[LINK] Records Retention: Addressing Insider Threats to Data Integrity

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Fri Mar 11 08:38:56 AEDT 2011

Professor Marianne Winslett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
and Advanced Digital Sciences Center, Singapore will speak on "Records
Retention: Addressing Insider Threats to Data Integrity" at University
of Sydney 15 March and the Australian National University in Canberra,
16 March 2011:

ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

Title: *Records Retention: Addressing Insider Threats to Data Integrity*

Venue: CSIT Building, N101 seminar room:

Time: 10:30-12
Date: Wednesday 16 March 2011

Marianne Winslett
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and
Advanced Digital Sciences Center, Singapore


Inaccurate financial statements from major companies, dead people who
still vote in elections, world-class gymnasts with uncertain birth
dates: insiders often have the power and ability to make inappropriate
changes to the content of electronic records. As electronic records
replace paper records, it becomes easy to make such alterations without
leaving behind evidence that can be used to detect the changes and
determine who made them. The US Sarbanes-Oxley Act is perhaps the most
(in)famous law that addresse are these problems, but it is just one of
many regulations that require long-term high-integrity retention of
electronic records, all with the goal of ensuring that societal trust in
business and government at reasonable cost.

In this talk, we will discuss some of the technical challenges posed by
the need for "tamper-proof" retention of records. We will describe how
industry has responded to these challenges, the security weaknesses in
current product offerings, and the role that researchers and government
can play in addressing these weaknesses. We will give an overview of
research progress to date and describe the major open research problems
in this area.


Marianne Winslett has been a professor in the Department of Computer
Science at the University of Illinois since 1987. She is an ACM Fellow
and the recipient of a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the US
National Science Foundation. She is the former vice-chair of ACM SIGMOD
and has served on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on the Web,
ACM Transactions on Database Systems, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and
Data Engineering, ACM Transactions on Information and Systems Security,
and the Very Large Data Bases Journal. She has received two best paper
awards for research on managing regulatory compliance data (VLDB, SSS),
one best paper award for research on analyzing browser extensions to
detect security vulnerabilities (Usenix Security), and one for keyword
search (ICDE). Her PhD is from Stanford University.

For Sydney talk details see:

I have suggested my e-records students attend:

Tom Worthington FACS CP HLM, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617, Australia  http://www.tomw.net.au
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Computer Science, The
Australian National University http://cs.anu.edu.au/courses/COMP7310/
Visiting Scientist, CSIRO ICT Centre: http://bit.ly/csiro_ict_canberra

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