E-Voting and Cracking RFID Security Featured in Packed Lineup at 14th USENIX Security Symposium

Jul 14, 2005, 01:00 ET from USENIX Association

    BALTIMORE, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Is electronic voting here to stay?
 E-voting security expert Avi Rubin, renowned for his landmark research in
 uncovering e-voting security flaws, examines the current state of security
 issues surrounding e-voting and voting procedures at the 14th Annual USENIX
 Security Symposium, http://www.usenix.org/sec05 , July 31-August 5, in
     Rubin of Johns Hopkins University, who catapulted the e-voting debate into
 the national spotlight, will examine today's e-voting standards and practices
 in various states as well as the improvements that have been implemented since
 his revealing analysis nearly two years ago.
     "When you go to a system that is fully electronic, everyone understands
 the convenience and benefits, but not the risks," Rubin said. "The message is
 getting out that using electronic voting without paper requirements has
 associated risks that are not worth taking."
     The 14th USENIX Security Symposium offers three days of expert training
 followed by three days of the latest research, insightful talks, and refereed
 papers that encompass the newest advances in computer systems security.
 Security '05 delivers 22 refereed papers, including an analysis of the success
 in defeating the security of a cryptographically-enabled RFID device,
 detailing how security is breached in a Digital Signature Transponder, a
 device used to secure millions of toll payment transponders and automobile
 ignition keys.
     The USENIX Security Symposium's technical program kicks off with a keynote
 by Butler W. Lampson of Microsoft and MIT on "Computer Security in the Real
 World," a talk that examines why almost all of the systems in service today
 are vulnerable to attack and outlines the steps that need to be taken to
 improve computer security. Homeland security is the focus of a session that
 explores initiatives where networking, security and policy come together in
 interesting ways as the DHS works with critical infrastructure providers to
 secure the nation's infrastructure.
     Security '05 offers its acclaimed in-depth training by industry experts
 covering topics ranging from network security monitoring with open source
 tools, organizing a cybersecurity exercise, defending Linux/UNIX systems, and
 software security.
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