Information Society (1996), and Improving Cybersecurity for the 21st Century: Rationalizing the Agenda (2007). His 1995 book, Computer-Related Risks, is still timely. He is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, and AAAS, and is also an SRI Fellow. 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. He is a member of the U.S. Government Accountability Office Executive Council on Information Management and Technology, and vestigially the California Office of Privacy Protection advisory council (although that group has been dormant due to the CA budget crunch). He co-founded People For Internet Responsibility (PFIR,

He has taught at Darmstadt (1959), Stanford (1964), U.C. Berkeley (1970-71), and the University of Maryland (1999). See his website ( for testimonies for the U.S. Senate and House and California state Senate and Legislature, papers, bibliography, further background, etc.

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