SCS Distinguished Lecture

  • Ron Rivest
  • Viterbi Professor of EECS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Whither information security?

What will the information security landscape look like in a decade orso? What emerging security issues will become increasingly prominent?What issues will go away?This talk attempts to assess the significant trends and problems ofthe field, as they appear in major applications. What will happen tovoting? Electronic payments? Individual privacy? Intellectualproperty? Will we be able to interact securely with a computation,storage, and communication infrastructure orders of magnitude largerand more pervasive than today's? What research problems need to besolved?The emphasis will be on topics in cryptography and system design,ending with security problems as they present themselves in theLaboratory for Computer Science's ``Oxygen'' effort.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brief Biography of Ronald L. Rivest----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ronald L. Rivest is the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor ofElectrical Engineering and Computer Science at the MassachusettsInstitute of Technology, a member of MIT's Laboratory for ComputerScience, and a founder of that lab's Cryptography and InformationSecurity research group. He received a B.A. in Mathematics from YaleUniversity in 1969, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from StanfordUniversity in 1974. He is a Fellow of the Association for ComputingMachinery and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and isalso a member of the National Academy of Engineering.Professor Rivest is an inventor of the RSA public-key cryptosystem,and a founder of RSA Data Security (now merged with Security Dynamicsand renamed as RSA Security). He has extensive experience incryptographic design and cryptanalysis, and has published numerouspapers in these areas. He has served a Director of the InternationalAssociation for Cryptologic Research, the organizing body for theEurocrypt and Crypto conferences, and as a Director of theInternational Financial Cryptography Association. Last year hereceived the 2000 IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and CommunicationsAward as well as the Secure Computing Lifetime Achievement Award.
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