PRACTITIONER TRACK | Oct. 11 • 1:15 pm • Room 14–15

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Panel: Current Issues in Cryptography

Moderator: Ed Giorgio, Founder and President, Bridgery Technologies

  • Rainer Steinwandt, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Florida Atlantic University
  • Jean-François Biasse, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of South Florida
  • Margaret Salter, Director Security and Cryptography Innovation, RBC

Cryptography has always been the cornerstone of computer security, but the explosion of new applications in recent years has brought new opportunities and new challenges. From blockchain, digital currency, and post-quantum cryptography to more nefarious uses such as ransomware and dark web applications, cryptography is evolving rapidly. At the same time, progress with privacy and law enforcement access remains in a quagmire. Led by one of the world’s leading cryptographers, this panel of experts will examine the emerging issues stemming from this cryptologic renaissance.

About the Panelists

Moderator Ed Giorgio is the Founder and President of Bridgery Technologies and was the Co-founder and CEO of Ponte Technologies, a security and technology company that was recently acquired by KEYW Corporation. He was formerly a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he spent ten years working on information security and enterprise resilience issues for a variety of commercial clients and federal agencies. Mr. Giorgio has nearly thirty years of security experience with the National Security Agency (NSA), where he pioneered developments in communications security, national intelligence policy and technology, and public key cryptography. Mr. Giorgio is the only person to have served as both Chief U.S. Codemaker and, subsequently, as Chief U.S. Codebreaker at NSA, where he directly managed 1,600 mathematicians and computer scientists. As a mathematician, he designed and delivered the first public-key-based e-mail privacy and authentication system on the worldwide intelligence network. Mr. Giorgio is considered a leading authority on cryptography and holds numerous patents in the field. His research interests include cryptography and data science, where the latter are focused on hidden Markov models, machine learning, Bloom filters, Internet metadata graphs, and predictive analytics.

Dr. Jean-François Biasse, Asssistant Professor of Mathematics & Statistics at the University of South Florida, graduated from the École Normale Superieure and the École Polytechnique in Paris with degrees in mathematics, computer science and engineering. Prior to joining USF, he was a cryptography expert with the French Ministry of Defense and a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo (Ontario).

Dr. Rainer Steinwandt serves as Chair of Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Mathematical Sciences and as Director of FAU’s Center for Cryptology and Information Security. Before joining FAU in 2005, he was with the Univ. of Karlsruhe in Germany, where he completed his MS and PhD degrees in computer science in 1998 and 2000, respectively, researching topics in computer algebra. Today, his research focus is in cryptology, including quantum cryptanalysis and quantum-safe cryptography. He is a managing editor of de Gruyter’s J. of Mathematical Cryptology, and his research has been funded through the Air Force Research Laboratory, the German Federal Office for Information Security, the National Science Foundation, and the NATO Science for Peace and Security program.

Margaret Salter spent 34 years at the National Security Agency (NSA), culminating in her position as the Technical Director for an information assurance organization consisting of over 400 computer scientists, mathematicians and engineers. She led the strategic revolution within NSA to use commercial solutions for the protection of classified data. She was a pioneer in research and eventual adoption of elliptic curve cryptography for the US government. After spending a year as a Manager for Cyber Security Special Projects at Disney, she found her dream job as the Director for Security and Cryptography Innovation for the Royal Bank of Canada.