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HSM Portal – Practical Tools built on Theory

Bond, M (Cryptomathic)
Wednesday 01 February 2012, 11:45-12:30

Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute


Cryptomathic has been working on a new approach to applications cryptography, inspired by the need to give useful and sound building blocks to applications developers, rather than flexible but dangerous tools. This is partly based on some ideas and work by George French, Senior Security Architect, Barclays. The talk describes novel features of our âM portalâ a cryptographic service which offers high-level primitives to applications, and abstracts away dirty detail of hardware security module and software cryptography and key management. Using a high-level approach allows the service to offer primitives closer to the theoretical models of black box cryptography than are ordinarily provided by a simple crypto library. Our talk will discuss why we believe the gap between applications developers requiring cryptography and security engineers/theorists is ever widening. We believe new tools are needed and proposed theoretical ideas need to be brought to life to bridge this gap, lest practice become totally disconnected from theory in the future.


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