Microsoft Convenes Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board
Feb. 20, 2003
Experts Gather to Discuss the Company's Efforts To Increase Security, Privacy, Reliability and Business Integrity

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 20, 2003 — Microsoft Corp. and leading academic security and privacy research scientists from around the world today gathered for the first meeting of the company's Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board. The board was formed to advise the company on security, privacy and reliability enhancements in Microsoft® products and technologies, so that Microsoft can obtain critical feedback on product and policy issues related to its Trustworthy Computing initiative.

"Achieving trustworthy computing will take many years and require thoughtful and sustained collaboration between the industry and academic communities," said Scott Charney, chief security strategist at Microsoft. "By formalizing the process of engaging with these distinguished experts, we are better able to benefit from their collective wisdom."

"The Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board is a remarkably timely and pertinent initiative," said Neeraj Suri, professor at Technische Universitt Darmstadt, Germany. "Trust in the e-world is not an option anymore. It behooves us socially, economically and scientifically to ensure that trust in a system becomes a foundational premise. This forum for academics to critically relate, analyze and critique such concepts is a unique opportunity."

The board is composed of 19 leading research scientists and privacy policy experts, each with a significant track record in his or her field of expertise:

  • Martn Abadi, University of California, Santa Cruz

  • Elisa Bertino, University of Milan, Italy

  • Fred Cate, Indiana University School of Law

  • Dawson Engler, Stanford University

  • Virgil Gligor, University of Maryland

  • Richard Kemmerer, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Chris Mitchell, Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Greg Morrisett, Cornell University

  • Deirdre Mulligan, Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic, University of California, Berkeley

  • David Patterson, University of California, Berkeley

  • Fred Schneider, Cornell University

  • Paul Schwartz, Brooklyn Law School

  • Eugene Spafford, Purdue University

  • Neeraj Suri, TU Darmstadt

  • Peter Swire, Ohio State University

  • Vijay Varadharajan, Macquarie University, Australia

  • Eugene Volokh, UCLA School of Law

  • James Whittaker, Florida Institute of Technology

  • Jeannette Wing, Carnegie Mellon University

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