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Stanford Crypto Expert Dan Boneh Wins $175k Computer Science Award

By Network World

April 1, 2015

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Stanford University computer science professor Dan Boneh's contributions to cryptography have earned him the 2014 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in Computing Sciences, which recognizes the work of young scientists and systems developers.

Boneh was cited "for ground-breaking contributions to the development of pairing-based cryptography and its application in identity-based encryption." Working jointly with Matt Franklin, Boneh built a novel technique for identity-based encryption, in which a user's public identity can serve as his public key.

Pairing-based cryptography has eased the usability and launch of security mechanisms over the past 10 years, and ACM president Alexander L. Wolf describes Boneh's work as revolutionary to cryptography. "He has added greatly to our understanding of important problems underlying modern cryptography systems," Wolf says. "Boneh has produced new directions and given the field a fresh start."

Industry standards such as IEEE P1363.3 and several IETF RFCs have formalized Boneh's research, and Boneh co-founded Voltage Security to commercialize identity-based encryption. Other cryptography and computer security applications Boneh has significantly contributed to include anti-phishing tools, compact digital signatures, fingerprinting of digital content, password protection, spam filtering, electronic voting, and side-channel attack analysis.

The award includes a $175,000 prize.

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