A Chat with Worm Hunter Richard Pethia

Software vendors need to do a better job protecting the Internet from viruses, intruders, and terrorists, says CERT's resident expert

After Richard D. Pethia gets off the phone, he's going fishing. It's a glorious fall day in Pittsburgh, where Pethia has worked for 13 years as director of the CERT Centers, a federally funded research-and-development center operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The 55-year-old Pethia and his team track and record computer- and network-security incidents. It's a high-stress job, and Pethia is looking forward to coming home with some striped bass.

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