Whitfield Diffie meets with Dipartimento di Informatica - Università di Roma "La Sapienza"

Diffie special guest of "La Sapienza"

On January 31, Dr. Whitfield Diffie was a special guest of the Dipartimento di Informatica.

Best known for his discovery of the concept of public key cryptography, Dr. Diffie wrote in 1976 with Martin Hellman the paper New Direction in Cryptography. To find out more about our guest, see this link to the relate Wikipedia webpage.

After the seminar “What's Ahead in Security?”, Dr. Diffie joined a round table with the following Italian Information Security experts:

  • Luisa Franchina, National Department of Civil Protection
  • Corrado Giustozzi, Scientific journalist
  • Giovanni Manca, National Center for ICT in the Public Administration
  • Andrea Monti, Lawyer

HERE you can download the slides of the round table.

Finally, Dr. Diffie and Prof. Mancini also carried on a successful key-exchange experiment

Below, the abstract of the seminar and a small gallery with the best moments of the event. Larger size pictures available on request, please contact: Angelo Spognardi.

What's ahead in Security?

  • Who: Dr. Whitfield Diffie
  • Where: Aula Alfa - Dipartimento di Informatica, Via Salaria 113 - Roma
  • When: January 31, 2008
  • Presentaion: available HERE

Secure computing is about forty years old, having become distinct from the physical security of the computer only after the introduction of timesharing in the 1960s. In the intervening decades, secure computing has proven a very difficult problem and made far less progress than originally expected.

Today a number of new technologies from Trusted Platform Modules, to “computers built out of networks” to proof carrying code give promise of major breakthroughs. On the other hand, the introduction of web services will change our concept of security radically and may virtually eliminate secure computing as we know it today.