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The Google and University of Maryland Cybersecurity Seminar Series will continute the spring seminar series with Dr. Ari Juels, Chief Scientist of RSA, The Security Division of EMC, and Director of RSA Laboratories. Dr. Juels will speak on Thursday, March 14th at 5:30 pm in the Kim Engineering Building Lecture Hall, Room 1110. The title of his talk will be “Aggregation and Distribution in Cloud Security.” Dr. Juels’ talk will feature information on Cloud computing and virtualization, a key supporting technology. Cloud computing offers flexibility and agility in the placement of resources. Certain risks, however, arise from cloud services’ tendency to aggregate sensitive data and workloads. He will discuss side-channel attacks resulting from the co-location of disparate tenants’ virtual machines (VMs) on hosts and the vulnerabilities posed by databases aggregating the authentication secrets, e.g., password hashes, of numerous users. Conversely, cloud computing offers new opportunities to distribute data. Dr. Juels will also describe a new, research-driven RSA product that splits sensitive data across systems or organizations, removing the single points of compromise that otherwise naturally arise in cloud services.
Dr. Juels works to bring sparks of invention and insight from RSA's scientists and affiliates to the company at large and advises on the science behind RSA’s technology strategy and vision. He joined RSA in 1996. Dr. Juels’ dozens of research publications span a range of topics, including biometric security, RFID security and privacy, electronic voting, browser security, combinatorial optimization, and denial-of-service protection.
Dr. Juels has served as the program chair or co-chair for a number of conferences and workshops, and is a frequent invited speaker at industry events. In 2004, MIT's Technology Review Magazine named Dr. Juels one of the world's top 100 technology innovators under the age of 35. Computerworld honored him in its "40 Under 40" list in 2007. Dr. Juels’ cryptographic thriller novel Tetraktys (Emerald Bay Books) was published in 2009.
Dr. Juels received his B.A. in Latin Literature and Mathematics from Amherst College in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley in 1996.