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May 2013 / Volume 15 / No. 4

Marcus Ranum: Q&A with clean-slate pioneer Peter G. Neumann

Peter G. Neumann Marcus Ranum caught with up with security pioneer Peter G. Neumann, Ph.D., who at age 80, is still a thought leader in the industry, and the moderator of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Risks Forum. The principal scientist in SRI International’s Computer Science Lab, where he has worked for 41 years, Neumann is heading up research on computer system security platforms with security researcher, Robert N. Watson of Cambridge University’s Computer Laboratory, based on the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Clean-slate design. In the 1960s at Bell Labs, Neumann worked on the Multiplexed Information and Computing Service (Multics), a mainframe operating system, developed in conjunction with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and General Electric, which served as a “timesharing utility” for numerous sites and academic institutions. Multics was the first operating system to use rings of protection or privilege levels to control access.  Marcus Ranum: Peter, I've been a fan of...

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