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ITI Distinguished Lecture: Ari Juels: "RFID Tags: Making Silicon Stretch"

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NCSA auditorium
Mar 17, 2009   4:00 pm  
Ari Juels of RSA Laboratories
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RFID tags will soon be the most numerous computing devices in the world. Their widespread use - and scant opportunities for post-deployment security patching - argue in favor of good security and privacy protections from the get-go. At the same time, cost and infrastructural realities starkly limit the capabilities of the actors in this flea circus. RFID solutions with paper appeal - like standard cryptography - are often hard to deploy.

In this talk, I'll describe example security challenges, such as those posed by RFID-enabled drivers' licenses and travel documents. Ill discuss approaches developed by RSA Labs and its collaborators to meet such challenges. These approaches stretch the native capabilities of RFID tags to achieve various forms of "poor mans" cryptography.

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Dr. Ari Juels is Chief Scientist and Director of RSA Laboratories, where he works to bring sparks of invention and insight from RSA's scientists and affiliates to the company as a whole. He joined RSA in 1996. His 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. He 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 him 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. His suspense novel Tetraktys (Emerald Bay Books) will be launched at the RSA Conference in April '09 and released in July '09. Ari 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.

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