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Improving Technical Security 7 July 2014

Announcing the Internet Society Briefing Panel at IETF 90 – "Internet Security and Privacy: Ten Years Later"

Andrei Robachevsky
By Andrei RobachevskySenior Director, Technology Programmes

How have Internet security and privacy landscapes changed since the Internet’s inception? What challenges do we still need to address, and will we still be using the same building blocks (TLS, DNSSEC, etc.) ten years from now? If not, what’s next? These are the types of questions we’ll be asking our panelists at the IETF 90 Internet Society Briefing Panel on Tuesday, 22 July 2014, called “Internet Security and Privacy: Ten Years Later.

From the session abstract:

Many fundamental Internet protocols and architectural elements were designed for relatively closed and controlled networks and later used in a fairly trusted environment. Then came explosive Internet growth that changed its very nature – the Internet became a global, open communication medium to which anyone could connect and contribute.

At the same time, the Internet model was also changing. Concentration and centralization of certain functions at various Internet architecture layers created new types of vulnerabilities and, consequently, facilitated new threats such as pervasive monitoring. These vulnerabilities manifest themselves in different ways – for instance, in lack of diversity in implementations of critical security protocols, like TLS.

The number and nature of connected devices is also changing dramatically – sensors, controllers, appliances, etc., all communicating without human intervention.

The Internet continues to change and this evolution will continue. How will security and privacy challenges be addressed ten years from now? What are the missing building blocks that need to be developed? Will current approaches allow us to catch up or is a change of paradigm required?

How to Participate

Pre-registration is required for onsite participation and begins on Wednesday, 9 July 2014. Registration opens in two phases for global fairness: 09:00 UTC and 21:00 UTC.

We also plan to have a live webcast of the event (no registration required).

Watch IETF 90 page on our website for webcast information and the online registration link, and watch this Internet Technology Matters blog for more information on speakers and event details.

We hope you can join us!

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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