[sf-lug] Whitfield Diffie to speak at SF State...

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Mon Feb 2 13:39:16 PST 2009

FYI: From the SFSU Computer Science Graduate Seminar series. This is
open to non-SFSU folks as well.


We are proud to announce a distinguished speaker for the CS Graduate
Seminar: Whitfield Diffie, one of the inventors of public key
cryptography. Please note that this talk will not be given at the
usual location but in the Towers Conference Center (across the parking

Name    : Dr. Whitfield Diffie
Title   : The Past and Future of Information Security
Date    : February 18th, 2009
Time    : 5:30 p.m.
Location: Towers Conference Center
         800 Front Blvd (entrance on State Drive)

Information security as we know it today arises out of the growth of
radio in the early 20th century and that of computers in mid-century.
Each represented a challenge to known techniques for controling
information.  We will explore the history of these developments and
explore the challenge posed by web services and cloud computing today.

Dr. Whitfield Diffie, Chief Security Officer of Sun Microsystems, is
Vice President and Sun Fellow and has been at Sun since 1991. As Chief
Security Officer, Diffie is the chief exponent of Sun's security
vision and responsible for developing Sun's strategy to achieve that
vision. Best known for his 1975 discovery of the concept of public key
cryptography, Diffie spent the 1990s working primarily on the public
policy aspects of cryptography and has testified several times in the
Senate and House of Representatives. Diffie is a fellow of the Marconi
Foundation and is the recipient of awards from a number of
organizations, including IEEE, The Electronic Frontiers Foundation,
NIST, NSA, the Franklin Institute and ACM.

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