Dan Kaufman on Cybersecurity. Old computers, Fortran IV was great. C Pascal

Dear Professor Kaufman,

My UK email may go offline for a few hours as I move it from London to Los Angeles. My other 20 email addresses probably still workok.

Another pet peeve: computers were better before windows. I like the old command line. Apple got big on windows since 1983, Microsoft since 1995. Much harder touse or program. Sloppy, slow.

I like the old green screens. Blue light interferes with sleep. I like old Fortran IVpopular around 1970.
Turbo Pascal 1983 was great too.
I still use 1970s plain old C.

I liked the computers and internet of decades past. Modern computers are as bad as modern food. I am usingthem less and less and am tempted to go offline forever. Working on building my own secure Linux computer.

Computers are so complicated now there is no real securityonlineas noted by Dan Kaufman, Director, Information Innovation Office, DARPA DOD.


LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.—The ubiquity of a handful of computer programs, such as Microsoft Corp. ’s Word or Apple Inc. ’s OSX operating system, is endangering us all, a Defense Department official said Tuesday at The Wall Street Journal’s WSJD Live Global Technology Conference.

Dan Kaufman, head of innovation at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, said the widespread use of such programs gives hackers an easy way to target scores of people with one security hole.

“Cybersecurity today is just fundamentally broken,” Mr. Kaufman said, “deeply and fundamentally broken.”

Hackers find their way into machines—both classified networks and retailers—by searching for unnoticed flaws in the software these networks use. After an initial incident, it can take weeks or years for other companies to patch their systems to prevent a similar incident using the software hole exploited in the original attack.

That gives hackers a big window to reuse the same cyberweapon.

The Defense Department official was joined on stage by Kevin Mandia, chief operating officer at FireEye Inc., which on Tuesday released a detailed report on a Russian cyberspying campaign that has relied on the same set of tools since 2007.


Mr. Dan Kaufman is the Director of the Information Innovation Office. In this position he is responsible for identifying and creating promising new information technologies and developing DARPA programs to exploit these advances for the benefit of the DoD. Mr. Kaufman staffs the Office and works with I2O program managers to develop concepts and plans for new programs and to transition I2O research and development products to end users. Before being named Director of I2O, Mr. Dan Kaufman served as the DARPA Defense Science Office (DSO) Program Manager for the RealWorld Program, a computer system designed to allow soldiers to rapidly create their own mission rehearsal scenarios in geo-specific terrain over a scalable and fully distributed network.

Before joining DARPA/DSO, Mr. Kaufman worked for Auratio Consulting, where he handled a wide variety of deals with a number of investment bankers, venture capitalists and private companies. Prior to his consulting efforts, Mr. Kaufman worked for Kalisto Entertainment on general business operations and producing/designing the products Dark Earth, Nightmare Creatures and Ultim@te Race. Before Kalisto, Mr. Kaufman was Co-Chief Operating Officer at Dreamworks Interactive, a joint venture between Microsoft and Dreamworks SKG. Earlier in his career Mr. Kaufman was an attorney with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison (Palo Alto, CA), conducting transactions in the high technology industry ranging from semiconductor chips to biotechnology to software companies.

Mr. Kaufman co-authored an 800-page textbook entitled: Corporate Partnering: Structuring and Negotiating Domestic and International Strategic Alliances. He has lectured at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and U.C. Berkeley.


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