The imperative for Operating System (OS) security in defense and commercial domains grows ever more demanding as the pressure mounts worldwide to defend critical infrastructures and networks against malicious cyber-attacks. I will talk about how General Dynamics' OS security is being used now and why it is seen as important. Then I'll talk a bit about where I see it going and why I think it will continue to be relevant.
Paul A. McNabb is a Senior Security Architect at General Dynamics C4 Systems with over 28 years of experience with UNIX software development and administration. He developed the architecture of the world's first third-generation trusted operating system, including the design, development, and testing of many secure UNIX products. In addition, he supervised the unprecedented ITSEC certification of his company’s security applications. He was a co-founder of Argus Systems Group and served as its Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer from 1993 to 2002.
McNabb previously served as Manager of Trusted Products for Addamax Corporation (1988-1993), where he was responsible for supporting the security evaluation of all trusted security products. From 1984 to 1985, he was the Director of Research Facilities for the Computer Science Department at Purdue University. He received an M.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University in 1984.
McNabb has participated in defining security issues and economic solutions for architectures ranging from ASP and ISP hosting environments to government and defense information systems. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and has over 25 years of direct experience in Internet/ARPAnet development and security. He is a frequent lecturer before industry and academic groups and has been a speaker at more than 50 security conferences and symposia in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.