Human Trust vs. Cyber Trust

09/22/11
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Brian Snow

Recognized mathematician and computer scientist Brian Snow’s early work spans from teaching mathematics and laying the groundwork for a computer science department at Ohio University in the 1960’s, to working as a cryptologic designer and architect at the National Security Agency (NSA) in the 1970s. In the 1980s, he helped create and manage NSA’s Secure Systems Design division, contributing to nuclear command and control systems and developing tactical radios for the battlefield. Several patents, awards, and honors attest to his creativity.

Between two humans, trust is based on personal interactions, with the ability to revoke said trust, and not necessarily with the subsumed trust of third parties. But in exchange for convenience, we have given up much of that personal trust in exchange for cyber trust, where computers decide who is trustworthy or not. How can we protect ourselves from a dubious party abusing a trust we never explicitly gave?
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