Kaarthik Sivakumar

Short CV:
Kaarthik Sivakumar is a Principal Engineer at Cisco Systems, working on software for enterprise products. He has worked at Cisco for more than 12 years, spanning the areas of routing and forwarding, distributed systems, broadband gateways, optical networks, and secure and trustworthy systems. He spends his time working on trustworthy systems for enterprise platforms, as well as mentoring and training young engineers. Kaarthik holds 2 patents and has published blogs on the security technologies in Cisco’s Service Provider products.

Kaarthik has also given a talk at ACM India’s Chennai Chapter on the topic of Security and Trust. Prior to Cisco, Kaarthik worked at Torrent Networking Technologies (Ericsson IPI), Clovis Solutions and Tellabs ADP (nee Vivace Networks).

Published blogs:
https://blogs.cisco.com/sp/cisco-trusted-platforms
https://blogs.cisco.com/sp/trust-in-ios-xr

Title of Talk 1: Security and Trust
Synopsis: Absolute security is a myth. You can always strive for it, but nobody will ever get there. Any time a new security mechanism is added, a new way to break it is not very far behind. Ask yourself how well “security'” has worked in the industry so far. You have to assume that your device, your network and your data has already been breached or will be soon. In the security world, this is the best position to take.

In such a scenario, what you need is the ability to establish, measure, validate and report on Integrity and Trust. How do you build a model and create methods to establish trust in a device and, by extension, your entire network? Can you trust that your device, and your network, have not been tampered with and how do you detect when it has been?

In this talk we will look at some recent attacks, what we can do to make it harder for the attackers, and ways to establish Trust in and verify Integrity of a device and the network. We will also look at specific technologies that can be used to practically measure and report on trust status.

Qualifications: Master of Science (Computer Science), University of Delaware; BE (Hons), BITS Pilani

Title: Principal Engineer

Affiliation: Cisco Inc.

Contact Details: kasivaku@cisco.com