Kent Seamons

Professor of Computer Science, Brigham Young

How do you establish trust between between strangers on the Internet? Identity federation is one way to create a community of trust, but it relies on establishing the trust domains before the interaction. That doesn't work for many Internet transactions.

Phil Windley interviews Professor Kent Seamons to discuss some specific ways of solving this problem. Kent Seamons, of BYU's Internet Security Research Lab, his students, and colleagues have been looking into how to negotiate trust on-the-fly. Phil and Kent talk about what trust negotiation is and how it works, how it differs from PKI, how credentials can be hidden in a trust negotiation, and the applications of these techniques in some specific industry verticals.

Dr. Seamons is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Brigham Young University and is the Director of the Internet Security Research Lab. Prior to joining the faculty at BYU, Dr. Seamons was the Principal Investigator on several DARPA-sponsored research projects at the IBM Transarc Lab in Pittsburgh, PA. He was a co-inventor of two patent applications filed in 21 countries by IBM in the area of trust negotiation. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he conducted research in parallel I/O.

Phil Windley is the host of Technometria and publisher of the popular blog by the same name. Technometria is a word coined in the 17th century to describe the study of the theory of the interrelation of the arts and sciences. Phil's goal with the Technometria blog and these podcasts is to explore, analyze, and understand the technologies that form the basis for enterprise computing and Internet applications.

Phil is a professor in the Dept. of Computer Science at Brigham Young University where he teaches courses on digital identity, interoperability, web services, middleware, and programming languages. Phil is a frequent author and popular speaker on these topics. Prior to joining BYU, Phil spent two years as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Utah, serving on the Governor Mike Leavitt's Cabinet and as a member of his Senior Staff. Before entering public service, Phil was Vice President for Product Development and Operations at Excite@Home and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of iMALL, Inc. an early leader in electronic commerce.

This free podcast is from our Technometria with Phil Windley series.