Seven cyber-security pioneers were honored with the prestigious RSA Conference Awards on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the RSA Conference, a security exhibition that attracts security professionals from around the world. The annual conference, which began in 1991, was held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
Awards were given in the following categories:
This was the 14th time the awards have been given out.
The conference also awarded Ronald Rivest, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT; Adi Shamir, a cryptography researcher; and Leonard Adleman, professor of biology and computer science at MIT, with the RSA Conference Lifetime Achievement Award. The three men developed the RSA algorithm, an encryption and cryptography algorithm, which takes its name from their last names. It’s the foundation for security in commerce.
Art Coviello Jr., president of RSA and executive vice president of the EMC Corp., told the crowd, “We have indeed been fortunate to stand on the shoulders of giants.”
The trio wrote about their algorithm in 1977 in the paper, A Method for Obtaining Digital Signatures and Public-Key Cryptosystems. Rivest’s research interests include cryptography, computer and network security, electronic voting and algorithms. Shamir has developed with his students and colleagues new cryptographic paradigms to be employed in an era of growth in computer networks and wireless communication. Adleman’s research interests include algorithms, computational complexity and DNA computing.
Keynotes on Tuesday were highlighted by security industry heavyweights. Speakers included Coviello; Scott Charney, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing; and Enrique Salem, president and chief executive officer of Symantec Corp.