The infraNET Project and
Faculty of Math, University of Waterloo
Public Key Technology:
Storming the World in 25 Short Years
Paul C. Van Oorshot
Recipient of the 2000
J.W. Graham Medal in Computing & Innovation
Vice-President and Chief Scientist, Entrust Technologies
Friday, June 16, 2000
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Public-key cryptography was invented 25
years ago in the academic world. Today it is found in over 150 million
web browsers. As privacy and trust top the list of concerns cited by
on-line users, public-key cryptography is recognized as the only
technology capable of delivering security on an Internet scale.
Moreover, its true commercial relevance is only beginning to be
recognized: consider recent digital signatures laws, privacy
legislation, and the emergence of new business-to-business marketplaces
daily. We will examine how cryptography touches everyday life as we explore its
progression from academia to an increasingly technology-dependent world demanding down-loadable
music, smart phones and wireless e-mail.
Paul C. Van Oorshot
Paul C. Van Oorshot, VP and Chief
Scientist of Entrust Technologies, received three degrees from the
University of Waterloo Hon. B. Math. (84), M. Math. (86), Ph.D.
(CS) (88). As well as achieving academic excellence at UW, Paul was a
star athlete. He played varsity basketball, and was the team captain
(82-84), Most Valuable Player (82-83) and UW Athlete of the Year
(82-83). After graduating, he joined Nortel Secure Networks
(Bell-Northern Research) first as a cryptographic specialist and later
as a senior scientific advisor. In 1997, Paul became the chief security architect for
Entrust Technologies. Paul is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association
for Cryptologic Research (IACR) and of the Security Research Alliance (SRA), and
is co-author of the Handbook of Applied Cryptography (CRC Press, 1997).
He has published over 30 refereed scientific papers. He holds several
U.S. patents. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University.
Paul will receive the J.W. Graham Medal
in Computing and Innovation at convocation at the University of
Waterloo on June 17, 2000.
Entrust Technologies is a global leader
in providing secure e-business transactions and communications over
wireless networks, intranets, extranets and the Internet. Entrust has
offices across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom,
Switzerland, Germany and Japan. Established in 1994 as a spinoff of Nortel, Entrust
now has over 1300 customers worldwide.
For more information
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
This seminar is sponsored by the Faculty
of Mathematics and The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo.
The infraNET Project, initiated by the
University of Waterloo in 1996, is a partnership to advance Web and
Internet technologies. Its founding partners are: INFORIUM, MKS, Open
Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.
We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance
of the Institute for Computer Research, University of Waterloo.