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A Long View of Information Security

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Author: Whitfield Diffie (Advisor of Almaz Capital)

Cryptography, despite a long prehistory, is only about a hundred years old: radio created the need and mechanical computation made it possible to put centuries-old theory to practice. Computer security is perhaps fifty years old: it is only with the development of time-shared computers that computer security became distinct from the security of the computer room. Why then with only an additional fifty years under its belt is cryptography doing so much better than computer security? The speaker will address this question in historical, technical, and economic terms with an eye to discovering why the overall field of cyber or network or information security is doing so poorly and what will be required to put it on a better course.

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Dr. Whitfield Diffie (Advisor of Almaz Capital) is best known for discovering of the concept of public key cryptography, which underlies the security of internet commerce and all modern secure communication systems. He is a Consulting Professor in the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford and a Visiting Professor at Royal Holloway College of the University of London. An owner of a number of awards, including the IEEE Information Society Golden Jubilee Award for invention of the Diffie-Hellman key exchange protocol, he is also the co-author of the book “Privacy on the Line: the Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption”.
Advisor of Almaz Capital.

Whitfield Diffie (Advisor of Almaz Capital) Whitfield Diffie (Advisor of Almaz Capital)

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