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February 17, 2010

Speaker: Dr. Khalil A. Abuosba, Researcher, Ontario Tech University (Ontario Tech).

Title: Operational Trust Management: Defusing Intrusion Capabilities by Collaborative Anomalous Trust Management 

Abstract: From a computer security prospective, services provided by distributed information systems may be organized based on their security attributes goals and requirements; these processes and services are categorized as anonymous, registered, encrypted and trusted. In this research, we propose a solution for operational trust assurance problems where vulnerabilities reduction is implicitly observed. Collaborative Anomalous Trust Management (CATM) is a methodology that may be utilized for the purpose of affirming trust between communications endpoints. In conjunction with Trusted Computing Base, Zero Knowledge Protocol, and Layered Trust, CATM is defined. CATM builds its trust credentials based on computing environment variables. Ideally this methodology is suited for Service Oriented Architectures such as web services where service providers and consumers interact at different levels of security requirements. This methodology is best optimized for use as a risk management utility. In this approach vulnerabilities are implicitly reduced, hence intrusion capabilities are defused. This seminar is geared towards sharing ideas and future directions of the research. 

Biography: Khalil A. Abuosba, formerly assistant professor at Philadelphia University (Jordan), is a teaching assistant and a researcher at Ontario Tech University (Ontario Tech). His research interests include distributed systems architectures, operating systems security, operational trust management, and e-management. His credentials are a PhD in Computer Information Systems (Faculty of Information Systems and Technology at the Arab Academy for Banking and Financial Sciences, Jordan), a MSc in Computer Science (Jackson State University, USA), a BSc in Industrial Engineering (Electronics Engineering Technology, Jackson State University, USA). Dr. Abuosba has published several research papers in major IEEE conferences and technical magazines.