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A New Era in Provable Security

Speaker: Vassilis Zikas
ETH Zurich

February 19, 2015 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Sage 3101
Hosted By: Dr. Bulent Yener (x6907)


As complex security challenges emerge, cryptography is called to provide secure solutions for a wide range of applications. Bridging the gap between theory and applications is perhaps the biggest challenge of contemporary cryptography. In this talk I discuss how the use of cross- disciplinary technologies can help us achieve this goal. I demonstrate this in two major problems in cyber-security, namely secure distributed computation and malware protection. For the former, I show how combining ideas from game theory and cryptography provides grounds for the design of highly efficient, more resilient, and simpler provably secure protocols. For the latter, I present a novel approach to provably secure detection of malware injection and the idea of a prototype system.


Dr. Vassilis Zikas is a Senior Reseach Associate at the Department of Computer Science of ETH Zurich. He is also a Research Fellow of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, UC Berkeley and a postdoctoral fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF). Dr. Zikas joined ETH Zurich in 2014 and is supported in part by a career development grant from the SNF. Prior to joining ETH Dr. Zikas was a postdoctoral researcher at UCLA (working with Rafail Ostrovsky) and at University of Maryland (working with Jonathan Katz). Dr. Zikas received his PhD in computer science from ETH Zurich in 2010 (advisor: Ueli Maurer).

Last updated: February 3, 2015