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Q&A with Collin Jackson

September 21, 2009

CyLab Chronicles interviews new faculty member, Collin Jackson. Jackson is an assistant research professor with CyLab and the INI who is based at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley. In the interview he discusses his recent research on the security of browsers and Web applications.

Interview excerpt:

The availability of cheap web hosting and advertising has made it easier than ever for malicious servers to get introduced to victims, and the browser is largely what keeps those attackers at arms length. For example, a web site you visit shouldn't be able to make unauthorized changes to your computer or read your private data. There's a lot of engineering effort that goes into browsers to make sure that your local system is protected from web sites you visit, and that the blog site you're viewing in one tab isn't able to access the bank site you've got running in another tab.

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