Director, Verisign Labs
As the Director of Verisign Labs, Allison Mankin is responsible for the company’s applied research programs. These include applied research on the DNS ecosystem and related areas, university collaborations, research and industry fora activities, and the yearly Verisign Labs graduate internship program.
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AV-Meter: A Methodical Evaluation of Malware Scans and Labeling
Verisign Labs conducted experimental studies of the performance of antivirus (AV) scans in labeling malware samples, as well as how consistent they are with each other. This results of the project include an invitation to the community to challenge assumptions about relying on AV scans and labels as a ground truth for malware analysis and classification.
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University of Fribourg Department of Informatics is working with Verisign researchers in Switzerland to explore research topics in a variety of domain naming and analysis topics.
UCLA's Computer Science Department is a center for computer science research, covering such diverse areas as artificial intelligence; architecture; computational biology; information and data management; networks; software systems, theory; and vision and graphic.
Distinguished Speaker Series
Every quarter we bring together members of the technical community to network and listen to others talk about issues related to Internet technology.
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DNS Outages: The Challenges of Operating Critical Infrastructure
Recent attacks targeting enterprise websites have created greater awareness around how critical DNS is for the reliability of Internet services and the potentially catastrophic impact of a DNS outage. The DNS, made up of a complex system of root and lower level name servers, translates user-friendly domain names to numerical IP addresses. With few exceptions, DNS lives in a grey area between IT and network operations. With the increasing occurrences of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, advanced persistent threats (APTs) and exploitation of user errors through techniques such as typosquatting and phishing, enterprises can no longer take a passive role in managing their DNS Internet infrastructure.
Keynote Speaker for Name Collisions Workshop: Bruce Schneier
There may still be a few security practitioners working in the field who didn’t have a copy of Bruce Schneier’s Applied Cryptography on their bookshelf the day they started their careers. Bruce’s practical guide to cryptographic algorithms, key management techniques and security protocols, first published in 1993, was a landmark volume for the newly emerging field, and has been a reference to developers ever since.