CS Colloquium (BMAC)


siegel ISTeC Distinguished Lecture in conjunction with the Computer Science Department and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Seminar Series
IoT and Trust (25 Issues and Counting Up)

Speaker: Jeffrey M. Voas, Computer Scientist, Secure Systems and Applications Group, NIST

2:00PM ~ 3:00PM

Where: Behavioral Sciences Building Room 103

Contact: Sudipto Ghosh (

Abstract:This talk discusses the underlying and foundational science of IoT and gives the audience a general understanding of what IoT is. In this work, five core primitives belonging to most distributed systems are presented. These primitives form the basic building blocks for a Network of ‘Things’ (NoT) [NIST SP 800 183], including the Internet of Things (IoT). System primitives allow formalisms, reasoning, simulations, and reliability and security risk-tradeoffs to be formulated and argued. These primitives apply well to systems with large amounts of data, scalability concerns, heterogeneity concerns, temporal concerns, and elements of unknown pedigree with possible nefarious intent. The talk ends by suggesting 25 trust issues, that involve everything from 3rd party certification of 3rd party black-box services and products, to defective ‘things’, and to deliberate intentions to slow the flow of data in a IoT-based system.

Bio:Jeffrey Voas is an innovator. He is currently a computer scientist at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Before joining NIST, Voas was an entrepreneur and co-founded Cigital that is now part of Synopsys (Nasdaq: SNPS). He has served as the IEEE Reliability Society President (2003-2005, 2009-2010, 2017-2018), and served as an IEEE Director (2011-2012). Voas co-authored two John Wiley books (Software Assessment: Reliability, Safety, and Testability [1995] and Software Fault Injection: Inoculating Software Against Errors [1998]. Voas received his undergraduate degree in computer engineering from Tulane University (1985), and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the College of William and Mary (1986, 1990 respectively). Voas is a Fellow of the IEEE, member of Eta Kappa Nu, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and member of the Washington Academy of Sciences (WAS).