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Internet Infrastructure Security Threats

About the series

Lecturer: Dr. Steve Crocker

What are the major security threats to the Internet infrastructure? I find it convenient to parse these into four categories:

  • Physical disruption of key transmission lines and switching centers
  • Disruption of the routing system
  • Disruption of the domain name system
  • Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks
In this talk, I'll focus primarily on the last two, DNS and DDoS attacks. In the DNS area, the long-awaited DNS security protocol, DNSSEC, is emerging from the design and standards process, and I'll lay out the steps, hurdles and issues related to deployment. In the DDoS area, I'll offer a possibly controversial course for gradually quelling the potential of future attacks by incentivizing stronger protection against zombies.

About the Lecturer:
Dr. Crocker is CEO and co-founder of Shinkuro, Inc., a start up company building tools for cooperation and collaboration across the Internet. He is on the board of the Internet Society and chair of ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee, and he is an advisor to a number of start up Internet companies.

Dr. Crocker has been involved in the Internet since its inception. In the late 1960's and early 1970's, while he was a graduate student at UCLA, he was part of the team that developed the protocols for the Arpanet and laid the foundation for today's Internet. He organized the Network Working Group, which was the forerunner of the modern Internet Engineering Task Force, initiated the Request for Comment (RFC) series of notes through which protocol designs are documented and shared, and laid the foundation for the open architectural structure of the Internet Protocols. For this work, Dr. Crocker was awarded the 2002 IEEE Internet Award. He remained active in the Internet standards work through the IETF and IAB and served as the first security area director on the Internet Engineering Steering Group from 1989 to 1994.

Dr. Crocker experience includes research management at DARPA, USC/ISI and The Aerospace Corporation, vice president of Trusted Information Systems, and co-founder of CyberCash, Inc. and Longitude Systems, Inc. Dr. Crocker earned his BA in math and PhD in computer science at UCLA, and he studied artificial intelligence at MIT.

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