Khosla and Ganger Take a Byte out of Computer Crime


August 6, 2001

Pradeep Khosla, ECE Department Head and Philip and Marsha Dowd Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Robotics, was featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for his expertise on computer system security as computers heal from the recent Code Red virus. Khosla, Assistant Professor of ECE Greg Ganger, and Jeannette Wing, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Computer Science, are studying methods to prevent denial-of-service viruses from causing harm. The project is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense.

"There will never be 100 percent security. This is not one problem but a continuous problem," said Khosla, adding, "the only way to combat it is to keep working at it."

"The techniques might change, but the problem is the same -- securing our information environment," Khosla said.

The PASIS project is one part of Khosla and Ganger's research agenda in the security space, focusing on preventing people from breaking the storage infrastructure.

Could today's computer viruses be the work of international terrorists or organized crime figures? Both Khosla and Jeffrey Hunker, the dean of Carnegie Mellon's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management think so.

Take a Bite Out of Crime is a registered mark of the National Crime Prevention Council.