Software Systems

The road to trustworthy systems


Gernot Heiser, June Andronick, Kevin Elphinstone, Gerwin Klein, Ihor Kuz and Leonid Ryzhyk


Computer systems are routinely deployed in life- and mission- critical situations, yet their security, safety or dependability can in most cases not be assured to the degree warranted by the application. In other words, trusted computer systems are rarely really trustworthy.

We believe that this is highly unsatisfactory, and have embarked on a large research program aimed at bringing reality in line with expectations. In this paper we describe NICTA's research agenda for achieving true trustworthiness in systems. We report on what has been achieved to date, and what our plans are for the next 3-5 years.

BibTeX Entry

    author           = {Gernot Heiser and June Andronick and Kevin Elphinstone and Gerwin Klein and Ihor Kuz and Leonid
    year             = {2010},
    month            = {oct},
    title            = {The Road to Trustworthy Systems},
    booktitle        = {Proceedings of the 5th ACM Workshop on Scalable Trusted Computing (ACMSTC)},
    pages            = {3--9},
    address          = {Chicago, IL, USA}