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FAU Frontiers in Science Public Lecture Series Presents ‘Cryptography in the Presence of Leakage’

BOCA RATON, FL (February 10, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will present Thomas Eisenbarth, Ph.D. as part of the 2012 Frontiers in Science public lecture series. “Cryptography in the Presence of Leakage” will take place on Friday, February 17 at 3:30 p.m. in the Charles E. Schmidt Biomedical Science Center, Room 126, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

Eisenbarth, an assistant professor in cryptology within the department of mathematical sciences in the College of Science, will discuss the science behind cryptography, which protects electronic information by transforming, or encrypting it, into an unreadable format.

“Increasingly many devices such as phones, cars and pacemakers process and communicate possibly sensitive personal data — as a result, electronic security is critical,” said Eisenbarth. “Only security solutions that are leakage resilient, withstand practical evaluation and match economic expectations guarantee a widespread use, and hence, more secure digital systems.”

Physical attacks exploiting information leakage are a major threat to embedded cryptographic engines. Practical countermeasures against physical attacks are not completely fail-safe and are overly expensive for most applications. The security of digital devices relies on cryptographic engines, which are usually considered the most trusted part of the system.  Eisenbarth will demonstrate how cryptographic solutions protect digital systems; how the protection can sometimes be broken; and how novel methods may make future attacks impossible.

Prior to joining FAU in 2010, Eisenbarth worked as a researcher at the Horst Goertz Institute for IT Security at University of Bochum, Germany, where he also received his Ph.D. Eisenbarth’s research interests include the design of embedded security solutions as well as efficient implementation of cryptographic algorithms in hardware and software. He is also interested in methods for analyzing and improving physical security and practical attacks on cryptographic implementations such as side channel cryptanalysis.

This lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and supported by FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Endowed Professorship in Science.  Printing and mailing of lecture series materials are made possible by a Warren Lloyd Holtzman Seed Grant, a component fund of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley.

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