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Parno, McCune and Perrig Author Book on Bootstrapping Trust in Modern Computing

posted by Richard Power
October 16, 2011

Trustworthy Computing Platforms and Devices is one of CyLab's main research areas, others include next-generation secure networks and available networks, security of cyber-physical devices, privacy protection, etc. CyLab's accomplishments in trustworthy computing research are particularly compelling: e.g., the publishing of many papers, such as Bryan Parno's ACM award-winning graduate thesis on Trust Extension as a Mechanism for Secure Code Execution on Commodity Computers, as well as the release of tools such as Flicker, and leadership in hosting and organizing related conferences such as Trusted Infrastructure Workshop (TIW) and TRUST.

Springer's publication of Bootstrapping Trust in Modern Computers, a new book co-authored by Bryan Parno, Jonathan McCune and Adrian Perrig marks another milestone for this bold program. All three of the co-authors have been deeply immersed in CyLab's work on Trustworthy Computing.

In the book's introduction, Parno, McCune and Perrig articulate their approach to real-world trustworthy computing in the 21st Century.

"While the design and validation of secure software is an interesting study in its own right, we focus this book on a survey of existing techniques for bootstrapping trust in commodity computers, specifically by conveying information about a computer’s current execution environment to an interested party. This would, for example, enable a user to verify that her computer is free of malware, or that a remote web server will handle her data responsibly." 

As mentioned, Parno's Carnegie Mellon University graduate thesis, Trust Extension as a Mechanism for Secure Code Execution on Commodity Computers, won an award; but not just another award, the prestigious 2010 Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). (The book, Bootstrapping Trust in Modern Computers, expands on the ideas articulated in Parno's thesis.) After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, Parno joined the Security and Privacy Group at Microsoft Research.

Dr. Jonathan McCune is a Research Systems Scientist for CyLab at Carnegie Mellon. Like Parno, he earned his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. In recent years, among numerous other vital projects, McCune developed Flicker, and has led CyLab's participation in the organizing and hosting of both the TIW and TRUST conferences. He was also a recipient of the A.G. Jordan thesis award. 

Dr. Adrian Perrig is CyLab's Technical Director, and an eminent voice in the academic research into cyber security and privacy. He is well-known for the development of Perspectives, among numerous other accomplishments. Perrig was a recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2004, as well as IBM faculty fellowships in 2004 and 2005, and the Sloan research fellowship in 2006. Currently, he is leading CyLab's Scalability, Control, and Isolation On Next-Generation Networks (SCION) project, which seeks to design security for the next-generation Internet. 

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