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NTRU Experts to Head Public Key Security Seminar at 2003 Joint Mathematics Conference

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

NTRU’s William Whyte, Nicholas Howgrave-Graham and Daniel Lieman to Discuss Mathematical and Practical Considerations in Cryptography

NTRU, the only provider of strong security that fits everywhere, today announced that William Whyte, director of cryptographic research and development at NTRU, Nicholas Howgrave-Graham, senior cryptographer at NTRU and Daniel Lieman, NTRU co-founder and director of applications will speak at the American Mathematical Society’s 2003 Joint Mathematics Meetings. During the “Short Course on Public-Key Security,” organized by Lieman, they will discuss basic cryptographic techniques, how they are applied today, as well as the goals of current research. The course will be held in Baltimore, Maryland from January 13-14, 2003. NTRU cryptography provides user authentication and data encryption in highly constrained environments such as contactless smart cards and RFID devices. “With the lack of cost-effective, practical security techniques available for identification and payment tokens, cryptographic innovation is more important than ever,” said Lieman. “This course will help promote research and achievements that will ultimately enable consumers and enterprises alike to apply encryption to practical purposes.”

The Joint Mathematics Meetings aim is to advance mathematical achievement, encourage research and provide a communication forum conducive to field study and progress. During the two-day course in Baltimore, Whyte will describe implementation issues and security considerations for public-key cryptosystems based on the standard discrete logarithm problem. Howgrave-Graham will highlight current research in cryptography, including the challenge of constructing secure public-key cryptosystems. Lieman’s talk will survey the state-of-the-art construction of secure systems from public-key and symmetric-key cryptographic primitives. Other speakers will include academic researchers in mathematics and cryptography from the United States and Australia.
–  What:  “AMS Short Course on Public Key Cryptography”
–  Where: American Mathematical Society’s Joint Mathematics Meetings;
           Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland
–  When:  January 13-14, 2003
–  Who:   William Whyte, Director of Cryptographic R & D, NTRU
           Nicholas Howgrave-Graham, Senior Cryptographer, NTRU
           Daniel Lieman, Co-founder, Director of Applications, NTRU

Prior to joining NTRU, Whyte was senior cryptographer with Baltimore Technologies in Dublin, Ireland. He holds a B. A. from Trinity College, Dublin, and a D.Phil. from Oxford University.

Howgrave-Graham is a senior cryptographer at NTRU. He has published many papers on cryptography, including fundamental work on the security requirements for random number generators in the Digital Signature Algorithm. Before coming to NTRU, Howgrave-Graham worked for two years at the IBM, Yorktown Heights Research Lab in New York. He holds a B.A. from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a Ph.D. from the University of Bath.

Lieman co-invented certain NTRU technology and represents NTRU on a number of standards bodies. He has more than 20 years of experience in systems development and R&D. Lieman holds a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from Brown University.

About NTRU

NTRU is the only provider of strong security that fits everywhere. Based on the most fundamental innovation in cryptography in more than 20 years, NTRU eliminates historic price, performance and usability tradeoffs in security. NTRU delivers strong, fast security that operates with minimal power consumption and fits into a tiny footprint, making it easy for customers to build devices that people trust. NTRU security is gaining widespread adoption in the contactless, radio frequency identification (RFID), mobile communications, multimedia and embedded markets. Headquartered in Burlington, Mass., NTRU is backed by Texas Instruments, Sony Corporation, Macrovision, Lehman Brothers Venture Capital, Investor AB, Granite Ventures, Greylock and 3i. For more information, visit  

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