InfoSec Seminar: Avoiding pseudoscience: prudence, logic, and verification in studying information security

Speaker: Jonathan Spring

Date/Time: 28-Jan-2016, 16:00 UTC

Venue: Roberts 110



Pseudoscience is a (pejorative) term for some pursuit that is judged not to be science but whose participants lay claim to the respectability of science regardless.
In this talk I'll discuss how we might judge whether some pursuit is (pseudo)science and how we might verify whether some sample work in information security passes this judgement.
The result is a rough framework for improving work in computer science work such as program verification and information security.


Jonathan Spring is a PhD student at UCL in PPLV and Infosec. He has about 5 years experience with the CERT program at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute, where he has studied network and DNS analysis and threat intelligence. He also has experience as a research fellow with ICANN's SSAC and an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh.



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