Internet Authentication Solutions, Old and New

17.10.2017, 10:15 – 11:15

17.10.2017 10:15-11:15

Speaker: Prof. Paul van Oorschot, Carleton University, Canada | Location: Georg Christoph Lichtenberg-Haus, Dieburger Straße 241, Darmstadt

Organizer: TU Darmstadt / System Security Lab


Authentication is the foundation for Internet security, including for account access and key management for encryption in HTTPS. Entities requiring authentication include end-users, client devices and servers. Current solutions range from user passwords and alternatives aiming to augment or replace them, to cryptography-based public-key infrastructure (PKI) involving certificates and third-party certification authorities (CAs). We consider a broad spectrum of authentication issues, old solutions, new proposals, and the challenges they face.

Short Bio

Prof. Paul Van Oorschot is a Professor of Computer Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, where he is Canada Research Chair in Authentication and Computer Security. He is an ACM Fellow, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC), Canada's national academy. He was Program Chair of NSPW 2014-2015, USENIX Security 2008, NDSS 2001-2002, and co-author of the Handbook of Applied Cryptography (1996). He has served on the editorial boards of IEEE TDSC, IEEE TIFS, and ACM TISSEC, and as Scientific Director of NSERC ISSNet (2008-2013), a pan-Canadian strategic research network exploring computer and Internet security. His research interests include authentication and identity management, computer security, Internet security, security and usability, software security, and applied cryptography.