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Recent cyber attacks have demonstrated that current approaches to the malware problem (e.g., detection) are inadequate. This is not surprising as malware detection is Turing undecidable. Further, some recent malware implementations use nondeterministic polynomial time hard (NP-hard) problems to encrypt and camouflage the malicious software (malware). The problem is so insidious that the standard security mechanisms such as passwords, biometrics and current cryptography do not ensure protection.
Why are digital computers extremely vulnerable to malware? Current computers rely on operating systems that execute on a von Neumann machine architecture. From a mathematical perspective, these machines execute computational steps that are topologically disconnected. This mathematical property creates hijacking opportunities for malware. From a computer science perspective, the sequential execution of instructions – “one at a time” – make current digital computers vulnerable to hijacking. Dr. Fiske will discuss his invention, the Active Element Machine (AEM).
This inaugral colloquia on February 26, 2013 at the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School, honors scientist, mathematician, information theorist, electrical engineer, innovator, and educator, Dr. John McReynolds Wozencraft and celebrates his legacy at the U. S. Military Academy, the Army Signal Corps, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Lincoln Laboratory, and the Naval Postgraduate School. Dr. Wozencraft was recruited by NPS Academic Dean Dr. Milton U. Clauser (Director MIT Lincoln Laboratory January 1967 to June 1970) to be Dean of Research 1972 to 1974 while on sabbatical from MIT. He joined the NPS faculty in 1977 and was the first Chairman of a new academic group to implement a new interdisciplinary graduate education program from the Secretary of Defense called Command, Control, and Communications (C3) – predecessor to the NPS Joint C4I program and Cyber Academic Group established in 2012.