Dr. Neumann, an 80-year-old computer scientist at SRI International, is leading an effort to redesign computers and software from a “clean slate” to make them more secure.
"[Dr. Neumann] is leading a team of researchers in an effort to completely rethink how to make computers and networks secure, in a five-year project financed by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa, with Robert N. Watson, a computer security researcher at Cambridge University’s Computer Laboratory.
'I’ve been tilting at the same windmills for basically 40 years,' said Dr. Neumann recently... 'And I get the impression that most of the folks who are responsible don’t want to hear about complexity. They are interested in quick and dirty solutions.'”