Privacy Technologies in the age of Donald Trump. Plausible Deniability and Transparent Encryption.
- Speaker: Professor Radu Sion, Stony Brook University, the Director of the National Security Institute, and the CEO of Private Machines Inc.
- Date: Tuesday, 22 August 2017 from 16:00 to 17:00
- Location: Room 151
Private or sensitive information is present on our disks, phones,
watches and computers. Its protection is essential. Plausible
deniability of stored data allows individuals to deny that their device
contains a piece of sensitive information. This constitutes a key tool
in the fight against oppressive governments and other sophisticated
And recent developments in democratic, developed countries seems to have
left plausible deniability as the last available tool in the fight for
privacy and personal freedom.
In this talk we explore existing traditional plausible deniability and
encryption solutions that can handle simple adversaries and then discuss
emerging new research results that provide defenses against more
powerful multi-snapshot state-level adversaries.
Radu Sion is a Professor at Stony Brook University, the Director of the
National Security Institute, and the CEO of Private Machines Inc.
Radu’s research is in Cyber Security and Large Scale Computing. He has
published 100+ peer reviewed works in top venues, and has organized 65+
conferences. Dr. Sion has received the National Science Foundation
CAREER award for his work on cloud computing security.
Radu has worked with and received funding from numerous industry and
government partners, including the US Air Force, the Office of the
Secretary of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the US Army,
the Intelligence ARPA, the Office of Naval Research, Northrop Grumman,
IBM, NOKIA, Motorola, Xerox Parc, Microsoft, SAP, CA Technologies, the
National Science Foundation, and many others.
Radu is currently leading Private Machines Inc, a cyber security startup
designing the next generation secure cloud computing technologies.