Rethinking the Computer Evergreen Newstory

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An evergreen news story for the news show CPTV about rethinking computer designs.

Submitted: March 12, 2013

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Submitted: March 12, 2013



The future of war may not be what you expect. It’s not about guns and killing people, it’s about viruses and “cyber-Pearl Harbor” attacks. Current computer operating systems have major security flaws that could lead to disastrous consequences. Peter Neumann (NOY-man), a leading computer scientist at Stanford Research Institute, believes that computers need to be completely redesigned to prevent cyber-terrorism. In current computer designs, security is an afterthought. 80% of all computers use the same operating system, making them vulnerable to cyber-attacks. However, most computer designers resist the need to start over, and want quick solutions. Dr. Neumann argues there are no quick solutions, just Band-Aids that won’t solve the problems. Cyber warfare is such a great threat to global security that the Pentagon is now financing a 5-year project called Clean Slate, whose mission is to redesign computers to be more like biological immune systems. These systems detect and attack their intruders. Dr. Neumann believes that while the computer industry is transitioning from desktop to mobile devices, it’s the perfect time to rethink computer design.

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