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New England Database Society

Friday, May 14, 2010

sponsored by Sun Microsystems

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   The Challenge of Assuring Data Trustworthiness

 Elisa Bertino 
Purdue University

Friday, May 14, 2010, 4PM
Volen 101, Brandeis University

(preceded by a wine and cheese reception at 3:00 pm, and followed by dinner at 6:00 pm)


Today, more than ever, there is a critical need for organizations to share data within and across the organizations so that analysts and decision makers can analyze and mine the data, and make effective decisions. However, in order for analysts and decision makers to produce accurate analysis and make effective decisions and take actions, data must be trustworthy. Therefore, it is critical that data trustworthiness issues, which also include data quality, provenance and lineage, be investigated for organizational data sharing, situation assessment, multi-sensor data integration and numerous other functions to support decision makers and analysts. The problem of providing trustworthy data to users is an inherently difficult problem that requires articulated solutions combining different methods and techniques. In the talk we will first elaborate on the data trustworthiness  challenge and discuss a trust fabric framework to address this challenge. The framework is centered on the need of trustworthiness and risk management for decision makers and analysts and includes four key components: identity management, usage management, provenance management and attack management. We will then present an initial approach for assess the trustworthiness of streaming data and discuss open research directions.

Speaker's Bio:

Elisa Bertino is professor of computer science at Purdue University and Research Director of the Center for Information and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS). Prior to joining Purdue, she was a professor and department head at the Department of Computer Science and Communication of the University of Milan. She has been a visiting researcher at the IBM Research Laboratory (now Almaden) in San Jose, at the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation, at Rutgers University, at Telcordia Technologies. Her recent research focuses on database security, digital identity management, policy systems, and security for web services. She is a Fellow of ACM and of IEEE. She received the IEEE Computer Society 2002 Technical Achievement Award and the IEEE Computer Society 2005 Kanai Award. She a member of the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, and IEEE Security & Privacy. She is currently serving as chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control (ACM SIGSAC).

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