Can you believe the Crypto?

Tuesday 11 October 2016
6.00pm - 8.00pm

Tally Ho Sports and Conference Centre, Pershore Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B5 7RN

Free and open to all.


Ian Batten (School of Computer Science)


In some academic work, it is often assumed that encryption “just works”. On the other hand, you will regularly hear accounts of gross weaknesses in encryption, with the implication that “it’s all broken”.

This talk will try to set both extremes in context, distinguishing between claims that are plausible and claims which stretch the bounds of credibility.

About the speaker:

I completed a software engineering degree at Birmingham University in 1986, and then after working for a short period as a research associate I went to BT Fulcrum, later Fulcrum Communications, later Fujitsu Telecommunications, where I spent 22 years in various Unix internals, network management systems, system administration, manufacturing resource planning and information security, finishing as Head of IT and then Head of Information Security. I then returned to Birmingham University in 2010, where I completed a PhD in the security of hardware-enforced secure execution. I am now a lecturer, teaching mostly networking and security, but also running our year in industry scheme.