With the advent of the Internet of Things and ubiquitous computing, our lives are increasingly dependent on computer software and hardware. We depend on computer systems of various types for financial services, healthcare, transportation, voting and virtually every aspect of our daily lives. These systems are vulnerable to attack and most important, adversaries do not need physical access to subvert these systems. How can we architect these systems so they protect user identities, provide integrity of services, and privacy and/or anonymity to users? Given extant systems with numerous vulnerabilities, how can users protect themselves using defensive technologies?
Srini Devadas is the Webster Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he has been on the faculty since 1988. He served as Associate Head of EECS from 2005 to 2011. Devadas’s research interests span Computer-Aided Design (CAD), computer security and computer architecture. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and ACM. He has received a 2014 IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement award, the 2015 ACM/IEEE Richard Newton technical impact award, and the 2017 IEEE Wallace McDowell award for his research. Devadas is a MacVicar Faculty Fellow and an Everett Moore Baker teaching award recipient, considered MIT’s two highest undergraduate teaching honors.