I'm a Tenured Reader in System Security (Associate Professor) at the Newcastle University. Im the Director of the Centre for Cybercrime and Computer Security (CCCS), a UK Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR). I'm a member of the Secure and Resilient Systems group and the Centre for Software Reliability (CSR).
Before that, I've been a tenured research scientist at the Information Security and Cryptography group of IBM Research - Zurich as well as IBM Corporation's Research Relationship Manager for Privacy and director of IBM's Privacy Research Institute (PRI).
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I've been leading an initiative to establish anonymous credential systems on electronic identity cards, more generally on the Java Card platform. We coined this Smart Identity Card, and contributed it to the FP7 EU project PrimeLife. Whereas we follow the same goal of strong authentication combined with privacy, the Java Card's trust model, limited access to crypto primitives and resource constraints make this a challenge. The system must be secure in face of untrusted terminals and, thus, cannot easily delegate computation to a more powerful device and still achieve practical response times with secure keys. Nevertheless, we were the first to establish a practical and autonomous anonymous credential system on a standard Java Card (on a JCOP 41/v2.2 to be precise).Read more...