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Ethernet Encryption

(T) One of my favorite keynotes at the RSA Security Conference is definitely the Cryptographers‘ Panel. The speakers at the panels are always the same –  two of the three inventors of the RSA public key encryption algorithm Ron Rivest and Adi Shamir  (Leonard Adleman – the “A” in RSA is never present) and the two inventors of the Diffie-Hellman key exchange algorithm Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman. This year for the first time, Martin Hellman was replaced by Dan Boneh, the inventor of identity-based encryption. Professor Rivest teaches at MIT, both Professors Hellman and Boneh teaches at Stanford University, Professor Shamir teaches at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, and Whitfield Diffie was the Chief Security Officer at Sun Microsystems. The debate is always moderated by the head of the RSA Labs, previously Dr. Burt Kaliski, and now Dr. Ari Juels.

Sometimes, the Cryptographers’ Panel can be a little bit boring since they are talking about papers that are over 35 years old, but most of the time they give you great insights about the present state and trends of information security and cryptography.

During the panel, Dan Boneh introduced its online cryptography course: Cryptography I and Cryptography II on Coursera. A good class to take to learn or re-learn cryptography.

Note: The picture above is an encrypted Ethernet packet – see my patent for more: US7864762.

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