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The infraNET Project and Faculty of Math, University of Waterloo

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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.

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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

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

Shirley Fenton
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4074

Seminar Sponsorship

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.