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The Anatomy of a Crypto Protocol - November 17, 2009

It is our pleasure to host this distinguished lecture by  Prof. Joshua Guttman, Professor of Computer Science at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The lecture will be followed by a reception.Please feel free to forward this invitation.

Abstract: Acryptographic protocol is a device for achieving controlled agreement among different parties in a distributed system. The protocol may ensure that the participants all agree on certain parameters, and that some participants agree on some additional parameters. It must achieve its goals despite the presence of malices adversaries.This controlled agreement allows a protocol session to act as an transaction tailored to a particular application need. For this reason, cryptographic protocols are a central building block in trustworthy distributed systems. In this talk we will focus on a particular example, illustrating how it coordinates its participants. We will also illustrate the design process that led to a successful protocol.

Joshua Guttman is Professor of Computer Science at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Prior to joining WPI in August 2009, he was Senior Principal Scientist at The MITRE Corporation. He has specialized in information security, particularly application of logical techniques to information security. He has published extensively on the design and verification of cryptographic protocols.He has also published on filtering routers, the IP security protocols, trust management, and operating system security.
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