Is there any hope for Web Security?

Mr. Charlie Kaufman, IBM

Web security is a deep and complex topic. Different people mean very different things by it. This talk looks at some very simple and common applications - buying something using a credit card and accessing a brokerage account using a web browser. It will discuss all the things that could go wrong and what we as a community would have to do to make it even as safe as doing the same operations over the phone. It considers what individuals and application designers can do today to better protect themselves and whether developments on the horizon offer any hope of improving the situation.

Charlie Kaufman is a Distinguished Engineer at IBM, where he is Chief Security Architect for Lotus Notes and Domino, as well as working within IBM in other security-related areas. He is co-author of the book "Network Security: Private Communication in a Public World" published by Prentice Hall and served on the National Academy of Sciences expert panel that wrote the book "Trust In Cyberspace". He currently serves on the IAB, the architecture board of the IETF. Within IETF he has contributed to a number of efforts, including chairing the Web Transaction Security working group. He is currently the editor of the new Internet Key Exchange protocol document for IP Security Protocol Working Group (Ipsec). He holds over 25 patents in the fields of computer security and computer networking.

This meeting is sponsored by the Greater Boston Chapter of the ACM (GBC/ACM) and is co-sponsored by the Boston Chapter of the IEEE Computer Society.  The meeting is scheduled for 7:00 PM, Thursday 27

February 2003 at the IBM Solution Partnership Center and is free and open to the public.  No pre-registration is required.  A no-host dinner follows.  For more information, contact Archie Blondin at 617-856-1909 or  

Directions:  The IBM Solution Partnership Center is located at 404 Wyman Street, Waltham. There is free parking in the garage at the north end of the building. To reach the meeting room, walk out the front of the garage and around to your right to the front door of the building. Directions to the room will be available when you sign in at the front desk.  A link to a map providing direction to the building can be found at: